Senior Legal Officer

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi

Kenya Forestry Research institute

Job Description

Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) is a State Corporation established in 1986 whose mandate is to undertake research in forestry and allied natural resources, generate and promote improved technologies for sustainable development. The Institute is both EMS 14001: 2004 and QMS 9001:2008 certified.



Responsible for ensuring Institute’s compliance with the required legal standards and maintenance of good corporate governance through Provision of Board Secretarial services, Legal advice, and compliance to operations within the Public Service.

a) Duties and Responsibilities

• Provide high quality, professional Board secretarial and legal support to enhance the administration of good governance functions and ensure compliance with relevant statutory obligations;

• Develop and operationalize effective and efficient institutional corporate and legal system;

• Establish and implement mechanism for dealing with litigation matters;

• Liaising with the Board Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer in scheduling of meetings and preparation of agenda for Board meetings;

• Coordinating Board matters by preparing, confirming, filing and dispatching Board Agenda, Board minutes and Board action reports;

• Advising the Institute and staff on new legislations, best legal practices and likely impacts on the Institute’s operations;

• Act as the legal custodian and use of Institute’s seal, legal documents, board and Board

Committee minutes;

• Provide legal advisory services to all areas of the operations with regard to contracts, Compliance, procurement, Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs), and other areas of potential risk to the Institute to ensure compliance with existing law and regulatory requirements;

• Offer legal advice during negotiations and interpreting documents within the Institute;

• Coordinate the preparation and review of contractual agreements and (MOUs) within the


• Lead, advise and manage litigations and disputes between various stakeholders and the

Institute to protect the Institute’s assets & reputation;

• Liaise with the Attorney General’s office on legal suits against the Institute;

• Advise on appointment of external lawyers to represent the Institute or handling court cases on behalf of the Institute;

b) Requirements for appointment:

i. Minimum nine (9) years’ relevant legal experience with at least three (3) years in senior management.

ii. Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) from a recognized University

iii. A post Graduate qualification in Law from the Kenya School of law

iv. An advocate of the High Court of Kenya

v. Valid Membership to the Law Society of Kenya

vi. Certified Public Secretary of Kenya CPS (K)

vii. Valid Membership to the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK)

viii. Should have experience in property rights and patents

ix. Certificate in computer applications skills from a recognized institution;

x. Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education mean grade C+ (plus) or its equivalent from a recognized Institution; and

xi. Have clearance certificates as contained in Chapter six of the Kenya Constitution 2010 from

Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Ethics and Ant-Corruption Commission (EACC), Police,

Higher Education Loans Board (HELB), an approved Credit Reference Bureau and

Commission on University Education (CUE) for degrees obtained outside Kenya.

How to apply:

Interested persons should send their applications and attach their Curriculum Vitae and copies of relevant professional/academic certificates and national identification card. They should also include their day and evening telephone numbers, e-mail address and names and addresses of three referees to reach the undersigned not later than 5.00 PM on Monday, 11th June, 2018.

Envelopes containing the documents should clearly be marked with the position applied for and addressed to:-

The Director/CEO

Kenya Forestry Research Institute

P.O. BOX 20412-00200, City Square,


KEFRI is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to Diversity and Gender Equality. Applications without the relevant qualifications, copies of required documents will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Any canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.