UNESCO Jobs- Legal Officer (179-229K) 2017




This Department exists to perform the following functions: legal policy development; analysis of legal instruments; legal documentation preparation and drafting; Providing legal advice and guidance; representation of the Commission in legal proceedings; Prosecution of cases in courts and litigation management.

Job Profile 

Grade- KNC 8
Reports- To Secretary General/CEO
Classification- Professional Management Level
Purpose of the Job- To ensure policy implementation and management of the legal services
Remuneration Gross pay -Ksh. 179,000 – 229,000 Pm
Non Practicing Allowance – 30,000
Leave Allowance – Ksh. 10,000
Medical Allowance – As per scheme rules
Group Life & Accident Cover– As per scheme rules
Terms Permanent and Pensionable
Pension Contribution rate (basic salary)
Employee 7.5%
Employer 12.5%

Responsibilities for the Legal Officer Job

  • The Officer will be responsible to the Secretary General/CEO for the coordination and implementation of the Legal Services in a results oriented and timely manner to achieve the Corporations’ goals, objectives and agreed performance targets. This will entail inter alia:
  • Coordinate the day to day business of the Legal Services Department.
  • Initiate the formulation of the Commission’s Legal policies, strategies, and plans and coordinate their evaluation thereof
  • Establish effective Legal administrative structures, processes and systems
  • Provide legal support in drafting of policies, directives and/ or instructions, and provide follow up activities as may be required.
  • Advice on adherence and Legal compliance with the national laws and international statutes;
  • Proactively guide and advice the Commission on all legal matters affecting its functions including new legislations;
  • Provide guidance to the Board on their duties and responsibilities related to matters of corporate governance;
  • Conduct legal research; write legal opinions and memoranda on matters relevant to the Commission as required,
  • Advise and participate in the negotiation of contracts, partnerships, memoranda of understanding (MOUs) and agreements generally,
  • Provide regular communication to the Secretary General/CEO and the Board on key Legal technical matters
  • Handle legal matters affecting or that may affect the Commission, including representation in courts, hearings and where else necessary
  • Any other tasks as may be assigned by the Secretary General/CEO.

Qualifications for the Legal Officer Job

  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in law from a recognized university,
  • Diploma in Law (from Kenya School of Law);
  • Possession of a LLM, or Master’s degree in Governance or law related discipline will be an added advantage,
  • Must be an advocate of the High Court of Kenya,
  • Possess a current practicing certificate,
  • Possession of a CPS (K) and registration with the Institute of Certified
  • Public Secretaries of Kenya will be an added advantage.
  • Experience Possess a minimum of nine (9) years of continuous experience in the legal profession three (3) of which should be within the corporate legal services Department of a reputable organization;
  • Demonstrated proven ability and results in managing a corporate legal portfolio;
  • Demonstrated experience in drafting, interpreting and executing legal instruments;
  • Have strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, Proficiency in computer Applications.

Personal qualities

Pro-active, approachable, flexible, have integrity and commitment to production results, self-motivated, dependable, organized, professional, and must satisfy the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya on leadership and integrity. Knowledge in legislative drafting is an added advantage.


How to Apply

  1. Download the KNATCOM 1A form from the website www.unesco.go.ke
  2. Complete the form and sign (Do Not attach any documents)

Send a hard copy to The Secretary General/CEO Kenya National Commission for UNESCO P.O. Box 72107-00200 National Bank Building, 14th Floor Harambee Avenue NAIROBI Send a soft copy in word format to [email protected] (Do Not attach any documents). Note: Only short listed and successful candidates will be contacted.