Job Description

Indigenous Kenyans were barred by law from growing tea until the dawn of independence when the legislation was repealed for the indigenous people to commence on tea growing. In 1960, the colonial government created the Special Crops Development Authority (SCDA) to promote growing of tea by Africans under the auspices of the ministry of Agriculture. After Independence , Kenya Tea Development Authority was formed through legal notice No.42 of 1964 and took over the liabilities and functions of the SCDA to promote and foster the growing of tea in small farms, which were previously said to be unviable in view of the expertise and costs required, as witnessed in the plantation sector. Since then the growing of tea by the small-scale sub-sector in Kenya has carved a niche for itself in the global tea trade. Kenya Tea Development Agency Limited was incorporated on 15th June 2000 as a private company under (CAP 486) of the laws of Kenya, becoming one of the largest private tea management agencies. The Agency currently manages 67 factories in the small-scale tea sub-sector in Kenya 

Position scope

Reporting to the Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing litigation, contract preparation and providing legal advisory on compliance.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conducting legal research;
  • Participating in vetting and drawing contracts, lease, loans agreement and other legal documents;
  • Participating in liaison with external lawyers on legal matters for or against the KTDA / Group Companies;
  • Gathering information and evidence on cases and compiling the cases as required;
  • Participating in maintenance and filing all court proceedings as per established systems;
  • Liaising with other departments on handling effectively company operations and legal matters;
  • Preparing legal documents as required;
  • Participating in handling insurance matters as and when required;
  • Attending to Annual General Meeting as and when required;
  • Participating in preparation of budget and ensuring effective control;
  • Preparing legal reports and opinion on matters involving companies and presenting to management meetings;
  • Drafting and reviewing legal documents and contracts;
  • Negotiating advocates, auctioneers’ and investigators’ fees;
  • Providing legal advice to KTDA /Group companies and KTDA Managed Factories
  • Collecting evidence and witnesses in the event of a litigation.

Qualifications/Skills/Experience

The ideal candidate must possess the following qualifications and competencies: –

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law from a recognized institution;
  • A Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies from the Kenya School of Law;
  • An advocate of the High Court
  • Member of Law Society of Kenya with a current practicing certificate
  • A minimum of two (2) Years relevant experience;
  • Must demonstrate high integrity and ethical practice
  • Must demonstrate ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Must be a team player who is able to work cordially in teams
  • Must demonstrate ability to multitask.
  • Must demonstrate commitment to operational effectiveness
  • Should have ability to solve problems by applying relevant business knowledge
  • Should demonstrate professional expertise in the relevant work area
  • Must have the ability to communicate for both written and oral communication
  • Must be able to work under pressure
  • Must be a flexible person, who is willing to learn and able to work flexible hours to achieve goals
  • Must have knowledge in use of MS office packages
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