This assignment is for a period of 14 months, beginning in or about June 2019, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by reimbursable detail or term 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 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 U.S. 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 El Salvador to combat corruption, organized crime, money laundering, and other transnational crimes, consistent with international standards. The RLA will work closely with other OPDAT personnel assigned to U.S. Embassy San Salvador in assisting Salvadoran prosecutors, judges, law enforcement and government officials to design and implement bilateral technical assistance and development projects. These projects include technical advice to the Salvadoran Prosecutor General’s Office on the development of major task forces, including those dealing with anti-corruption, and general capacity building to increase collaborative efforts to identify, disrupt, and dismantle criminal networks. This may include analysis of and advice on initiatives including, but not limited to criminal code and criminal procedure code legislation, international mutual legal assistance and extradition, financial crimes, and asset forfeiture proposals.
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.
Applicants must have, or be able to obtain through their Agency/Component, and maintain a Top Secret clearance.
Preferred: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of Department of Justice and other U.S. Government approaches and policies involving judicial and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building. Experience living, working, and/or training in an overseas environment is desirable.
The successful applicant should also have:
- Ability to function effectively in an embassy or international, multi-cultural environment;
- Excellent interpersonal and management skills;
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
- Experience with judicial standards and judicial training;
- Significant prosecution experience; 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. Please submit your application through USAJOBS. The list of required documents can be found in the USAJobs announcement.
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