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The Kenya Law Reform Commission together with New York University Abu Dhabi seeks to engage highly motivated and legally trained Kenyans to undertake a research project on Access to Justice in Kenya’s Magistrates’ Courts. Successful applicants will be engaged for a period of six months commencing in January 2019, with the possibility of extension for a further six months or more.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The KLRC has partnered with New York University Abu Dhabi to undertake an externally-funded research study on the effects of observation and legal research assistance on legal outcomes in Kenya's Magistrates' Courts. This project is part of the Economic Development and Institutions programme and is funded with UK aid from the UK government.

Case clerks will be allocated to magistrates to assist with legal research and judgment writing. Court observers will attend court proceedings and report on the quality and substance of proceedings. The study will be conducted at various court stations around the country, however the initial implementation will be rolled out in four court stations in the Nairobi area. Clerks and observers will report to the Project Co-ordinator based at the KLRC.

  1. COURT OBSERVERS (12 POSTS)

Court observers will be assigned to specific court cases at a court station, and follow those cases throughout the case’s lifecycle. They will be trained on the substantive and procedural aspects of the types of cases they will be following, and on how to use a web-based app designed for tracking court cases. They will work with a team of enthusiastic, motivated individuals to ensure that all selected cases are attended and carefully tracked using our data collection tool, so that project implementation at the court station is consistently high quality.

Duties

  1. Attend assigned court proceedings and trainings related to the research project
  2. Exercise discretion in all court-related work, taking care not to discuss cases or individuals outside of the work context
  3. Take direction from magistrates with respect to court procedure, including respecting directives related to in camera proceedings
  4. Collect data via a project-specific browser-based app on a project-provided tablet and keyboard
  5. Work with station managers to ensure complete coverage of specific cases
  6. Take initiative to provide feedback and suggestions to station managers and the Project Co-ordinator and Project Director on ways to improve data collection as well as overall functioning of the research team at the court station.
  7. Ensure the safe handling, charging, and storage of project data collection equipment
  8. Arrive at work promptly at the start of each court session to ensure full coverage of cases
  9. Work with court registry staff to locate court files and enter data from those files into the project app.
  10. Adapt to quickly changing scheduling and work with team to ensure complete coverage of selected cases.

Qualifications

  1. Kenyan citizen
  2. Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LL.B.) from a recognized university

Skills

  1. Fluency in verbal and written English and Kiswahili
  2. Thorough understanding of legal concepts and basic understanding of legal proceedings
  3. Willingness to learn new concepts and ask questions during training and debriefing sessions
  4. Ability to type at least 40 words per minute accurately and use an internet-enabled tablet for data collection purposes
  5. Willingness to accept feedback to improve individual performance on the job
  6. Strong inter-personal skills and ability to navigate challenging work environments like court registries

Observers performing particularly well may be eligible to take over as station managers as the project grows.

Monthly Stipend: Kshs 20,000

Terms of Service: Internship

  1. CASE CLERKS (8 POSTS)

Case clerks will be assigned to work with a specific magistrate for 3 to 6 months. During that period, clerks will assist the magistrate in case work, with special focus on helping to carry out legal research, produce case summaries, and aid in judgment writing.

Duties

  1. Work under the direction of a magistrate to produce legal research, case summaries, and final judgments
  2. Draft well researched legal briefs on a variety of legal issues touching on different areas of law
  3. Support decision-making by preparing summaries of evidence taken in court proceedings
  4. Attend court as required by magistrate
  5. Keep a log of case numbers and activities
  6. Meet regularly with station manager to discuss content of work and progress on cases, and to convey information on specific cases as assigned
  7. Enter case information in project app
  8. Adapt to quickly changing scheduling and work with team to meet project goals.

Qualifications

  1. Kenyan citizen
  2. Post Graduate Diploma in Law (Dip. Law) from Kenya School of Law

Skills

  1. Fluency in verbal and written English and Kiswahili
  2. Thorough understanding of legal concepts and training in legal research and drafting of research memoranda
  3. Willingness to learn new concepts and ask questions during training and debriefing sessions
  4. Ability to type at least 40 words per minute accurately and use an internet-enabled tablet
  5. Willingness to accept feedback to improve individual performance on the job
  6. Strong inter-personal skills and ability to work in a high-pressure environment and maintain a professional relationship with assigned magistrates
  7. Commitment to maintaining requisite confidentiality for sensitive cases

Case clerks will be trained in judgment writing before being assigned to a magistrate.

Monthly Stipend: Kshs 25,000

Terms of Service: Internship

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If interested and qualified, applicants are invited to make their applications attaching COPIES of the following documents:

  1. National Identity Card
  2. Academic and Professional Certificates
  3. Any supporting documents and testimonials
  4. Certificate of Good Conduct from the CID
  5. Personal Accident Insurance Cover
  6. Medical insurance cover by a reputable medical insurance firm or NHIF

Application letters should be addressed to:

The Secretary/CEO

Kenya Law Reform Commission

Reinsurance Plaza, 3rd Floor, Taifa Road

P.O. Box 34999 - 00100

NAIROBI

Applications should be delivered to the Kenya Law Reform Commission on 3rd floor Room 321 or log in to our website www.klrc.go.ke and submit the online application through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (cc. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) on or before 30th November 2018 at 5pm

N.B. Women, persons with disability and those from marginalized communities are encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

 

 

JOASH O. DACHE, MBS

SECRETARY/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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