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Legal Advisor




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Recruiter: U.S. Embassy Updated on: 2018-03-01 02:10:02
Contract Permanent
Location: Nairobi Available: Immediately
Category: Legal Offer: FP-5 FSN-10




The Department of Justice (DOJ) has an opening for the position of Legal Advisor. The position will be available immediately. Closing date for this position is February 28, 2018.


Minimum Requirements

Qualifications Required:

NOTE:  All applicants are instructed to address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each criterion.

Other Criteria




Job Specification


Under the supervision of the Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) the job holder will serve as the principal FSN Legal Advisor to Department of Justice’s (DOJ) mission in Kenya. S/he will develop, plan and implement comprehensive capacity building/technical assistance programs for the Department of Justice/ Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (DOJ/OPDAT) under the terms of Interagency Agreements with the Department of State and provide legal/juridical assistance and counsel in the form of written and oral reports based on Kenyan law and comparative law for OPDAT, DOJ HQ and other Embassy entities.


1. Legal Analysis and Counsel       (25% of time )                                                                                                                            

Serve as the principal FSN Legal Advisor to DOJ’s mission in Kenya. Provide analysis and counsel on Kenyan legal issues related to OPDAT programs. Research, interpret and summarize proposed and existing Kenyan federal and state laws in areas such as criminal procedure, the accusatory system and human rights. Provide legal advice to senior DOJ attorneys based on his/her expertise in criminal law and procedure. Develop and manage reporting on legal and legislative issues. Analyze and report on developments in the Kenyan press and law enforcement/legal community relevant to DOJ priorities. Review and provide input on legal matters in cables and other official communications.

2. Program Implementation         (25% of time)                                                                                                                                   

Develop, implement and supervise programs and legal exchanges between the USG and Kenya. Provide technical assistance to the RLA, DOJ attorneys as well as other conference organizers and speakers. Provide work guidance and monitor performance of third-party contractors charged with logistical coordination of events and other services.  Create legal training materials and curricula consistent with Kenyan law and best practices. Report on program accomplishments and milestones. Work with a team to develop, organize and implement conferences to include assisting with identification of program venues, assuring coordination with conference partners, assisting on site with conference organization.

3. Legal Liaison      (15% of time)                                                                                                                                                      

Develop and maintain relationships between DOJ, Embassy partners and mid to high-level officials in Kenyan law enforcement, legislature, judiciary and non-governmental organizations.  Assist with sensitive and cross-cultural communications between contacts, the RLA and other DOJ attorneys. Work directly with counterparts in the development of institutional policies and procedures.

4. Planning and Program Management       (20% of time)                                                                                                               

Negotiate long-term and short-term training projects with host country counterparts. Develop and evaluate training programs, legislative assistance, and legal exchanges. Provide input and assistance in developing multiyear Interagency Agreements with the Department of State.

5. Judicial, Legislative, Media Reporting and Administrative Assistance    (15% of time)                                                                                                                                                     

The Legal Assistant will track both criminal and civil court cases and be called upon to draft summaries and review publicly-filed pleadings.  The Legal Assistant will also research and analyze draft legislation, relevant laws, and international treaties.  The Legal Assist will monitor media reporting about matters within the justice sectors in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, among other places.  The Legal Assistant may be called upon to draft short papers on developments in the justice sector.     The Legal Assistant will be called upon to handle office administration, including management of supplies, communications, visitors, logistics and budgetary matters.  The Legal Assistant may be called on to coordinate with OPDAT in Washington, D.C.

Note: This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by incumbent. Incumbent will be required to perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.  

(1)   AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
(2)   AEFM / USEFM
(3)   FS on LWOP** 

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of the most recent Member Copy Four (4) of the DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and, if applicable, a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  If claiming conditional eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference, applicants must submit proof of conditional eligibility.  If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veterans’ preference will not be considered in the application process.  Mission HR’s decision on eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference after reviewing all required documentation is final.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP.    

 Additional Selection Criteria: 

à        Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and residency status in determining successful candidacy. 
à        Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.
à        Current Ordinarily Resident employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report are not eligible to

à        Currently employed U.S. Citizen EFMs who hold a Family Member Appointment (FMA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their

à       Currently employed NORs hired under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment unless
      currently hired into a position with a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule. 

    Applicants must be available for an interview and for proficiency testing as required by the selecting official.  

To Apply:

1.  Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application.  Candidates who claim conditional U.S. Veterans preference must submit documentation confirming eligibility for a conditional preference in hiring with their application.

2. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.
The U.S. Mission in Nairobi provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in :

Employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability,

Political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to

achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity

enhancement programs.

The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied

Equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation.  Individuals with such

complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for

prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief. 

1.  Eligible Family Member (EFM):  An individual related to a U.S. Government employee in one of the following ways: 

 2.  U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Member (USEFM):  For purposes of receiving a preference in hiring for a qualified position, an EFM who meets the following criteria: 

3.  Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM):  EFM (see above) eligible for a Family Member Appointment for purposes of Mission employment: 
·         Is a U.S. citizen; and
·         Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) or a child of the sponsoring employee
       who is unmarried and at least 18 years old; and
·         Is listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126, Foreign Service Residence and
     Dependency Report, of a sponsoring employee, i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or 
      uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad at a U.S. mission, or at
      an office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), and who is under chief of mission authority; and
·         Is residing at the sponsoring employee's post of assignment abroad or, as appropriate, office of the
      American Institute in Taiwan.
·         Does not receive a Foreign Service or Civil Service annuity  

4.  Member of Household (MOH):  An individual who accompanies a  direct-hire Foreign, Civil, or uniformed service member permanently assigned or stationed at a U.S. Foreign Service post or establishment abroad, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan.  An MOH is: 

 A MOH is under COM authority and may include a parent, unmarried partner, other relative or adult child who falls outside the Department’s current legal and statutory definition of family member.  A MOH does not have to be a U.S. Citizen.  

5. Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR)An individual who: 

 NOR employees are compensated under a GS or FS salary schedule, not under the LCP. 

6. Ordinarily  Resident (OR) – A Foreign National or U.S. citizen who: 

 EFMs without U.S. Social Security Numbers are also OR.  All OR employees, including U.S. citizens, are compensated in accordance with the Local Compensation Plan (LCP).     



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