Regional Legal Counsel (Africa)

21 September 2022

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.

ICRC Regional Delegation in Nairobi is recruiting an experienced, highly motivated and qualified person to fill the position of: Regional Legal Counsel (Africa). This is a Kenyan National Position. 

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY

Within the Office of Corporate Legal Affairs (OCLA) team and the Corporate Legal Function ecosystem, the Regional Legal Counsel is in charge of providing substantive advice and ad hoc support to the various internal clients in the AFRICA region and in delegations, as well as coordinating corporate legal activities, building up and ensuring an efficient service delivery, including by providing support and awareness to the regions and delegations.

TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provides legal advice and support in all areas impacting the ICRC (HR, logistics, procurement, administration, operations, data protection, governance, fundraising, innovation, intellectual property, privileges and immunities, regulatory issues, etc.), with a specific focus on either HR/employment/contractual matters or any corporate legal issue;
  • Drafts, reviews and negotiates contracts for the ICRC in all areas needed, and drafts legal opinions;
  • Advises in the context of the adoption of various types of documents (policies, memos, position papers, risk assessments, etc.);
  • Follows and contributes to decision making processes and internal procedures (notably in the area of compliance, information security, risk management);
  • Represents the ICRC before judicial and administrative bodies for all matters pertaining to his/her areas of responsibility;
  • Liaises with, supervises and manages external counsel;
  • Promotes change and assists all stakeholders or services impacted within the ICRC by the evolution of OCLA (e.g. advising management teams, assisting services/units or delivering trainings);
  • Advises on and provides legal services regarding the ICRC's activities and operations in the regions covered, including to the regional offices and country offices at the technical and managerial levels, in relation to the management of legal risks in the areas of expertise mentioned under "general duties" section;
  • Provides legal advice principally on contracts, employment law, diplomatic law, administrative law of international organizations, regulatory matters and in general on all legal claims, commitments, and liabilities of the organization in the region covered;
  • The Regional Legal Counsel is placed under the hierarchical supervision of the General Counsel, Head of Corporate Legal Affairs. Whenever needed, she/he supports other Regional and Legal Counsel on activities within the OCLA remit.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND COMPETENCIES

  • University degree in law (Master of Arts minimum; Master of Laws Degree (L.L.M.) would be an asset);
  • Oral and written fluency in English and French mandatory; professional knowledge of Arabic, Russian or Spanish a strong asset;
  • Minimum 10 to 12 years of overall professional experience;
  • Minimum five (5) years as a corporate legal adviser required, with Human Resource/employment related practice or contractual practice;
  • National bar exam a strong asset;
  • Solid experience in contract law, employment law, business law, the law of international civil service or equivalent experience in applicable administrative law required;
  • Solid experience either in-house or in a law firm on corporate legal matters with a multinational dimension required;
  • Field experience handling legal issues, a strong asset;
  • Experience in the legal sector with International Organization/Non-Governmental Organization entities a strong asset;
  • Good knowledge of the non-profit and international organization sector;
  • Knowledge or experience of the ICRC an asset.

APPLICATION

The interested candidates should fill up a form by clicking the link below on or before 16th October 2022 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:
- Application Link
- E-mail: nai_hrrec_services@icrc.org

The reference Regional Legal Counsel (Africa) 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.

ICRC does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. All applications are free for all candidates and no one should require any payment or compensation during the recruitment process. May the candidate be asked for any fee, he/she must report to ICRC HR Department through the recruitment contact.

ICRC is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates regardless of disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

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