This assignment is for a period of 14 months, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by term or reimbursable detail appointment.
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 Advisor (RLA) will represent the U.S. Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance activities to strengthen Dominican justice sector capacity by promoting rule of law and legislation that will enable justice sector officials to investigate and prosecute transnational crime, violent crime, corruption, money laundering and other financial crimes, narcotics distribution, organized crime, femicide, domestic violence, and human smuggling and trafficking. The RLA will be embedded in the Dominican Republic’s Attorney General’s office and will work with appropriate Dominican officials in case based mentoring. The RLA will also be expected to provide technical assistance, case-based mentoring, and consultations in areas that could include legislative drafting, plea bargaining, the leading role of the prosecutor in investigations, extended use of special investigative techniques (electronic surveillance, use of undercover agents, controlled deliveries and cooperating witnesses) and close cooperation between prosecutors and police.
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 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 applicant must be a fluent Spanish speaker, as well as proficient in reading and writing Spanish.
Preferred: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of U.S. Government approaches and policies involving transnational crimes (e.g., money laundering and asset forfeiture, narcotics trafficking, corruption, and intellectual property crimes), and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building. Experience in prosecuting terrorism and terrorist financing matters is highly desirable.
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;
- Experience in developing and litigating federal criminal cases involving international extradition and mutual legal assistance; and
- Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, 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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