Attorney Advisor, Counterterrorism

Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training
Attorney
Washington, DC 20530
United States
19-CRM-DET-012
About the Office: 

While this vacancy announcement expires on March 15, 2019, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made.  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 detail appointment.

Detail applicants must attain prior approval from their management before applying to this detail. 

Applicants must be located within the Washington, D.C. metro area. Applicants whose permanent duty station is outside of the Washington, D.C. area will not be considered.

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 Attorney Advisor for Counterterrorism 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 global engagements focused on building civilian capabilities of foreign government partners to counter terrorism. 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 design and implement assistance programs that meet the needs of the host country and support Departmental and U.S. policy objectives. More specifically, the Attorney Advisor will perform the following duties: 

  1. Assists in managing and implementing highly complex bilateral, multilateral, and/or global technical assistance programs aimed at addressing concrete topics related to the fields of counterterrorism, countering the financing of terrorism, foreign terrorist fighters, complex prosecutions and investigations of terrorism-related offenses, and others as identified with the goal of advancing U.S. counterterrorism priorities and addressing key challenges in the fight against terrorism globally. 
     
  2. Develops curricula and program measures, as well as oversees program execution to ensure compliance with department and interagency policy requirements and strategic goals, ensuring consistency with implementation plans and adherence with the terms and conditions in interagency agreements.
     
  3. Works with program personnel in the analysis of 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 to strategically build civilian capabilities of foreign government partners to counter terrorism.
     
  4. Identifies and selects instructors and technical advisers to support program objectives, and provides guidance to direct experts’ substantive contributions to global programming designed to combat terrorism.
     
  5. Monitors 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 reporting.
     
  6. Works with program personnel in compiling relevant briefing materials covering OPDAT global counterterrorism programs. 
     
  7. 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 related to OPDAT’s counterterrorism work. 
Qualifications: 

Required:  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:
    • 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.
    • GS-14:  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.

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

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

Preferred:  

  • Familiarity with the legal system/laws in any of the following geographic areas: Africa and the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, or the Western Hemisphere with an understanding of their cultural norms and capacities;
  • Understanding of U.S. counterterrorism strategies, key counterterrorism challenges, comparative international law and major conventions or treaties in effect;
  • Knowledge of U.S. funding agency and interagency practices and priorities; and, an understanding of U.S. foreign policy goals; and,  
  • Experience living, working and/or training in an overseas environment is also desirable.  
Salary: 
Under detail assignment, there is no change to the selectee’s base pay.
Travel: 
Travel to overseas locations may be required.
Application Process: 

While this vacancy announcement expires on March 15, 2019, the announcement 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.

All interested attorneys meeting these qualifications should submit a cover letter and resume to OPDAT_Admin@usdoj.gov

Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 15, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated March 7, 2019

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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 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 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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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, 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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