Chief Manager, Legal Services Job Vacancy in Kenya

Position Title: Chief Manager, Legal Services

The Office of the Controller of Budget is an independent office established under Article 228 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010.

Pursuant to Article 252 (1) (c) of the Constitution, the office seeks to recruit qualified and competent staff to fill the following vacant position.

Grade: COB 4

Corporation / Organization: Office of the Controller of Budget

Directorate: Legal Services

Department: Legal Services

Location / Work Station: Headquarters

Reporting Relationships

  • Reports to
    • Director Legal Services
  • Direct Reports
    • Manager Legal Services
  • Indirect Reports
    • Legal Officer
    • Legal Assistant

Job Purpose: This position is responsible for providing legal advice on litigation, dispute resolution, legal compliance, enforcement and advisory services.

Key Responsibilities / Duties / Tasks

I. Managerial / Supervisory Responsibilities

i) Coordinating formulation and review of strategies, frameworks, work plans, legislation, policies, guidelines, procedures, and regulations on legal compliance, enforcement and advisory;

ii) Coordinating interpretation, evaluation and review compliance of enabling legal instruments for requisition for withdrawal of funds;

iii) Administering compliance of the budget process with the constitutional, statutory and regulatory provisions;

iv) Coordinating the reviewing and providing recommendations on legal compliance of the formats for requisitions and approvals of withdrawals of funds;

v) Issuing legal opinion on budget implementation reports for the national and county governments and on special reports to Parliament on stoppage of funds or issues as may be requested by Parliament, Governors or County Assemblies;

vi) Coordinating formulation and review of legal guidelines and procedures and rendering appropriate recommendations to enhance the Medium Term Paper (MTP), Budget Policy Statement (BPS), Budget Report and Outlook Paper (BROP), County Fiscal Strategy Paper (CFSP), County Budget Review Outlook Paper and County Debt Management Strategy Paper;

vii) Issuing legal opinion and making appropriate recommendations on special reports on particular issues as may be requested by President, Parliament, Governors or County Assemblies;

viii) Regulating legal audits and analysing the Legal Audit Reports;

ix) Coordinating investigations on budget implementation matters and providing legal advisory;

x) Coordinating forums for capacity building on legal matters affecting public participation in the budget process;

xi) Facilitating identification of topical research areas on various legal aspects and processes relating to the mandate of the OCOB;

xii) Monitoring the development, implementation and review of legal control systems and procedures;

xiii) Designing and Implementing business continuity plans;

xiv) Initiating and promoting Business Process Re-engineering (BPR); and

xv) Enhancing partnerships and creating linkages and collaboration within stakeholders of OCOB.

Job Dimensions:

I. Financial Responsibility

  • Implementation of the budget for the department

II. Responsibility for Physical Assets

  • Responsible for the assets assigned by the office of the Controller of Budget as per office’s asset register

Decision-Making / Job Influence

a) Strategic

b) Financial

c) Advisory

d) Analytical

Job Competencies (Knowledge, Experience and Attributes / Skills)

Academic qualifications

i) Bachelor of Law degree from a recognised institution

ii) Diploma in Legal Studies; and

iii) Master of Law degree from a recognised institution.

Professional Qualifications / Membership to professional bodies

i) Been an advocate of the High Court of Kenya; and

ii) Membership in good standing with the Law Society of Kenya.

Previous relevant work experience required.

Served in the grade of a Manager Legal Services for a minimum of four (4) years or at least thirteen (13) years of experience in a relevant field, six (6) of which should
be at the management level.

Functional Skills, Behavioral Competencies / Attributes:

i) Met the requirements of Chapter Six (6) of the Constitution;

ii) Certificate in leadership course lasting not less than four (4) weeks from a recognized institution;

iii) Proficiency in computer applications;

iv) Demonstrated professional competence and ability as reflected in work performance and results.


Successful candidates will be offered a competitive remuneration package.

Qualified interested candidates should submit their applications quoting the job title on both the envelope and the cover letter.

Enclose a detailed and up-to-date curriculum vitae indicating your current remuneration, home county, e-mail address and reliable daytime telephone contacts, and copies of your certificates, testimonials and national identity card.

You should also provide the names of two referees who must be familiar with your previous work/academic experience indicating their telephone, postal and email addresses.

Please note that it is a criminal offence to provide false information and documents in the job application.

Upon being successful and granted an offer of employment, the successful candidate MUST present clearances and satisfy the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 by providing copies of the following;

1. Tax compliance certificate from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)

2. Certificate of Good Conduct from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI)

3. Clearance certificate from the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB

4. Clearance Form from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)

Applications should be sent by post or hand delivered to our office addressed to:

The Controller of Budget
Bima House 12th Floor, Harambee Avenue.
P.O Box 35616-00100 Nairobi

So as to reach the Office of the Controller of Budget by 29th August 2023 at 5.00 pm.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Office of the Controller of Budget is an equal-opportunity employer.