Head of Legal Services & Intellectual Property Jobs in Kenya

Head of Legal Services & Intellectual Property Jobs in Kenya

  • icipe is a pan-African and non-profit Centre of Excellence for research and development and capacity building in insect science and its applications.

  • Its mission is to help alleviate poverty, ensure food and nutritional security and improve the overall health status of peoples of the tropics by developing and extending management tools and strategies for harmful and useful arthropods, while preserving the natural resource base through research and capacity building.

  • Since its establishment in 1970, icipe has become a significant contributor to science and innovation required to meet the health and food security challenges of sub-Saharan Africa.

  • The Centre has achieved this status by developing alternative and environmentally friendly pest and vector management technologies and products that are effective, selective, non-polluting, non-resistance inducing, and are affordable to resource-limited rural and urban communities.

  • icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with offices in Ethiopia and Uganda, a major station on the shores of Lake Victoria, and several other field stations in Kenya.

  • Employing close to 500 international and national staff, icipe also has approximately 150 graduate students who contribute to its research portfolio annually.

  • The Centre currently has operations in more than 40 African countries, and thriving partnerships with universities and research organizations across the world

    Job Description

  • The Head of Legal Services & IP (HoLS) is responsible for leading the Centre’s strategic and tactical legal services.

  • The HoLS provides senior management with effective advice on the Centre’s legal and regulatory strategies and their implementation, manages the legal function, and obtains and oversees the work of outside counsel.

  • The legal advice encompasses interpretation and guidance to senior management regarding contracts, countries’ regulatory requirements, intellectual property, trademark protection and other business matters.

  • S/he shall manage all legal risks of the Centre and lead, oversee and coordinate effective board legal matters.

  • The HoLS will also build capacity of scientists and students in legal matters relevant to their field and be an effective advocate for the legal services both within the Centre and externally.

  • The position will be located at icipe’s headquarters in Nairobi.

    Key Responsibilities

  • Manage the Senior Legal Officer and Legal Officer and together provide legal advice to guide the decisions of and protect the interests of the Centre by ensuring the provision of practical and effective legal advice and services at the Centre, including but not limited to policy, contracts and procurement and programme related legal matters.

  • Ensure the Centre effectively meets its legal obligations within its contractual agreements with the donors, various governments and suppliers. Ensure compliance with all necessary legal requirements in the countries of operation of the Centre.

  • Write, review, and edit reports, opinions, correspondence, contracts which have legal implications for the Centre. Review and guide the execution of partnerships, investments and procurement agreements and other contracts relating to the work of the Centre. Support in negotiating agreements pertaining to the work of the

  • Direct legal intellectual property matters, transactional and business matters involving technology and innovation. Manage all Intellectual Property issues, including managing the IP committee; reviewing icipe research prior to publication for suitability of IPR protection; seeking and managing external licensees; and updating the icipe IP Policy.

  • Build both relevant capacity on general legal business matters and specifically legal Intellectual Property (IP) capacity of all staff, students and partner institutions. Undertake legal outreach including assisting icipe partner organizations with development of IPR and technology transfer infrastructure.

  • Conduct original research in the areas of innovation and into a variety of legal issues and ICT law.

  • Supervise PhD students affiliated with icipe.

  • Teach courses on IP-related issues to icipe scientists and graduate students.

  • Advocate for local and international policies that benefit innovation within icipe’s spheres.

  • Represent icipe at local and international meetings.

  • Manage external legal counsels and any litigation against and for the Centre.

  • Ensure adequate representation of icipe in any legal proceedings, across various jurisdictions, where issues may arise.

  • Keep abreast of developments in the legal field that could affect the Centre and prepare reports on relevant matters for consideration by the senior management.

  • Anticipate and guard against legal risks facing the Centre. Identify potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk avoidance and mitigation; develop and implement corrective action plans for resolution of problematic issues and provide general guidance on how to avoid similar situations in the future.

    Interpersonal Interaction

  • This position reports directly to the Director General. On a daily basis, this position interacts with senior management, senior staff, donors and partners.


  • A PhD. Considerable experience of legal work in complex corporate settings. Advanced analytical and administrative skills required, including ability to analyze and solve problems efficiently and effectively.

  • Ten years of experience, five of which were continuous and in a managerial position. Experience must include management at international development, research institutions or donor organizations.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills required, including ability to interact and communicate effectively with staff at all levels as well as colleagues; donors and funders, implementing partners, IGO,NGO, UN Agency personnel; and individuals with diversified backgrounds and nationalities.

  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, maintains a high degree of judgment,especially when working with information that is confidential in nature.

  • Well organized, attentive to detail and maintains a hands-on approach with excellent writing skills.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Head of Legal Services & Intellectual Property Jobs in Kenya

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