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DOJ Attaché - Thailand

Hiring Organization
Criminal Division (CRM)
Hiring Office
Office of International Affairs
Job ID
Bangkok - Thailand
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of International Affairs is seeking an experienced attorney for the position of Department of Justice Attaché, stationed at the United States Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. This position has also been cross designated by the Attorney General as the Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordinator (IPLEC) for Asia. The Attaché is the representative of the Department of Justice and the Office of International Affairs (OIA) in Thailand and several other countries in Southeast Asia, and as such reports to the respective Chiefs of Mission. The attorney will work as a member of OIA’s Asia, Africa and Middle East Team and will be responsible for fugitive matters and mutual assistance requests, acting as a liaison among, and providing case support to, OIA, U.S prosecutors (state and federal), and U.S. and foreign officials in Thailand and other countries in the region. The individual selected will also work in concert with the Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of the Criminal Division to implement the Departments’ intellectual property strategy for the region. In addition, the attorney will support the Criminal Division and the Department in the formulation and execution of a wide array of bilateral and regional law enforcement and criminal justice programs and policies. Appointment to this position will be effected by a reimbursable detail. Applicants should obtain the approval of their management before applying for this detail.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description

This position is limited to current Department of Justice employees and will be filled by a reimbursable detail assignment for two years with the possibility of a one year extension.  It is expected to begin in the late spring of 2020. The successful candidate will be required to serve and successfully complete an initial, temporary detail at the Office of International Affairs in Washington, D.C. for approximately thirty (30) to sixty (60) days prior to receiving final clearance and reporting to the duty station in Bangkok. The detail is funded by the Criminal Division.

The responsibilities of the Attaché include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitoring extradition requests and requests for legal assistance in criminal matters to and from Thailand and other assigned countries in the region, and resolving problems regarding those requests; 
  • Working with U.S., Thai and Southeast Asian authorities in connection with criminal investigations and prosecutions;
  • Serving generally as a liaison to prosecution, law enforcement and judicial authorities in the region to assure that the law enforcement interests of the Department of Justice are understood and given adequate consideration by the foreign governments;
  • Developing expertise in the criminal laws and procedures of Thailand and assigned countries in the region in order to assist U.S. authorities with questions on law enforcement matters, and assisting foreign authorities with questions regarding U.S. criminal laws and procedures, all with a view toward better cooperation and coordination through mutual understanding;
  • Working with and advising all law enforcement agencies and appropriate Embassy personnel stationed in Bangkok and other assigned Southeast Asian countries on transnational criminal issues;
  • Providing assistance and training to foreign law enforcement agencies on intellectual property enforcement and assisting U.S. prosecutors and agents in the development and coordination of intellectual property cases involving Asia; 
  • Working closely with senior Department of State (DOS) officials on international criminal matters, with a particular view towards clearly articulating the interests of the Department of Justice, and working toward effective integration of those interests with the policies and priorities of the Embassy and the DOS; and,
  • Managing the Department of Justice's Bangkok Office, maintaining current and thorough case related records in Oracle, and supervising the support staff at the U.S. Embassy.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree; be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory, or the District of Columbia; have at least five (5) years of post-J.D. legal experience; be a current employee of the Department of Justice with extensive experience in the field of criminal law and the prosecution of criminal offenders; and have a strong background working with international requests for extradition and mutual legal assistance.

Applicants must have, or be able to obtain through their Component/Agency, and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

Applicants should also have:

  1. Significant experience dealing with complex legal and policy issues;
  2. Experience in developing and litigating federal criminal cases involving international extradition and mutual legal assistance;
  3. Working knowledge of federal and state judicial systems, prosecution, investigative and regulatory agencies;
  4. Experience in dealing with foreign governments, officials, and judicial systems;
  5. Ability to establish and maintain harmonious relations with state and federal law enforcement agencies, representatives of foreign governments and the public, and the ability to supervise paralegal support staff;
  6. Ability to formulate, implement and effectively advocate Department policies on all matters relating to the assigned areas;
  7. Experience in negotiating and implementing international agreements, including experience in working with diplomatic notes;
  8. Experience in working with criminal investigations and prosecutions relating to violations of intellectual property laws.
  9. Ability to manage an office, budget, and personnel while working in a fast-paced work environment;
  10. Familiarity with national security issues; and
  11. Some understanding of Department of State practices and regulations.
Application Process

All interested attorneys meeting these qualifications should send a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample (maximum 10 pages), and copies of their last three performance evaluations to Attaché Position, Bangkok at

Applicants applying for the detail appointment must obtain the concurrence of their supervisor, Section Chief, Office Director, or U.S. Attorney for a minimum two-year detail to the Office of International Affairs.


Under a detail assignment, there is no change to the selectee’s base pay. Regardless, the selectee will also receive appropriate post salary differentials and allowances, where applicable.

Number of Positions
Frequent travel between Bangkok and other Southeast Asian countries will be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are authorized. This is an accompanied position.

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Department Policies

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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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 disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. 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. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is 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. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled 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, 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated January 9, 2020