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.
The Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) will represent the Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance activities designed to improve the capacity of the criminal justice system in Niger, including its capacity to appropriately and effectively investigate, prosecute, adjudicate, and punish criminality in more complex cases, including those involving terrorism, transnational organized crime, and illicit trafficking
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.
Preferred: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of Department of Justice and other U.S. Government approaches and policies involving major criminal cases (for example, terrorism cases or transnational crime cases) and security and justice sector development issues, incluiding training and instituion-building. Proficiency in French 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 bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects.
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