This assignment is for a period of 14 months, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by term or reimbursable detail 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.
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.
The Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) will represent the Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance activities designed to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and Argentina and the Tri-Border Area (Brazil and Paraguay) on criminal justice matters and to assist these countries' efforts regarding its compliance with international anti-crime norms and obligations, particularly in the areas of counterterrorism financing, financial crimes, money laundering, and asset recovery. The RLA will work with appropriate government officials in Argentina and the Tri-Border area to plan and implement an effective money laundering and financial crimes regime. This could involve analysis of and advice on anti-terrorism legislation, money laundering laws, asset forfeiture proposals, and other related criminal statutes, codes, laws, and regulations. The RLA would also be expected to provide technical assistance in areas that could include freezing/seizing assets, financial fraud, public corruption, organized crime, and extradition. This position involves periodic travel in the region and will require the RLA to 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:
1. 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: a. GS-15: 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.
3. 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 DOJ and other USG approaches and policies involving transnational crimes (e.g., terrorism, money laundering and asset forfeiture, narcotics trafficking, corruption, and intellectual property crimes), and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building. Experience in prosecuting terrorism and terrorist financing matters is highly desirable. Portuguese language fluency is desired.
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 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.
Although this vacancy announcement expires on June 24, 2016, the announcement may be closed at any time if selections are made. The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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