This assignment is for a period of 14 months, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding and agreement of the parties.
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 Resident Legal Advior (RLA) will represent the U.S. Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance activities designed to strengthen relationships between the United States and Mali on criminal justice matters and to assist Mali in improving their abilities to combat terrorism. The RLA will be embedded with the Malian prosecutors in order to assist justice sector personnel to improve their ability to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate terrorism criminal cases and execute sentences in a fair and efficient manner. This could involve analysis of and advice on anti-terrorism legislation, relevant policies, and other related criminal statutes, codes, laws, and regulations. The RLA would also be expected to develop and implement a series of programs, practical trainings, and workshops that focus on encouraging coordination among law enforcement, and that promote a common understanding among the various criminal justice actors regarding evidence, the rights of the accused, criminal procedures, and the burden of proof in criminal cases. This position involves periodic travel in the region and will require the RLA to engage with justice sector officials on combating terrorism and related transnational crimes through international cooperation.
Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must 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.
Grade Specific Qualifications:
a. GS-15: At least four (4) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include four (4) years of criminal law experience.
b. GS-14: At least three (3) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include three (3) years of criminal law experience.
Preferred: Applicants should have an understanding and practical knowledge of Department of Justice and other United States Government approaches and policies involving judicial and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building. Experience living, working, and/or training in an overseas environment is desirable. Proficiency in spoken and written French is desirable.
The successful applicant should also have:
• Ability to function effectively in an embassy or international, multi-cultural environment;
• Excellent interpersonal and management skills;
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
• Significant prosecution experience; and
• Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curriculum, and/or work with international development projects.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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