This assignment is for a period of at least 14 months, beginning on or about January, 2016, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by term or detail appointment.
Selectee will be eligible for appropriate post and overseas salary differentials
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 work under the auspices of the United States Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia, representing the Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of the OPDAT-Serbia justice sector assistance program. The RLA will develop capacity building programs and mentor justice sector personnel, with a focus on combating public corruption, particularly in connection with financial crimes, organized crime, money laundering, international mutual legal assistance, and asset recovery. The RLA will work closely with the Republic Prosecutor’s Office and regional prosecutors’ offices nationwide; and with prosecutors within the Office of the Organized Crime Prosecutor. The RLA will also work closely with other government institutions, such as the Ministries of Justice, Interior, and Finance, and independent agencies. The RLA will work on promoting interagency coordination and communication among those institutions participating in rule of law development efforts. The RLA will be expected to provide analysis of and advice on legislation relating to corruption and financial crimes, including the criminal code, criminal procedure code, and other laws and regulations, with the goal of strengthening compliance with international standards and norms. The position will also involve coordination with other OPDAT assistance programs in the region.
Required: To qualify for this position, applicants must 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. In addition, applicants must meet the following specific grade requirements:
GS-14: Applicants must have at least three (3) years of post J.D. legal experience to include three (3) years of prosecutorial experience at the federal or state level.
GS-15: Applicants must have at least four (4) years of post J.D. legal experience to include four (4) years of prosecutorial experience at the federal or state level.
Preferred qualifications: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of approaches and policies involving corruption (and related offenses), and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building. Proficiency in the Serbian or related languages is also preferred but not required. 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; and
- Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects
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