Principal Legal Officer

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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 citizens of East African Community Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Uganda) to apply for the following position tenable at East African Community-Secretariat.


Organ                        :           EAC Secretariat

Grade                        :           P4

Directorate               :           Counsel to the Community

Job reports to          :           The Counsel to the Community

Main Purpose of the Job:
To coordinate implementation of the Legal Division's programmes and activities; as well as render legal advice to the Community

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Initiate the review/development of policies, systems and processes for the smooth operations of the affairs of the Legal Division;
  • Provide effective leadership and administrative support to facilitate
  • implementation of the Legal Division's programmes and activities;
  • Establish performance monitoring systems for the Office of the Counsel to the Community and make regular performance reports for review Legal and Judicial Affairs;
  • Responsible for EAC Programme on Approximation of National Laws in the East African Community context;
  • Facilitate research and articulation of regional best practices in harmonization of laws and policies of the Community;
  • Responsible for coordination of Regional Judicial Education / Training;
  • Draft and review agreements, contracts and other legal documents ensuring consistency with the Community mandate;           
  • Provide legal advice in administrative and institutional matters;
  • Provide legal advice all contractual matters, rights and obligations involving the Community and 3rd parties;
  • Represent the Community in legal disputes in the East African Court of
  • Justice, other Courts of Judicature and other fora;
  • Draft, review and negotiate tripartite Protocols, agreements, MoUs, funding and grant agreements;
  • Facilitate the ratification of policy instruments;
  • Any other duties as shall be assigned from time to time.

Qualification and Experience:

  • A Masters Degree in Law from a reputable University with a Certificate of enrolment on the Bar;
  • A minimum of 10 years relevant experience at National /Regional/ International level;
  • Skills and Competencies:
  • Highly developed skills in Legal Research and Report Writing;
  • Good negotiation and Interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills; and
  • Proficiency in office application computer packages.
  • 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.

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 States. 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 positions are advised to send their applications, detailed curriculum vitae, photocopies of academic certificates, names and contact details of three referees, and copy of National Identity Card, or Birth Certificate or Passport showing date of birth. 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, 13th July 2018.

Please note:

You may submit your application either electronically or in hard copy but not both.
Applications which do not: indicate nationality and age; 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.
Only qualified candidates will be contacted
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.

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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