This assignment is for a period of at least 14 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.
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 Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) will represent the U.S. Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance activities designed to support Burkina Faso’s counterterrorism efforts and to help strengthen the criminal justice sector in Burkina Faso. The RLA program assists efforts to combat complex criminal cases, including terrorism, terrorist financing, and money laundering, by establishing strong legal and policy frameworks, strengthening the security and justice sectors, and building accountable institutions that respect human rights and the rule of law. The RLA will work with the Ministry of Justice and other government and non-government stakeholders, as well as international partners as appropriate, on projects designed to support sustainable institutional improvements. These will include improvements in legislation and procedures that promote proactive investigations and prosecutions, and transparent, efficient and fair adjudications in criminal cases, as well as professional practices and humane conditions in prisons. This position involves periodic travel in the region and will require the RLA to engage with justice sector officials from regional partner nations on combating complex criminal and terrorism cases.
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 applicant must be a proficient French speaker, as well as proficient in reading and writing in French.
Preferred: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of Department of Justice and other U.S. Government approaches and policies.
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.
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