Resident Legal Advisor

Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training
Attorney
Morocco
14-CRM-OPD-101
About the Office: 

The mission of the Criminal Division's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (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, transnational organized crime, corruption, financial crimes and other types of crime in a manner consistent with the rule of law. The assistance is also administered to enable those institutions and their personnel to more effectively cooperate regionally and with the United States in combating such crime. http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/opdat/

Job Description: 

The RLA will represent the Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of OPDAT justice sector technical assistance activities in order to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Morocco on criminal justice matters and to raise Morocco's level of compliance with international anti-crime norms and obligations, particularly in matters involving terrorism and transnational crime. The RLA will also focus on strengthening relations with various North African governments on the aforementioned subject matters. During his or her tenure, the selected attorney will work closely with local law enforcement and government officials, including investigators, members of the judiciary, ministry officials, legislators, and others. This could involve analysis of and advice on pending counterterrorism legislation, money laundering laws, asset forfeiture proposals, laws against terrorist financing, laws governing mutual legal assistance, and other related and potentially affected criminal statutes, codes, laws, and regulations. The RLA would also be expected to assist in developing legal and judicial assistance in the areas that might include freezing/seizing assets, financial fraud, public corruption, organized crime, and extradition in both Morocco and various North African governments. The RLA will be called upon to support regional training efforts.

Qualifications: 

Required Qualifications: To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL of the requirements below:

1. A J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing.

2. Specific grade level requirements:

a. GS-15: At least four (4) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include four (4) years of prosecutorial experience at the federal or state level.

b. GS-14: At least two and a half (2.5) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include two and a half (2.5) years of prosecutorial experience at the federal or state level.

3. Proficiency in spoken and written French (must be documented in the applicant’s resume).

Preferred qualifications: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of DOJ and other USG approaches and policies involving transnational crimes, terrorism, and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building. The successful applicant should also have:

• Ability to function effectively in an international, multi-cultural environment;
• Excellent interpersonal and management skills;
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
• Extensive prosecution experience; and
• Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects

Salary: 
The salary for this position is at the GS-14 or GS-15 grade levels. The RLA will receive appropriate Post salary differentials and allowances.
Travel: 
Extensive international and regional travel will be required.
Application Process: 

1. If you do not already have an account, please create a USAjobs account before applying. You will be able to upload your resume and supporting documents and complete your profile prior to applying.

2. Once you have an account, apply to the USAjobs vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/375236600

Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 10, 2014
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1

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Equal Employment Opportunity:  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 other 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.

Reasonable Accommodations:  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.

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Suitability and Citizenship:  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.

Veterans:  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 nonservice-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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