The Witness Protection Agency is a State Agency established under the Witness Protection Act, No.16 of 2006 Laws of Kenya whose object and purpose is to provide the framework and procedures for giving special protection, on behalf of the State, to persons in possession of important information and who are facing potential risk or intimidation due to their co-operation with prosecution and other law enforcement agencies.
The Agency is seeking to recruit a highly competent, proactive and self-driven individual to fill the position of the Director.
The Director shall be the Chief Executive of the Agency and the Secretary of the Witness Protection Advisory Board and shall be responsible for carrying out the policy decisions of the Agency, its day to day administration and management and control of other staff of the Agency.
The Director shall:
a) be the chief executive of the Agency;
b) be responsible for carrying out the policy decisions of the Agency;
c) be responsible for day to day administration and management and control of other staff of the Agency;
d) be an ex-officio member of the Board;
e) be the secretary of the Board;
f) cause to be kept minutes of the meetings of the Board and other records as the Agency may direct;
g) ensure that, in conducting its affairs, the Agency is guided by the Laws of Kenya and international best practices which shall include, but not be limited to, the development and implementation of information security measures, technical and administrative competence, and the principles of impartiality, confidentiality, objectivity and integrity;
h) oversee and manage the Witness Protection Programme as provided for in the Witness Protection Act, 2006 and Regulations;
i) ensure security, confidentiality and best international practices are maintained;
j) formulate policies to guide security of information and classified information generated by the Agency;
k) ensure that the Agency provides administrative and technical assistance to witnesses or related persons giving testimony before a court of law, commission or tribunal;
l) ensure that the Agency has enough staff through appointment of professional, technical and other staff or secondment and transfer of public officers;
m) manage and control the expenditure of the Agency;
n) ensure that the independence of the Agency as contemplated in Section 3G of the Act is executed and maintained;
o) confer with the Witness Protection Advisory Board on the formulation of witness protection policies;
p) enable the Advisory Board through reporting to have a general oversight of the administration of the Agency;
q) seek the Advisory Board’s approval for budgetary estimates in terms of the Witness Protection Act, 2006; and
r) perform other functions as may be assigned by the Board.
Minimum Qualifications and Experience
The successful applicant should meet the following specifications:
a) Be a citizen of Kenya;
b) Be an advocate of the High Court of Kenya;
c) Has since qualification, practiced law in the public or private sector or has been engaged in the teaching of law or research for a period of not less than ten years;
d) Has performed duties of an administrative nature for not less than five years; and
e) Meets the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution.
Possession of a Master’s degree in Law, Criminology, Intelligence or its equivalent from a recognized institution will be an added advantage.
Terms and Conditions of Service: The Agency will offer competitive package in consultation with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission. The Director shall hold office for a period of five years and shall be eligible for re-appointment for one further term.
Documents to be Submitted
Interested applicants for this position must submit a detailed CV, copies of certificates and other testimonials.
The shortlisted candidates will be required to submit the following documents during the interviews:
a) Tax Compliance Certificate from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA);
b) Certificate of Clearance from the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB);
c) Police Clearance Certificate from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI); and
d) Duly filled and stamped Self-Declaration/Clearance Form from the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC).
The Self-Declaration Form from EACC should indicate the “Director of Witness Protection Agency” as the State office for which the declaration is being submitted.
Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted and invited for interviews.
Submission of Application
Applicants are invited to apply and submit applications by Monday 26th July 2021
Applications, quoting reference Director (Ref. 01/2021) should be emailed to [email protected]
or the hard copies delivered in a clearly marked and sealed envelope addressed to:
The Witness Protection Advisory Board
Liaison Office – Milimani Law Courts
4th Floor, Room No. 413
P.O. Box 28801 GPO
WPA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
Canvassing in any form or failure to attach any of the stipulated documents shall lead to automatic disqualification.
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