This assignment is for a period of 12 months with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by term or detail appointment. More than one position may be filled from this announcement.
Detail applicants must attain prior approval from their management before applying to this detail.
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.
The Attorney Advisor works at OPDAT headquarters in Washington, D.C. and carries out headquarters level management responsibilities to include programmatic, logistical and financial support. The Attorney Advisor directly supports OPDAT's in country Resident and/or Intermittent Legal Advisors (RLA/ILA) to administer technical and developmental assistance. The Attorney Advisor works closely with OPDAT headquarters staff, officials within the Department of Justice and partner agencies, as well as in-country U.S. and foreign officials, to assure assistance programs meet the needs of the host country, and supports Departmental and U.S. policy objectives. More specifically, the Attorney Advisor will perform the following duties.
- Oversees the highly complex justice sector development and technical assistance programs undertaken by OPDAT in his or her specific region. This typically includes, but is not limited to, oversight of one or more regional focus areas that include Justice Sector Institution Building; Criminal Procedure and Trial Practice; Combating Organized Crime; Combating Transnational Crime; Countering Public Corruption; White Collar Crime; and Counter-terrorism.
- Leads in the formulation and preparation of OPDAT regional or country-specific program funding proposals and implementation plans. Develops program measures and oversees program execution to ensure compliance with department and partner agency policy requirements, consistency with implementation plans and adherence with the terms and conditions in interagency agreements.
- Works with program personnel in the analysis of justice sector development and technical assistance needs; the assessment of regional or country-specific capabilities; the refinement of program objectives or goals; and the development or refinement of program plans.
- Assists in the recruitment of candidates for RLA/ILA positions. Identifies and selects instructors and technical advisers to support program objectives, and provides guidance to resolve administrative and logistical issues concerning deployments and re-deployments.
- Monitors RLA/ILA financial and programmatic activities to ensure the programs are being carried out in accordance with work plans and budgets while facilitating the timely submission of RLA/ILA reporting.
- Works with program personnel in compiling regional and country specific briefing materials and data call requests covering OPDAT development assistance and training programs.
- Facilitates and/or assists in the preparation of official correspondence for OPDAT, DOJ, and partner agencies, as well as foreign government officials dealing with development assistance and training programs and matters.
Required Qualifications: To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL of the following requirements: Possess 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. To qualify at the GS-14 level, applicants must have at least three (3) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include three (3) years of prosecutorial experience at the federal or state level.To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have 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.
The successful applicant should also have:
- Ability to function effectively in an international, multi-cultural environment;
- 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
- Excellent interpersonal and management skills
- Familiarity with the legal system/laws in any of the following geographic areas: Africa and the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, or the Western Hemisphere with an understanding of their cultural norms and capacities;
- Understanding of comparative international law and major conventions or treaties in effect;
- Knowledge of US funding agency and interagency practices and priorities; an understanding of US foreign policy goals; and,
- Experience living, working and/or training in an overseas environment is also desirable.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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