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Legal Assistant (Court Monitoring)

  • Tsavo, Kenya
  • Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2019
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African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is one of the leading international conservation organizations focused solely on the African continent. AWF works to ensure that the wildlife and wild lands thrive in modern Africa. The organization is seeking a high-performing Legal Assistant (Court Monitoring) to assist the supervisor in the advancement of and AWF’s engagement in wildlife law enforcement and the enhancement of deterrent sentencing of wildlife crimes in Kenya.

S/he will work with other Species Conservation team members to contribute towards overall goals. This position will report to the Wildlife Law Enforcement Manager and will be based in Tsavo Landscape.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in the weekly securing of court cause lists from the local courts at Voi, Taveta, Wundanyi, Makindu, and Mutomo.
  • Liaise with the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) and KWS on a weekly basis to identify any additional cases and locations being handled by those Offices.
  • Attend courts hearing and secure data on wildlife crime investigation, prosecution, and adjudication.
  • Support KWS and the ODPP in case preparation and assist in strengthening cases where necessary including, but not limited to, witness attendance, exhibit management, and case file management.
  • With guidance from the supervisor, develop tools and guidelines that have been developed to support wildlife law enforcement with the aim of improving them.
  • Organize Wildlife Judicial and Prosecutorial Assistance Trainings (WJPATs).
  • Participate in and facilitate the WJPATs.
  • Document and prepare proceedings for WJPATs.
  • Assist in organizing and supervising on-the-job-support programs (OJTs) towards enhancing the successful prosecution of wildlife crime.
  • Undertake literature review and analysis of the effectiveness of wildlife and law enforcement legislation from focal countries and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Analyze wildlife cases and document processes, outcomes, and lessons to improve prosecution and sentencing.
  • Review and update the database of wildlife seizures and kingpins. Proactively share any information related to the above responsibilities with the supervisor.
  • Carry out any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.
Key Metrics
  • Number of cases monitored.
  • Number of cases strengthened.
  • Number of tools and guidelines developed.
  • Number WJPATs organized.
  • Number of judicial trainings successfully facilitated.
  • Number of acceptable proceedings prepared. 
  • Number of OJT mentees supervised. 
  • Number of laws analyzed and recommendations made.
  • Number of wildlife cases analyzed and documented.
  • Updated database on wildlife seizures.
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on additional tasks. 

Qualifications

  • Kenyan Lawyer holding an L.L.B. degree with at least 1 year post-graduation experience.
  • Experience or interest in environmental law, prosecution, and/or law enforcement. 
  • Fluency in English and Swahili.
  • Strong report writing and data collection skills.
  • Computer skills.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and also as part of a team.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to AWF and its mission.

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