Director of Public Prosecutions Job in Kenya (765K)

Republic of Kenya

Public Service Commission

The Constitution of Kenya, 2010

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act, 2013

Call for Applications for the Position of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Pursuant to provisions of Article 157 of the Constitution and section 8(1)-(4) of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act, 2013, the Selection Panel invites applications from suitably qualified persons to be considered for nomination for appointment to the position of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

For appointment to this position, a candidate must:

(a) hold a law degree from a recognized university, or be an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, or possess an equivalent qualification from a common-law jurisdiction.

(b) have at least ten (10) years’ experience as a Superior Court Judge or professionally qualified Magistrate; or

(c) have at least ten (10) years’ experience as a distinguished academic or legal practitioner or such experience in other relevant legal field; or

(d) have held the qualifications specified in paragraphs (b) and (c) for a period amounting, in aggregate, to ten (10) years;

(e) be of high moral character, integrity and impartiality;

(f) meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution and

(g) demonstrate a high degree of professional competence, communication skills, fairness, good temperament, good judgment in both legal and life experiences and commitment to public and community service.

Duties and Responsibilities

Director of Public Prosecutions shall:

a) have power to direct the Inspector-General to investigate any information or allegation of criminal conduct and the Inspector-General shall comply with any such direction;

b) exercise State powers of prosecution which may include:

(i) instituting and undertaking criminal proceedings against any person before any court (other than a court martial) in respect of any offence alleged to have been committed;

(ii) taking over and continuing any criminal proceedings commenced in any court (other than a court martial) that have been instituted or undertaken by another person or authority, with the permission of the person or authority;

(iii) promoting appropriate standards of practice by public prosecutors, assistant prosecutors, and any other person exercising prosecutorial authority under the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act, 2013;

(iv) implementing an effective prosecution mechanism so as to maintain the rule of law and contribute to fair and equitable criminal justice and the effective protection of citizens against crime;

(v) discontinuing at any stage before judgment is delivered any criminal proceedings instituted by the Director of Public Prosecutions or taken over by the Director of Public Prosecutions;

(vi) formulating and keeping under review public prosecution policy;

(vii) cooperating with the National Police Service, investigative agencies, the courts, the legal profession and other Government agencies or institutions so as to ensure the fairness and effectiveness of public prosecutions;

(viii) setting the qualifications for the appointment of prosecutors

(ix) reviewing decisions to prosecute, or not to prosecute, any criminal offence

(x) advising the State on all matters relating to the administration of criminal justice;

c) be responsible for accounting for state monies received or paid out on account of the Office;

d) submit an annual report to the President and Parliament on the performance and overall fulfillment of the object and purpose of the Office under the Constitution, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act, 2013 and any other written law; and

e) undertake all such other activities as are necessary or incidental to the performance of the functions of the office under the Constitution, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act, 2013, or any other written law.

Terms of Service

(i) The Director of Public Prosecutions shall hold office for a term of eight (8) years and shall not be eligible for re-appointment

(ii) The gross monthly salary attached to this post is Ksh.765,188.00 plus other benefits as determined by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission;

How to Apply

(a) Each application should be accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae, copies of relevant academic and professional certificates, National Identity Card or Passport, testimonials and other relevant supporting documents. Scanned copies of these documents must accompany an online application.

All applications should be clearly marked “Application for the position of the Director of Public Prosecutions” on the envelope and submitted in any ONE of the following ways:

(i) Written applications should be hand delivered to the Office of the Secretary/CEO on 4th floor of Commission House, on Harambee Avenue.

(ii) Online applications should be e-mailed as Ms Word attachment to

(iii) Posted applications should be addressed to:

The Secretary/CEO
Public Service Commission
Commission House
P.O. Box 30095-00100


(i) Names of all applicants and the interview schedule of those shortlisted shall be published in the daily newspapers and the Public Service Commission website after the closure of the advert.

(ii) Interested applicants are expected to obtain clearances from the following bodies:

  • Kenya Revenue Authority;
  • Higher Education Loans Board;
  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission;
  • Credit Reference Bureau; and
  • Directorate of Criminal Investigation (certificate of good conduct).

(iii) Canvasing for this position will lead to automatic disqualification.

“Women, minorities, marginalized and persons living with disability are encouraged to apply”

All applications should reach the Commission on or before Tuesday, 27th February, 2018 at 5.00 p.m.

Further information can be obtained from the Public Service Commission website


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Updated: February 21, 2018 — 6:21 pm