Council of Governors (CoG) Director of Legal Services Job in Kenya

Sep 8, 2016

The Council of Governors (CoG) is established under Section 19 of the Intergovernmental Relations Act 2012 with the mandate to provide a mechanism for consultation amongst County Governments, share information on performance of the counties in execution of their functions, facilitate capacity building for governors, and consider reports from other intergovernmental forums on national and county interests amongst other functions (Section 20).

To enable the Council achieve its mandate and vision, the Council wishes to recruit results oriented individual with drive, vision and creativity to fill the following position:
Director of Legal Services
The Director of Legal Services will be expected to provide advice to the Council and Management on governance, corporate secretarial services, legal and regulatory and compliance matters. 

He/ She will render legal advice to the Chief Executive Officer for any legal actions to be initiated and /or defending the interest of the COG and advising on day to day legal matters.
Key duties and responsibilities:
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Legal Services will be responsible for:
  • Ensure efficient provision of legal services to the Council of Governors including response to and defense of the Council of Governors against any tribunal or court matter arising thereof.
  • Ensure compliance with the law in the operations of all divisions and sections within the Council of Governors
  • Perform legal and regulatory risk analysis as required for decision making, enforcement actions and statutory intervention.
  • Ensure legal and regulatory policy reform
  • Offer legal opinions to internal stakeholders
  • Participate in formulation, development and implementation of the Council of Governors’s strategy and work plans in particular related to formulating an enabling legal and regulatory framework aimed at ensuring that the Council of Governors performs its mandate as required by law
  • Ensure risk exposure is prudently managed
  • Provide company secretarial services to the Council of Governors and advice on good corporate governance practices.
  • Enhance day to day communication with the Council of Governors for the purpose of executing the work plan of the Council.
  • Prepare corporate briefs, presentations, cabinet memoranda, gazette notices and responses to parliamentary questions from time to time as required.
  • Ensure that the divisional work plans are set and implemented in line with the strategic plan and the Council may direct as from time to time.
  • Ensure that the performance contract targets that are under the division are achieved
  • Oversee day to day correspondence to internal and external stakeholders for achievement of divisional objectives.
  • Prepare, implement and control the divisional budget and costs.
  • Approve expenditure to delegated amounts in accordance with approved budget.
  • Oversee drawing of contracts and agreements for the organization;
  • Advise and ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements;
  • Ensure safe custody of legal documents
  • Supervise and develop staff in the division.
Required Qualifications and Experience
The ideal candidate shall possess the following:
  • Masters degree in Law from a recognized university
  • A law degree from recognized University
  • An advocate of the high court of Kenya
  • Hold a valid practicing certificate
  • Member of the Law Society of Kenya
  • Certificated Public Secretary qualifications
  • Advance computer applications
  • A member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya
  • 8 years’ experience with at least 4 years at senior level management
  • Negotiation and analytical skills;
  • Strong communication and reporting skills;
  • Strong organization and inter personal skills; and
  • Good leadership, mentorship and coaching skills
  • Meets the requirements of Chapter 6 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Good organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to research, digest, analyze and present material clearly and concisely.
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work on her/his own initiative.
  • Honesty and reliability and attention to detail.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to juggle a range of different tasks and to work extra hours to meet deadlines.
  • Discretion and an understanding of confidentiality
The contract duration is for three (3) years renewable annually subject to availability of resources and performance.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send a CV, cover letter, copies of ID, certificates, testimonials, current and expected remuneration, names and addresses of three referees to on or before Friday, 16th September 2016 and indicate the name of the position you are applying for as the Email subject


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