Legal Officer at National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI)

On Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
The National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) is a State Corporation established under the Science, Technology and Innovation Act of 2013. 
The Commission is a Statutory Agency mandated to regulate and assure quality in the
Science, Technology and Innovation sector and advise, promote and coordinate on all matters relating to Science, Technology, Innovation and Research issues necessary for proper co-ordination and economic developments of the Country. 
To achieve this mandate the Commission seeks to fill the following vacant position:
STIC Grade 10
Duties and Responsibilities:

The Legal Officer will report to the Director General/CEO and will be the principal legal advisor to the Commission as specified in the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Rendering professional advice to the Commission on legal and corporate matters including interpretation and opinion
  • Developing and reviewing relevant legislation for implementing Institutional policies and strategies
  • Representation the Commission in courts of law or other judicial authorities
  • In consultation with Management, prepare and negotiate contracts, leases, formal agreements and other legal instruments between the Commission and other parties
  • Provide legal advice on arbitration for settlement of disputes for the benefit of the Commission
  • Monitoring developments in legal research
  • Participate in outreach programs to strengthen Corporate Governance and improve the quality of service delivery
  • Liaising with State Law office on legal matters
  • Advising the Commission on all legal matters.
Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in Law from a university recognized in Kenya. 
In addition, the candidate must have been an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya for at least five (5) years in the Public Service or Private Sector.

Candidates with the following qualifications have an added advantage:

  • Master Degree in Law
  • Holder of current practicing certificate
  • Certified Public Secretary (CPS) is an added advantage
  • Diploma in Law from the Council of Legal Education
  • Proficiency in ICT
Key Competencies:
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Attention to details
  • Team player
  • Ability to handle complex legal matters without supervision
How to Apply

Interested Candidates who meet the requirements are invited to send their applications enclosing copies of updated Curriculum Vitae, Academic and Professional Certificates. 

Additionally, they should provide names of three (3) referees one of whom must be an immediate or past supervisor. 
A copy of national identity card, details of remuneration history and current contact must be provided.

Candidates shortlisted for interview for the three (3) posts of Directors (STIC 13) must further submit the following:
  1. Certificate of Good Conduct from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID)
  2. Clearance letter from Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)
  3. Tax compliance Certificate from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
  4. Report from an approved Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)
  5. Clearance by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC)
NB: Candidates
with Degrees from Universities outside Kenya must submit a Certificate
of Equation and Recognition from the Commission for University Education

The successful Candidates for the positions of Directors – STIC Grade 13, will be engaged on a five (5) years Contract renewable
for one further term of equivalent period..

Applications must clearly indicate the Reference (REF) of the vacancy (on the envelope and letter) and should be sent either by post to:-

The Director General/CEO
National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation
P.O Box 30623 – 00100
Nairobi, Kenya


Hand-delivered to Utalii House, Utalii lane, off Uhuru Highway, 9th Floor, Room 902,
to be received by Friday 2nd April 2015 at 5.00 p.m.

The National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation is an Equal Opportunity 
Employer and all qualified Kenyans are encouraged to apply.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Note: Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.
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