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.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
This is a 24 month assignment, beginning in or about December 2015, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by term appointment or through reimbursable detail. Conditions of the detail will be handled on a case by case basis, and will require an agreement between the gaining and losing components.
Applicants applying for the detail appointment must obtain the concurrence of their supervisor, Section Chief, Office Director, or U.S. Attorney for a minimum two-year detail to OPDAT.
The Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT), Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, seeks a current Department of Justice (DOJ) Attorney or Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA), to include any individuals currently assigned to OPDAT outside of DOJ, or experienced federal prosecutor to serve as Expert Advisor to the United States European Command (EUCOM) Headquarters on DOJ programs, operations and interests within the EUCOM Area of Responsibility (AOR), and extended Area of Interest (AOI), including Europe, Russia, and Eurasia, as they impact EUCOM. The incumbent will support EUCOM interaction with other United States government departments and agencies, the international community, and non-governmental, academic, private and corporate entities, on criminal justice sector development issues within EUCOM's AOI and AOR, as part of a 'Whole of Government' approach to development of criminal justice-sector and security institutions throughout the region. This will include development and implementation of criminal justice capacity and institution building programs within EUCOM's AOR and AOI. Parallel responsibilities at the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) may be added to the Incumbent's portfolio.
Required Qualifications: 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 have at least four (4) years post J.D. experience. Applicants must also be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction).
Grade Specific Qualifications:
To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have four (4) or more years of post-J.D. legal experience at the federal or state level, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: working as a lead attorney on felony level cases or specialized criminal litigation (i.e. violent crimes, homicide, narcotics), cross examining witnesses, and leading the work of support attorneys and paralegals.
Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies:
· Experience working in a military environment.
· Familiarity with European legal systems and approaches of other international organizations, particularly the European Union and the Council of Europe, to combating transnational crime and terrorism, enhancing security, and building justice-sector capacity.
· Proficiency in one or more languages within the EUCOM AOR or AOI.
· If duties on behalf of AFRICOM are added to the Incumbent's portfolio, preferred qualifications will also include familiarity with African legal systems, developmental, rule of law and law enforcement challenges facing African countries, and proficiency in French.
· Ability to function effectively in an international, multi-cultural environment.
· Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
· Extensive prosecution experience.
· Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects.
Additionally, applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of DOJ and other United States government approaches and policies involving transnational crime, terrorism and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement. While this vacancy announcement expires on July 31, 2015, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made.
Please submit your application through USAJOBS. The list of required documents can be found in the USAJobs announcement.
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Once you have an account, apply to the USAjobs vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/407301600.
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.