This assignment is for a period of 14 months, beginning in or about July 2020, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by term appointment or reimbursable detail. All applicants from 19-CRM-OPD-023 and 19-CRM-OPD-069 are still under consideration. There is no need to re-apply to this position.
The mission of the Criminal Division's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training (OPDAT) is to build strong foreign partners who can work with the United States to enhance cooperation in transnational cases and to fight crime before it reaches our shores. OPDAT provides expert assistance and case-based mentoring to foreign counterparts to help develop justice systems that can effectively combat transnational crime, corruption, and terrorism consistent with the rule of law and in furtherance of U.S. national security.
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 systems in Paraguay and the region to combat terrorism, terrorist financing, and transnational crime consistent with Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations, United Nations resolutions regarding terrorist financing, and the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) Rabat Memorandum on Good Practices for Effective Counterterrorism Practice in the Criminal Justice Sector (Rabat Memorandum). The RLA will work with relevant components within the Paraguayan criminal justice system to plan and implement effective money laundering and financial crimes regimes in order to disrupt terrorist networks. Specifically, the RLA will facilitate bilateral and regional technical assistance and skills development to law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and other practitioners designed to increase their capacity to collaboratively identify, disrupt, and dismantle terrorist financing and other transnational criminal regimes. This may include analysis of and advice on initiatives including, but not limited to, anti-terrorism legislation, money laundering laws, asset forfeiture proposals, organized crime, and extradition. The RLA would also be expected to provide technical assistance in areas that could include criminal procedure code reform, counterterrorism and money laundering capacity development, and legislative drafting. This position involves periodic travel in the region and will require the RLA to coordinate with the Tri-Border Area Legal Advisor who oversees the region, as well as engage with justice sector officials from countries in the region on combating terrorism and financial crime through international cooperation.
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 fluent Spanish speaker, as well as proficient in reading and writing Spanish.
Preferred: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of Department of Justice and other U.S. Government approaches and policies involving experience in developing and litigating federal criminal cases involving international extradition and mutual legal assistance, as well as experience in developing and litigating federal criminal cases involving international extradition and mutual legal assistance.
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;
- 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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