The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organisation with the exclusively humanitarian mission to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and other forms of violence and provide them with assistance. It also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening International Humanitarian Law and universal humanitarian principles. The ICRC’s Regional Delegation in Nairobi is a hub that co-ordinates the institution’s humanitarian activities in Kenya, Tanzania and Djibouti and hosts the organizations’ regional logistics, technical and training support units serving the Horn and Great Lakes Region.
The Legal Adviser 2 advises delegation(s) on international humanitarian law (IHL) and national and/or international legal matters and conducts related legal work. The incumbent initiates, formulates and implements strategies to address identified issues and delegation objectives in the legal domain. They supervise and guide research on and analysis of specific legal matters and broader sectors of the national legal system.
Tasks and responsibilities
- Drafts legal notes/ analyses and contributes with legal aspects to working papers, summary reports, “ non-papers” etc related to delegation activities and objectives;
- Analyses the situation, advises and provides guidance on the applicable National and International legal frameworks and norms in relation to Delegation activities, objectives, strategies and plans of action to address identified legal and other related issues;
- Performs independent research on and analysis of specific legal issues as well as broader sectors of the National legal system;
- Coordinates and organises the IHL course for Humanitarian professionals and other IHL training for various audiences;
- Advises on socio-political and legal aspects of delegation’s strategy and operations and is responsible for the IHL section in the annual planning process;
- Work in close coordination with National Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies Legal Officers on all matters of national implementation, treaties and operations;
- Coordinates and supervises external consultancies on legal issues;
- Supports protection objectives and activities ( including in the fields of detention, missing persons, IDPs, etc);
- Advise the delegation on issues of national implementation of IHL and liaise with relevant Kenyan authorities on issues of domestication of international humanitarian law treaties;
- Supports the implementation of strategies, programs and action plans related to IHL treaty participation, the development of relevant domestic legal and policy frameworks and mechanisms for their implementations;
- Monitors developments in the National implementation of IHL and relevant International Human Rights Law norms;
- Maintains relations with academic circles, supports the teaching of IHL and develops and maintains relations with influential players and a network of partners and contacts linked to legal questions and policy as well as IHL promotion and implementation;
- In close collaboration with the Regional Legal Adviser, actively promote the Co-operation between ICRC and relevant universities in dissemination of IHL;
- Organise and conduct the National Moot and Essay competitions and contribute to the preparation and implementation of the All Africa IHL Competition;
- Ensure timely reports for the projects undertaken, and contribute to all other institutional reports on matters relating to IHL.
Minimum Requirements and competencies
- Master’s degree in law or specialization in a discipline of public international law, including IHL or IHRL;
- Admitted to the Bar/ Magistrate or PHD an advantage;
- Minimum 5 years working experience in a similar function;
- Experience in government, Judicial sector or an international organization or NGO;
- Teaching/ Dissemination experience, including at academic level;
- Connections to government and academic circles, including own network of interlocutors;
- Excellent command of written and spoken English and Good knowledge of Kiswahili (Knowledge of French is an asset);
- Precise, rigorous with high sense of confidentiality and integrity;
- Able to work efficiently under pressure with minimum supervision;
- Independent with sense of responsibility and initiative;
- Strong negotiation and communication skills;
- High organizational and analytical skills.
How to apply
The interested candidates should fill up a form by clicking the link below on or before 24th February 2023 at 4:30 pm then submit their CV, motivation letter, including references details, supporting documents (Certificates, Diplomas, Degree etc) and current and expected remuneration to ICRC Nairobi Delegation, HR Department via the email address provided below:
The reference Legal Adviser 2 must be stated in the application to be valid. If you do not fill out the required information as per the link provided or clearly state the position for which you are applying and attach the required certificates & other supporting documents, your application may not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Applicants must have the permanent right to work in Kenya.
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