Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service(KEPHIS) - Legal Officer

Job Specifications
Duties and responsibilities
• Preparing legal briefs on case files
• Drafting of agreements, contracts, leases and maintaining records of such transactions
• Liaising with external legal counsel on legal matters affecting the Corporation.
• Verifying all contracts, agreements, leases in which the Corporation enters into to ensure compliance
• Undertaking research on assigned legal issues
• Vetting and verification of documents before execution by authorized representatives of the Corporation
• Preparing witnesses and the evidence as well as presenting the same in court while keeping an updated record of all court cases
• Collaborating and corresponding with external advocates on all pending court cases
• Attending to internal company queries of legal nature in the facilitation of normal business
• Responding to inquiries regarding specific case files
• Initiating payment of legal fees for external lawyers
• Undertake the legal review of legislative framework of KEPHIS
• Ensuring proper documentation of all legal Documents
• Attending court hearings where the Corporation is an interested party.

Persons Specification
For appointment to this grade, a candidate must have: -
• Bachelor’s Degree in Law from a university recognized in Kenya;
• Post Graduate Diploma in Law;
• Advocate of the High Court of Kenya;
• Current Practicing Certificate;
• Membership to Law Society of Kenya;
• Proficiency in ICT;
• Interpersonal, communication and analytical skills
• Knowledge of public service regulations and procedures
• Be a team player, high degree of integrity, self-driven, honest and ability to work independently and meet deadlines
• Be conversant with laws of the country and the common practice of the field
• Computer literacy and proficiency in Microsoft office packages.
• Problem solving skills
• Good communication, data analysis, report writing and presentation skills
• Compliance with chapter six of the constitution.

Skills
• Technical skills
• Drafting skills
• Planning skills
• Reporting skills
• Interpersonal relationship skills
• Communication skills
• Problem solving skills
• Computer literacy and proficiency skills
• Data analysis and presentation skills.

Competencies
• Ability to work under pressure;
• Ability to work independently and in a team;
• Ability to multi-task;
• An understanding of the planning process from start to completion;
• Experience using IT systems including database management; and
• Excellent administrative capabilities