Kenya Law – Editor / Chief Executive Officer.

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About the Council

The National Council for Law Reporting (Kenya Law) is a State Corporation established under the National Council for Law Reporting Act, 1994. Its mandate is:

a) To monitor and report on the development of Kenyan jurisprudence through the publication of the Kenya Law Reports;

b) To revise, consolidate and publish the Laws of Kenya under delegated authority from the Attorney General; and

c) To undertake such other related publications and perform such other functions as may be conferred by law.

Kenya Law is the focal point institution in providing access to public legal information. It is led by a Council of Members chaired by The Hon. Chief Justice and managed through a Secretariat headed by the Chief Executive Officer /Editor. Kenya Law’s principal office is in Nairobi. 

Kenya Law is seeking suitably qualified candidates to fill the following vacancy:

Editor / Chief Executive Officer

JOB DESCRIPTION, QUALIFICATIONS, TERMS OF SERVICE AND APPLICATION PROCEDURE

JOB TITLE         : EDITOR/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

REF                  : KL/HR/2021/057

JOB GRADE      : KLR 1

REPORTING TO: THE CHAIRPERSON, COUNCIL FOR LAW REPORTING

Current basic salary (excluding allowances and benefits): Ksh. 152,060 – 302,980 p.m.
This is an exclusive opportunity to serve in a unique, award-winning and leading national institution and it calls for a mix of skills in leadership, management, legal research and analysis and legal publishing.

Key responsibilities

The key responsibilities to this position include:

  • Overall responsibility for the administration and management of Kenya Law;
  • Coordinating with the Council to define the strategic priorities of the Council in order to secure the successful achievement of its mandate (vision/mission);
  • Subject to the directions of the Chair of the Council, organize the meetings of the members of the Council and the Committees of the Council;
  • Support the operations and administration of the Council by advising and informing Council members and supporting Council’s performance evaluation;
  • Overseeing the implementation of decisions and resolutions and managing the corporate governance relationship between the members of staff and the members of the Council.
  • Reviewing and implementing, as necessary, the Corporate Policies, Strategic Objectives, Strategies and relevant activities in the Council to ensure that the Vision and Mission are realized;
  • Exercising managerial oversight over All functions of the Council, namely, Law Reporting, Law Revision, Research and Development and Support Function;
  • Coordinating, planning, managing and controlling the affairs of the Council;
  • Providing leadership in the development and implementation of the various operational and financial systems required for the effective management of the organization
  • Providing guidance to Team Leaders in the implementation of the corporate strategy;
  • Ensuring that all day-to-day operations of the organization are effectively and efficiently coordinated and implemented.
  • Providing clear leadership that promotes and fosters a team culture consistent with Kenya Law values.
  • Developing and maintaining effective strategic relationships with key stakeholders.

Professional Qualifications Skills and Attributes

The position calls for a mix of skills in Organizational management, law reporting, legal publishing and Research. 

The ideal candidate will be a citizen of Kenya who has the following qualifications:

i. Holds a Law Degree from a recognized university, or is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, or possesses an equivalent qualification in a common-law jurisdiction;

ii. A Master’s degree in Law (LLM) is an added advantage;

iii. At least ten (10) years’ experience as a Superior Court Judge or professionally qualified Magistrate; or at least ten (10) years’ experience as a distinguished academic or legal practitioner or such experience in other relevant legal field;

iv. Holds the qualification specified in (iii) above for a period amounting, in aggregate, to ten (10) years;

v. Attendance of a Management course lasting not less than four (4) weeks will be an added advantage;

vi. Excellent and demonstrable legal writing, legal editing, legal analysis and legal research skills;

vii. Excellent organizational, leadership, management, resource mobilization and decision making skills;

viii. The ability to conceptualize, develop and implement a corporate strategy;

ix. Creativity, innovation and a passion for continuous learning and development;

x. Demonstrable contemporary computer and ICT skills;

xi. Applicants must demonstrate a high degree of professional competence, communication and interpersonal skills, leadership and management skills, fairness, good temperament, good judgment in both legal and life experiences and commitment to public and community service.

All shortlisted candidates are required to demonstrate their compliance with Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya by providing clearance certificates from the following institutions: HELB, KRA, EACC, their relevant professional body and a certificate of good conduct from DCI.

Terms of service

This position is a job in the public service within the meaning of that term in the Constitution of Kenya, 2010. The successful candidate will be engaged to be based at the Council’s head-office in Nairobi on a three-year contract which is renewable once subject to satisfactory performance.

    Application procedures

All applications are to be submitted by email with the subject ‘Application for Editor/CEO” to ceo@kenyalaw.org

The application should have the following requirements:

i. A cover letter

ii. A recent coloured passport-size photograph

iii. A copy of one’s national identity card

iv. A curriculum vitae setting out the following information about oneself, in the following order:

       1. Name, gender, date of birth and contacts

       2. Academic and professional qualifications

       3. A list of academic and professional certificates

       4. Previous work experience and/or professional engagements

       5. Membership of any professional associations

       6. The titles, dates and forum of any publications, research, academic papers, lectures, presentations etc. by the candidate

       7. The range of languages spoken, including one’s mother tongue

       8. Any engagements in community service and social welfare activities.

       9. The names and contacts of three (3) persons who can attest to the applicants academic, professional and moral excellence

v. Continuous document in PDF format containing the scanned images of the relevant academic and certificates. Applicants who are called for an interview will be required to bring with them the originals of their national identity card and their academic and professional certificates.

Paper-based applications posted to or delivered to Kenya Law will not be considered.

The deadline for receiving the applications of interested candidates is 26th July 2021 at 1700 hrs (East African Time)

Kenya Law is an equal-opportunity employer. In keeping with its obligations under the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 particularly Articles 27 and 232(1)(h) Kenya Law encourages eligible persons from minority groups or marginalized communities and persons with disabilities to apply for this vacancy.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Candidates who canvass for the position will be disqualified.

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