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 a detail or term 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 Legal Advisor will work under the auspices of the U.S. Embassy in the host country. The Legal Advisor will represent the U.S. Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance activities designed to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and the country of assignment on criminal matters and to assist the partner nation’s efforts to implement international best practices, especially relating to combating terrorism and transnational crime. More specifically, the Legal Advisor will work with justice sector officials on: 1) legislative, procedural, and policy reform; 2) improving the basic skills of investigators, prosecutors, and judges; and 3) improving the justice sector’s capacities to pursue and adjudicate cases involving terrorism, terrorism financing, and transnational crimes. The program will include regional responsibility for providing technical support and training for other African countries, particularly the countries in the Lake Chad Basin.
Required: To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL of the requirements below:
- 1. Have 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 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.
Preferred: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of Department of Justice and other U.S. Government approaches and policies involving transnational crimes and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building. Experience with money laundering and/or asset forfeiture is desirable. Experience living, working, and/or training in an overseas environment is also desirable. Proficiency in spoken and written French is highly desirable.
- The successful applicant should also have: The ability to function effectively in an international, multi-cultural environment; Excellent interpersonal and management skills;
- The 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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