Senior Legal Adviser

at International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Date Posted December 16, 2019
Category Legal
Currency KSH
Work Hours Day


Senior Legal Adviser, Nairobi, Kenya
Organization: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Country: Kenya
City: Nairobi, Kenya

Job Purpose

Under the technical guidance of the Managing Legal Counsel, Partnerships, Programmes and Operations, Legal Department, Headquarters, the Senior Legal Adviser for Africa will:

Advise on and provide legal services regarding the organization's activities and operations in the Africa region, including to the regional office, country and CCST offices at the technical and managerial levels, in relation to the management of legal risks in the areas of expertise mentioned below;
Provide legal advice principally on contracts, diplomatic law, employment law, administrative law of international organisations, public international law, and in general on all legal claims, commitments and liabilities of the organisation in the Africa region;
Support the development and use of the contract management system in the Africa region; and
Proactively contribute to the development of the organization's broader policy and legal services to its membership in the Africa region.

Experience Requirements

At least 5 years of prior experience in the practice of law
Field experience handling legal issues
Experience in private practice and/or in-house corporate legal environment

Job Responsibilities

Under the technical guidance and supervision of the Managing Legal Counsel, Partnerships, Programmes and Operations, Legal Department, Headquarters, the Senior Legal Adviser is responsible for:

General advice and management of compliance obligations and legal risks for the Africa region

Provide expert legal advice regarding the management of the legal risk for the organisation in the Africa region in a broad range of general legal issues and complex and sensitive legal matters;
Provide expert legal advice and guidance in the following areas, including in relation to the development and implementation of the Federation's wide systems, procedures, policies and tools, which have an impact on the legal obligations and risks of the organization in the Africa region:
(1)Programmes and Operations - Emergencies
Provide legal advice and oversee the negotiation of a broad range of agreements and projects in particular in relation to Health and Care, Migration, and Cash programmes;
Provide legal advice on the legal structuring of deployment mechanisms of the IFRC;
(2)Movement Coordination
Provide legal advice on Movement Coordination matters;
(3)Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management
Provide legal advice to the Logistics, Procurement and Supply chain management (LPSCM), including for the fleet, for ensuring compliance with the Procurement policies, rules and regulations;
(4)Security matters
Provide legal advice to the Security team in the Africa region in relation to the duty of care owed to staff and related liabilities;

Education Requirements

University degree in law
Bar membership or equivalent


Knowledge of the ILOAT case-law
Experience with contract management systems (CMS)
Sensitivity in and prior exposure to cross-cultural situations
Red Cross/Red Crescent experience or other humanitarian/non for-profit experience would be an asset.
Knowledge, Skills and Language

Good judgment and ability to work with complete integrity and confidentiality
High degree of discretion, tact and sensitivity in dealing with internal and external clients and stakeholders at all levels
Excellent analytical skills
Excellent drafting skills
Professional work ethic
Knowledge of applicable legal and regulatory framework to international organisations
Ability to manage change projects (CMS)
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