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TRIAL ATTORNEY, GS-905-14/15
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
CRIMINAL DIVISION
OFFICE OF OVERSEAS PROSECUTORIAL DEVELOPMENT,
ASSISTANCE AND TRAINING SECTION
RESIDENT LEGAL ADVISOR, PAKISTAN
13-CRM-OPD-051


The Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT), Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, seeks an experienced Assistant United States Attorney, Department of Justice Trial Attorney or qualified State Prosecutor to serve as a Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. This assignment is for a term of 14 months with the possibility of extension, contingent on additional funding and will begin on or about August 1, 2013. This position is a reimbursable detail or term appointment. Conditions of the detail will be handled on a case by case basis and will require an agreement between the chosen applicant's home office and OPDAT.

About the Office: The mission of OPDAT is to develop and administer technical and developmental assistance designed to enhance the capabilities of foreign justice sector institutions and their law enforcement personnel. This assistance is administered in order to enable those institutions and their personnel to more effectively combat terrorism, organized crime, corruption, financial crimes and other types of crime consistent with the rule of law. The assistance is also administered to enable those institutions and their personnel to more effectively cooperate with the United States and countries in their region to combat such crime. For more information about the office, please access our website at: http://www.justice.gov/criminal/opdat/.

Responsibilities and Opportunities: The RLA will represent the U.S. Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance activities designed to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and Pakistan on criminal justice matters and to assist Pakistan's efforts regarding its compliance with international anti-crime norms and obligations, particularly in the areas of counterterrorism, terrorist financing, financial crimes and money laundering. The RLA will work with appropriate Pakistani officials to plan and implement an effective money laundering and financial crimes regime. This could involve analysis of and advice on anti-terrorism legislation, money laundering laws, asset forfeiture proposals and other related criminal statutes, codes, laws and regulations. The RLA would also be expected to provide technical assistance in areas that could include freezing/seizing assets, financial fraud, public corruption and organized crime. In addition, the RLA will work closely with DOJ's other permanent Resident Legal Advisor at Post and with other U.S. and host government officials, as well as members of the international legal community, to support broader justice sector capacity development efforts in Pakistan in partnership with its police, prosecutors and justice sector institutions. This position involves periodic travel and will require the RLA to engage with justice sector officials from countries in the region on combating terrorism and financial crime through international cooperation.

Qualifications: Required Qualifications: Applicants must be a current Department of Justice Trial Attorney, Assistant United States Attorney or current State Prosecutor and possess a J.D. degree and be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction) as well as be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia. The minimum requirement for post J.D. legal experience for this position is four or five years. The successful applicant must have the ability to function effectively in an international, multi-cultural environment; possess excellent interpersonal and management skills; communicate effectively orally and in writing and possess extensive prosecution experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula and/or work with international development projects is strongly desired, but not required.

Travel: Extensive travel to/from Pakistan and within the country will be required.

Salary Information:Current salary and years of litigation experience will determine the appropriate salary at the time of appointment. Compensation will be at either the General Schedule (GS)-14 or GS-15 level. The exact salaries within these GS levels vary based on many factors including duty location and type of appointment. Base salary table and locality pay tables for all U.S. locations can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/oca/10tables/indexGS.asp. The RLA will receive appropriate Post salary differentials and allowances. .

The RLA will receive appropriate Post salary differentials and allowances.

Please note: If the position is filled by detail, there is no change to base pay.

Location: This position will be located in Islamabad, Pakistan and is unaccompanied.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are authorized.

Submission Process: Interested applicants must submit a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience), a detailed resume, and a current performance evaluation, if applicable to:

Mr. Thomas Dorwin, OPDAT Acting Deputy Director for Administration, at OPDAT_Admin@usdoj.gov.

Deadling Date: Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

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DEPARTMENT POLICIES: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of non-service-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

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