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Organization: IDLO - International Development Law Organization

Location: Kenya, Nairobi

Grade: Consultancy, Single Engagement Agreement

Occupational Groups:

Legal - Broad

Closing Date: 2019-08-02

The International Development Law Organization (IDLO)

IDLO is the only intergovernmental organization exclusively devoted to promoting the rule of law. IDLO works to enable governments and empower people to reform laws and strengthen institutions to promote peace, justice, sustainable development and economic opportunity. Its programs, research and policy advocacy cover the spectrum of rule of law from peace and institution building to social development and economic recovery in countries emerging from conflict and striving towards democracy. IDLO has its headquarters in Rome, Italy and is pleased to count Kenya among its Member States. IDLO Kenya was honoured to provide assistance to the Committee of Experts in Constitutional Review during the process to design the Constitution of Kenya, 2010. IDLO has since been requested by the Government of Kenya to provide assistance in the process of implementation of the Constitution.

Office of the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary (OCRJ)

The Kenyan Judiciary is an independent, impartial, transparent and accountable institution anchored under Article 159 of the Constitution. It derives its authority from the people of Kenya and it is bound by the National Values and Principles of Governance as enshrined in Article 10. Its mission is to deliver justice fairly, impartially and expeditiously, promote equal access to justice, and advance local jurisprudence by upholding the rule of law. The 2011 Judicial Service Act governs the administration of the Judiciary as well as its functions. The Office of the OCRJ is established under Article 161 (1) (c) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010. The said Article designates the OCRJ as the Chief Administrator and Accounting Officer of the Judiciary. The other mandates of the Chief Registrar are set out in the Judicial Service Act, 2011 and other numerous legislation. Section 8 (1) (a)-(m) and Section 8 (2) of the Judicial Service Act of 2011 sets out in detail the main functions of the OCRJ. The Functions of the Chief Registrar are as set out below.

International Association of Women Judges (IAJW )- Kenya Chapter

IAJW is a non-profit, non-partisan organization registered under the Societies Act. Cap 108 Laws of Kenya. The Association has been in existence for over 20 years and has spearheaded advocacy in the advancement and promotion of the rights of women and children and increasing the opportunities available to them. Registered in 1993 the Association has worked tirelessly in advocating for rights and opportunities for women and children. Its membership has grown and currently enjoys a membership of more than 100 female judges and magistrates as well as associate members within the legal fraternity and in other sectors both governmental and private. This is exclusive of their colleagues in different professional sectors around the country who make up the honorary membership.

Consultancy Assignment

IDLO) and the Judiciary (through the Office of the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary) seek a national consultant to fill the position of a Program Officer to provide program support to the OCRJ and the IAWJ:

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Under the overall supervision and direction of the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary (CRJ), and in consultation with the IDLO team, the consultant will:
  2. Engage, coordinate and follow up with stakeholders (development partners, parliament and other Governmental and Non-Governmental agencies) on behalf of the office of the Chief Registrar to ensure that programs and resolutions agreed upon are effectively carried out.
  3. Assist the Office of the Chief Registrar in keeping track of the various commitments by the Directorates and Registries on the targets set out in the Performance Management and Measurement Understanding (PMMU) or more commonly called Performance contracting targets and ensure that each Directorate and Registry is facilitated to enable it meets its targets for the overall efficacy of the Judiciary.
  4. Liaise with other directorates and registries within the judiciary and develop the reports of the activities / programs held.
  5. Exercise quality assurance for policy services, capture and promote lessons/good practices and build knowledge practice workspace, institutional partners and other tools to strengthen team capacities and foster policy innovation to enhance delivery.
  6. Advice and document lessons from policy dialogues and future engagements and assist in dissemination of learning with the Departments team and partners.
  7. Provide programmatic support to the IAWJ as necessary.
  8. Perform such other duty as may be assigned by the CRJ


The Consultant shall deliver the following outputs:

  • An inception report that includes the Consultant’s understanding of the task and a proposed plan of action, with clear milestones, timelines and proposed methodology (to be delivered two weeks, 10 working days, from commencement day of assignment).
  • Monthly reports to the OCRJ with a copy to IDLO, in line with ToRs (based on template agreed upon by the OCRJ and IDLO).
  • Monthly reports to IDLO.
  • Necessary research products for the Office of the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary related to administration and judicial related functions and to the IAWJ as specified in the duties and responsibilities.
  • Any tools developed to strengthen team capacities and foster policy innovation to enhance programme delivery.
  • Final report documenting the initiative and institutional lessons learned.
  • Other outputs as may be agreed with the OCRJ and IAWJ.

The expert will, at all times be guided by these terms of reference and will:

  • Carry out the services and perform his or her tasks with reasonable care, skill and in an efficient and professional manner;
  • Observe strict confidentiality;  and
  • Be guided by these terms of reference.

The embedded Program Officer will report to IDLO Gender Specialist on behalf of the IDLO Country Manager-Kenya, the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary (CRJ), the Chair IAWJ, and/or any other reporting line as may be determined by both IDLO and OCRJ. 

Estimated timeframe:

6 Months from 1st of August 2019, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance, continued need for services by OCRJ and IAWJ, and availability of funding.

Ideal Candidate Profile:

This assignment requires skilled person(s) with an appropriate mixture of experience in Law and Program Management for optimal performance and experience in administration, legal research and writing, gender mainstreaming, qualitative analysis, report writing and presentation skills. Specifically, the ideal candidate must have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Hold a Bachelor of Laws Degree (or other relevant qualification in Gender) together with a post-graduate degree in a relevant field. 
  • Must possess strong understanding of gender equality and work experience in gender mainstreaming in access to justice and have demonstrated experience in curriculum development.
  • Have at least 5 years of professional experience regarding rule of law, gender and governance sector reforms and in developing training manuals on gender mainstreaming/integration.
  • The candidate will possess demonstrable extensive knowledge of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, comparative constitutional law and international law.
  • Experience in legal research, analysis and writing, particularly in the field of Gender and Rule of law. 
  • Experience and administration in areas related to judicial reforms is an added advantage.
  • Possess strong work ethic characterized by desire to achieve results. Ability to multi-task in a high pressure environment, respond rapidly to ad hoc requests, meet tight deadlines and ensure diplomacy and tact when engaging with prominent public figures. Strong problem- solving skills, with a high degree of personal and professional organization.
  • Ability to multi-task in a high pressure environment, respond rapidly to ad hoc requests, meet tight deadlines and ensure diplomacy and tact when engaging with prominent public figures.
  • Computer savvy, able to navigate basic programs with proficiency and be able to utilise social media applications to aid her/his work.


Terms and conditions will be set according to the program implementation needs. Candidates should prove their ability to work and travel in Kenya. 



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Contractor assigned to this work. This may not be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.


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