Legal officer

East African Community

Job Summary

To provide legal advice to the Lake Victoria Basin Commission as well as rendering other legal services.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description/Requirements

EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (RE-ADVERTISED)

The East African Community is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising the Republic of Burundi, the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of South Sudan and the Republic of Uganda with its Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.


The EAC mission is to widen and deepen economic, political, social and cultural integration to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value added production, trade and investments.

This is an exciting opportunity for highly motivated and result-driven professionals who are nationals of Republic of Burundi, Republic of South Sudan and the United Republic of Tanzania  and are invited to apply for the following  position  tenable at Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC)  .


LEGAL OFFICER (1 Post)
(REF: EAC/HR/2020-21/28)

Grade:                       P1

Office:                       Office of the Executive Secretary

Reports to:               Executive Secretary

Duty Station :           Kisumu, Kenya


Main Purpose of the Job:

To provide legal advice to the Lake Victoria Basin Commission as well as rendering other legal services.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Facilitate research and articulate regional best practices in harmonization of national laws;
  2. Draft, review and guide negotiations on Tripartite Protocols, Agreements, MOUs, Funding and Grant Agreements, Contracts and other legal documents ensuring their consistency with the mandate of the Commission and international law;
  3. Provide Partner States, upon request with all necessary legal support with regard to the implementation of the EAC Treaty, the Protocol establishing the LVBC and the Lake Victoria commission Act;
  4. Provide legal advice to the Commission in its relations with third parties and employees on matters concerning administration and employment;
  5. Represent the Commission in legal disputes;
  6. Perform any other duties as may be assigned by management.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law from reputable University;
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice or/and Certification of enrollment on the Bar in a Partner State;
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience at National and/or International level.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Excellent legal drafting skills;
  • Good communication and negotiation skills;
  • Proficiency in use of computers and report writing skills.

Eligibility for applications:

Applicants from all EAC Partner States are eligible to apply for the above position.


Terms and Conditions of Service:

The above position is tenable for a contract of five (5) years renewable once .

This position is subject to the application of the Quota System .


Fringe Benefits:

The established posts offer attractive fringe benefits including housing allowance, transport allowance, education allowance, a medical scheme, and insurance cover.


Education Qualifications:

All candidates applying must have qualifications that are recognized by the relevant national accreditation body in their respective Partner State. This condition is applicable for locally and internationally attained qualifications.

All professions that require registration with the specific professional bodies will be expected to do so in compliance with the requirements of their respective Partner States.


Relevant Working Experience:

Internship, training and apprenticeship will not be considered as relevant work experience.


Equal Opportunity:

The EAC is an equal opportunity employer; therefore, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. EAC will only respond to those candidates who strictly meet the set requirements.


How to Apply:

Interested candidates who meet the qualification and experience requirements for the above mentioned position are advised to :

  • Fill in the application form attached (download via the following link: https://www.eac.int/component/documentmananger/?task=download.document&file=bWFpbl9kb2N1bWVudHNfZG9jX2VHY2JrbGlqR0xQZnhDWGxYcHZjVkRNRUFDIEFQUExJQ0FUSU9OIEZPUk0=&counter=686);
  • attach their application letter,  a detailed CV, Copies of   certified academic certificates, and a copy of National Identity Card or Passport in PDF format scanned in one (1) file.
  • Please quote the respective reference number on both the application letter and envelope.
  • For electronic submission, please quote the respective reference number on the subject of the email and send to the address given below.

Applications should be submitted to the address below not later than Friday, 11th  June   2021.


Please note:

1.         You may submit your application either electronically or in hard copy but not both.

2.         Applications which do not :

    • have EAC application form;
    • indicate nationality and age;
    • have the reference number;
    • or have an application letter attached;
    • have certified copies of their academic degrees and other professional Certificates;
    • or fail to provide three referees will be disqualified.

3.         Only qualified candidates will be contacted

4.         EAC Staff Rules and Regulations preclude considerations of applicants above 55 years of age.

Please note that EAC does not require candidates to pay money for the recruitment process. All invitations for interviews will be done in writing.

 A due diligence will be conducted for all successful candidates in respect of their academic certificates (certification by  a recognized higher education body in respective Partner States)  and employment records .

The Secretary General
East African Community
P. o Box 1096
Arusha - Tanzania.
Tel: +255 27 2162100
Fax: +255 27 2162190
E-mail: vacancies@eachq.org
Website : www.eac.int

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