While this vacancy announcement expires on April 11,2019, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. This assignment is for a period of 12 months, beginning as soon as practicable, 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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Works with program personnel in compiling relevant briefing materials covering OPDAT global counterterrorism 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 related to OPDAT’s counterterrorism work.
Required: To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL of the requirements below:
- 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.
- 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 in Article III courts or comparable state level courts.
- GS-14: At least three (3) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include three (3) years of prosecutorial experience in Article III courts or comparable state level courts.
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-SCI security clearance.
- 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.
While this vacancy announcement expires on April 11,2019, 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.
TCS Relocation/TDY Expenses:
This position may be eligible for either a temporary change of station (TCS) relocation or EX-TDY. Upon selection, a cost comparison will be conducted to evaluate which option will be offered if detailee is outside the Washington D.C. area.
If candidate is offered EX-TDY, transportation, lodging and M&IE may be provided in accordance with government regulations, DOJ policy and the governing Memorandum of Understanding between the detailee and Criminal Division.
If a candidate is offered TCS relocation, relocation expenses may be provided in accordance with government regulations, DOJ policy and the governing Memorandum of Understanding between the detailee and Criminal Division.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.