Resident Legal Advisor

Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training
Attorney
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia
14-CRM-OPD-103
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, 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 justice sector technical assistance activities designed to improve the capacity of the criminal justice systems in Ethiopia and other countries located in the Horn of Africa region to combat terrorism and transnational crime consistent with the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) Rabat Memorandum on Good Practices for Effective Counterterrorism Practice in the Criminal Justice Sector (Rabat Memorandum). The RLA will be responsible for promoting engagement with relevant components within the Ethiopian criminal justice system, as well as with the East Africa-based Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the African Union, and relevant components of the United Nations. The RLA will coordinate with these entities in capacity building efforts focused on the implementation of legislation and practices in Ethiopia and in the Horn of Africa that are consistent with the GCTF Rabat Memorandum. The RLA would also be expected to provide technical assistance in areas that could include criminal procedure code reform, counterterrorism capacity development, and legislative drafting.

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. 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.

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: 
Compensation will be at the General Schedule (GS)-15 level. See OPM's Web page at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2014/general-schedule/ The RLA will receive appropriate Post salary differentials and allowances.
Travel: 
Extensive travel to/from Ethiopia and within the country will be required as well as travel throughout the Horn of Africa.
Application Process: 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and a list of eligible candidates will be referred to the hiring manager every two weeks. The vacancy may be closed at any time if a selection is made. The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

Please submit your application through USAJOBS. The list of required documents can be found in the USAJobs announcement.

1. If you do not already have an account, please create a USAjobs account before applying Create an Account. 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/375407300

Application Deadline: Sept 1, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Monday, September 1, 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.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.    

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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