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Legal Associate- Kenya

Nairobi

  • Organization: CIFOR - Center for International Forestry Research
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: Closed
Reference number: null
Job status: In-progress
Job category: Local Position
Duty station: Nairobi, Kenya
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CIFOR-ICRAF
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) envision a more equitable world where trees in all landscapes, from drylands to the humid tropics, enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR and ICRAF are non-profit science institutions that build and apply evidence to today’s most pressing challenges, including energy insecurity and the climate and biodiversity crises. Over a combined total of 65 years, we have built vast knowledge on forests and trees outside of forests in agricultural landscapes (agroforestry). Using a multidisciplinary approach, we seek to improve lives and to protect and restore ecosystems. Our work focuses on innovative research, partnering for impact, and engaging with stakeholders on policies and practices to benefit people and the planet. Founded in 1993 and 1978, CIFOR and ICRAF are members of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food secure future dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources.

CIFOR-ICRAF is looking for a

Legal Associate- Kenya

Overview

Responsible for assisting in the Legal Office function within the Board Strategy and Legal Affairs Unit, with special emphasis on contract support. This role supports and assists the Senior Legal Officer and the Legal Officer in their assigned duties and responsibilities.

Duties and responsibilities

  1. Assist in drafting, revising, reviewing and negotiation of all centre agreements and assist develop and improve on existing contract templates.
  2. Assist legal offices in Undertaking research on the legal environment in all countries which the centres operate.
  3. Assist in legal research and preparation of legal opinions and advisory.
  4. Assist in developing, reviewing, harmonization and implementation of ICRAF’s Policies and Guidelines related to legal issues, funding agreements, and Intellectual Property matters
  5. Keep abreast with legal & policy developments at national, regional, and international level and assist in providing updates and advice on such developments in law that are relevant to the Centres.
  6. Assist in drafting, revising, reviewing and negotiation of all centre agreements and assist develop and improve on existing contract templates.
  7. Assist legal offices in Undertaking research on the legal environment in all countries which the centres operate.
  8. Assist in developing, reviewing, harmonization and implementation of ICRAF’s Policies and Guidelines related to legal issues, funding agreements, and Intellectual Property matters.
  9. Keep abreast with legal & policy developments at national, regional, and international level and assist in providing updates and advice on such developments in law that are relevant to the Centres.
  10. Assist in coordinating capacity building trainings and consultation on legal and/ or Intellectual Property within the Centre.
  11. Assist in conducting legal risk analysis/ Audit and legal due diligence.
  12. Develop and manage a master template database for contracts, applicable laws and regulations, and other precedents.
  13. Assist Legal Office in litigation and managing case support, assist maintain the litigation register & Schedule of Claims and assist maintain liaison with external counsel.
  14. Assist in negotiations & out of court resolutions involving partners, donors, and suppliers.


Requirements

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from a recognized university.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.
  • A current Practicing Certificate.
  • 1-2 years post admission experience in handling commercial contracts, Intellectual Property matters and litigation.
  • Legal knowledge & expertise in legal matters Including Intellectual Property, Employment & Labour Law among others.
  • Experience in an international organization or non-profit sector.
  • Good knowledge of international administrative law.
  • Good understanding of labour laws, Human Resources practices, policies, concepts, and procedures.


Education, knowledge and experience

  • • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from a recognized university. • Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. • A current Practicing Certificate. • 1-2 years post admission experience in handling commercial contracts, Intellectual Property matters and litigation.

Terms and conditions

  • This is a Locally Recruited position. CIFOR-ICRAF offers competitive remuneration in local currency commensurate with skills and experience.

Application process

The application deadline is 04 Feb-2023
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.


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