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  • Posted: Mar 15, 2021
    Deadline: Mar 23, 2021
  • IGAD was created in 1996 to supersede the Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development(IGADD), which was founded in 1986. This followed the recurring and severe drought and other natural disasters between 1974 and 1984 that caused widespread famine, ecological degradation and economic hardship in the Eastern Africa region. Althoug...
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    Chief Legal Officer (Head of Legal Services)

    Report to: Chief Executive Officer

    Department: Legal Services

    Grade: IGRTC Grade 2

    Salary Scale: KES 215,964.00 – 318,231.00

    House Allowance: KES 60,000.00

    Commuter Allowance: KES 20,000.00

    Leave Allowance: As per the existing allowances in the Committee

    Annual Leave: 30 working days

    Medical Cover: As per the existing scheme in the Committee

    Terms of Service: Three years contract renewable

    Job Summary: This position exists to facilitate review of policies and legislation to conform to the devolved system of governance, development of Legal advisories and instruments, as well as undertaking legal research in line with the IGRTC strategic plan and departmental work plan.

    Operational Responsibilities / Tasks

    • Providing legal advisories on matters relating to the mandate of the Technical Committee;
    • Developing legal research on matters touching on the mandate of IGRTC, for purposes of apprising the Technical Committee;
    • Spearheading the review of the interpretation and implementation of policies and legislation to ensure conformity with the Constitution of Kenya;
    • Preparation of legal instruments in line with the mandate of the Technical Committee;
    • Maintaining an up to date data base of all national and county legislation touching on devolution and intergovernmental relations;
    • In liaison with the office of the Attorney General, coordinate the representation of IGRTC in litigation matters, including preparing legal briefs and submissions for court;
    • Preparation of legal briefs and advisories to apprise and support the Technical Committee in undertaking dispute resolution in intergovernmental disputes
    •  Monitoring the review of legislation at both levels of government and sensitizing the Technical Committee on the same;
    • Overseeing preparation of the work plans of the Department;
    • Developing, implementing and maintaining a process for monitoring the division’s performance in terms of achieving its strategic objectives.
    • Ensuring compliance with the approved work plans and execution timelines.
    • Facilitate preparation of proposals for resource mobilization.
    • Coordinate preparation of the department’s quarterly reports.

    Competencies Required

    • Strong analytical skills with ability to pay attention to details;
    • Ability to observe and understand business processes; ensure processes are documented completely and accurately;
    • Self-driven individual with ability to work with minimum supervision;
    • Good communication skills, both verbal and written;
    • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills;
    • Ability to maintain the highest standards of ethics, confidentiality and professionalism;
    • Strong time-management and organization skills;
    • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure;

    Requisite Qualifications

    • Have a Master’s degree in any of following disciplines: Law, International Relations, Criminology, Insurance, Business Administration, Human Resource Management or an equivalent qualification from a recognized institution;
    • Have a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B) from a recognized institution;
    • Have a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies
    • Proficiency in computer applications;
    • Have a good understanding of the mandate of IGRTC and the role of the Legal Function in realization of the same; and
    • Have demonstrated outstanding professional, managerial and leadership competence in discharging the Legal Function as reflected in work performance and results.

    Professional Qualifications / Membership to professional bodies

    • Be an advocate of the High Court of Kenya for a minimum period of 5 years;
    • Be a member of the Kenya Law Society of Kenya for a minimum period of 5 years;
    • Valid practicing certificate from the Kenya Law Society of Kenya.
    • Have a Certificate in Strategic Leadership lasting not less than six (6) weeks from a recognized institution;
    • Meet the requirements of Chapter 6 of the Constitution and attach clearance certificates from DCI- Certificate of good conduct, EACC, HELB -Compliance Certificate , KRA – Compliance Certificate and CRB – Clearance Certificate

    Previous relevant work experience required

    • Have at least twelve (12) years professional experience in public service three (3) of which should be in the level of Deputy Director or an equivalent senior management position.


    • Have served in a reputable organisation for twelve (12) years, five (5) of which should be in a senior management position.
    • Have demonstrable competence in administration of not less than five (5) years;

    Please Note:

    • Candidates must meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and attach all relevant clearance certificates when submitting their applications.
    • Candidates should provide all the details requested for in the advertisement. It is an offence to include incorrect information in the application. Details of academic and professional certificates not obtained by closure of the advert should not be included.
    • Only shortlisted and successful candidates will be contacted.
    • Canvassing in any form will lead to automatic disqualification.
    • IGRTC is committed to implementing the provisions of the Constitution – Chapter 232 (1) on fair competition and merit, representation of Kenyans diverse communities and affording equal employment opportunities to men and women, members of all ethnic groups and persons with disabilities. Therefore, people with disabilities, the marginalized and the minorities are encouraged to apply.
    • Shortlisted candidates shall be required to produce originals of their National Identity Card, academic and professional certificates and transcripts during interviews.
    •  It is a criminal offence to present fake certificates/documents.
    • Serving officers shall be required to produce the original letter of appointment to their current substantive post during the interview.

    Method of Application

    Applications should reach the Committee on or before 23rd March, 2021 latest 5.00 pm

    Interested and qualified persons are requested to make their applications to;

    Chief Executive Officer
    Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee
    Parklands Plaza, Chiromo Lane/Muthithi Road Junction, Westlands
    P.O Box 44880-00100


    Through email;, Subject of the email “Chief Legal Officer

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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