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V/NO. 195/2019

Basic Salary Scale: Kshs. 61,061- Kshs. 85.096 p.m. DPP 6 (JG ‘N’)


For appointment to this grade, an officer must have:-

  • A cumulative number of seven (7) years relevant experience from the date of admission as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya OR served for Two(2) years at the level of Senior Prosecution Counsel DPP 7/ JG’M’.
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from a recognized university;
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies from the Council of Legal Education;
  • Admission as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya; and
  • Demonstrated merit and ability as reflected in work perfomance and results.

NOTE: Possession of a Senior Management Course lasting not less than four (4) weeks from a recognized institution will be an added advantage;

Core Skills/Competencies

In addition to the above requirements, an officer must have the following skills:-

  • Litigation skills and Prosecutorial skills;
  • Legislative drafting and law reform skills;
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system;
  • Knowledge and appreciation of laws and professional standards;
  • Research skills;
  • ICT skills;
  • Organizational and administrative skills;
  • Supervisory skills;
  • Policy implementation skills;
  • Arbitration skills;
  • Negotiation skills;
  • Interpersonal and Communication skills;and
  • Problem solving skills.

Personal Qualities

In addition to the above requirements, an officer must have the following qualities: –

  • Ability to get well with a diverse workforce;
  • Honesty and integrity;
  • Positive working attitude;
  • Ability to give and take instructions;
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision;
  • Creativity and innovativeness;
  • Ability to build and lead cohesive teams;
  • Ability to work under pressure; and


An officer at this level may be deployed at any of the Departments at the Headquarters or a County Office. Specifically, duties and responsibilities will entail

  • Undertaking prosecutions to ensure justice on cases forwarded is delivered in a timely manner;
  • Undertaking research on assigned legal issues and compiling reports on relevant information gathered, to ensure the prosecution services offered are well informed and are of high quality, and to enhance on the efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of service;
  • Preparing preliminary legal documents/instruments and opinions, in line with the ODPP quality standards, to ensure proper preparedness for prosecution cases that enhances the quality of judgements delivered;
  • Monitoring compliance with principles and values of good governance, human rights, transparency, in order for ODPP to garner the trust of stakeholders on the ability of ODPP to deliver quality public prosecution services
  • Ensuring that staff who report to the position are accountable, ethical and have integrity in the delivery of service, to garner the trust of stakeholders on the ability of ODPP to deliver on just public prosecution services;
  • Organising stakeholder consultation in the delivery of public prosecution services, to ensure ODPP receives the necessary support in the management of public prosecutions;
  • Monitoring the implementation of individual work plans, to ensure high quality standards are maintained, and that service meets set timelines;
  • Advising ministries, departments, and agencies on legal policy issues, to ensure full compliance with the law and the relevant guidelines in the delivery of justice;
  • Studying and evaluating case files presented and deciding on whether to prosecute, to ensure all cases are attended to in a timely manner;
  • Preparing appropriate documents for appeal review, or revision and related proceedings, to ensure ODPP is well prepared to manage the appeals process in order to deliver timely and quality service;
  • Supervising the delivery of service by the prosecution counsel, to ensure delivery of quality service that meets set timelines; and
  • Facilitating participation of victims, witnesses, complainants and accused persons in the criminal justice system and protection of their rights to ensure a seamless judicial process.

How To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to make their applications by completing ONE application form ODPP 1. The form may be downloaded from the ODPP’s Website or picked from Nairobi Headquarters and County Offices.

The candidates should attach COPIES of the following documents to their application form:

  • National Identity Card
  • Academic and Professional Certificates and Transcripts
  • Any supporting documents and testimonials
  • Letter of appointment to their current substantive post
  • Letter of appointment to their previous post and
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

  • Law Society of Kenya for Lawyers
  • Higher Education Loans Board
  • Kenya Revenue Authority
  • Criminal Investigation Department
  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission
  • Any other Professional bodies to which the candidate is a member

Completed application forms should be sent to:

The Secretary

Advisory Board

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

NSSF Building 19th Floor, Block ‘A’

P.O. Box 30701 -00100


So as to reach the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on or before Tuesday, 3rd September, 2019.

Persons with disability and those from marginalized and minority communities are encouraged to apply.