Principal Legal Officer at The East African Community (EAC) (Re-Advertised) (EAC/HR/2015-2016/001)

Principal Legal Officer (Re-Advertised)


The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising the Republic of Burundi, the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Republic of Uganda with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.
The EAC mission is to widen and deepen economic, political, social and cultural integration to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value added production, trade and investments.
Applications are invited from highly motivated and result-driven professionals who are citizens of East African Community Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) to apply for the following positions tenable at the East African Community-Secretariat, in accordance with the availability of Quota Points per Partner State.
Interested candidates who may have applied for these positions when they were previously advertised do not need to apply.
Organ / Institution: The Secretariat
Duty Station: Arusha, Tanzania
Job Grade: P3
Job reports to: The Counsel to the East African Community

Job Purpose:

To provide legal advice to the Community as well as rendering other legal services.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for EAC Programme on Approximation of National Laws in the East African Community context;
  2. Facilitation of research and articulation of regional best practices in Harmonization of National Laws;
  3. Responsible for coordination of the EAC Regional Judicial Education/Training Programme;
  4. Draft and review agreements, contracts and other legal documents ensuring consistency with Community Mandate;
  5. Representation of the Community in legal disputes in the East African Court of Justice, other Courts of Judicature and other fora; and
  6. Drafting legal instruments, reviewing and negotiating tripartite Protocols, Agreements, MOUs, funding and grant agreements

Qualifications and Experience:

A Master’s Degree in Law from a reputable university, with a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, or a certificate of enrolment on the Bar or a diploma to practice law in the respective Partner State.
A minimum of ten (10) years relevant experience at national/international level.

Skills and Competencies:

Excellent Communication and leadership skills;
Highly developed negotiation and interpersonal skills;
Effective legal research and report writing skills;
High level commitment to the legal profession and professional development;
Adequate computer skills.

Education Qualifications and Relevant Working Experience:

Education Qualifications:
All candidates applying must have qualifications that are recognized by the relevant national accreditation body in their respective countries. This condition is applicable for locally and internationally attained qualifications.
All professions that require registration with the specific professional bodies will be expected to do so in compliance with the requirements of their respective Partner States.
Relevant Working Experience:
Internship, training, apprenticeship and clerkship will not be considered as relevant work experience.


Considering the current status of quota points per Partner State under East African Community Secretariat, only Applicants from the Republics of BurundiRwandaUgandaand the United Republic of Tanzania are eligible to apply.

Terms and Conditions of Service:

This position is tenable for a contract of five (5) years renewable once and is subject to the application of the EAC Quota System.

Fringe Benefits:

This position offers attractive fringe benefits including housing allowance, transport allowance, education allowance, a medical scheme, and insurance cover.

Equal Opportunity:

The EAC is an equal opportunity employer; therefore, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
EAC will only respond to those candidates who strictly meet the set requirements.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates who meet the qualification and experience requirements for the above mentioned position are advised to send their applications, detailed curriculum vitae, photocopies of academic certificates, names and contact details of three referees, and copy of National Identity Card, or Birth Certificate or Passport showing date of birth.
Please quote the respective reference number on both on the application letter and envelope. For electronic submission, please quote the respective reference number on the subject of the email and send to the address given below.
Applications should be submitted to the address below not later than Friday, 8th July 2016.
Please note:
  1. You may submit your application either electronically or in hard copy but not both.
  2. Applications which do not: indicate nationality and age; the reference number; or have an application letter attached; have certified copies of their academic degrees and other professional Certificates ; or fail to provide three referees will be disqualified.
  3. Only qualified candidates will be contacted

Please note that EAC does not require candidates to pay money for the recruitment process.
All invitations for interviews will be done in writing.
The Director,

Executive Selection Division

Deloitte Consulting Limited

10th Floor PPF Tower 

Cnr of Ohio Street & Garden Avenue:
P O Box 1559 Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

Fax +255(22) 2116379

E-mail: esd@deloitte.co.tz

Application Deadline:

Friday, 8 July 2016 - 5:00pm



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