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 combat more effectively 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 cooperate more effectively regionally and with the United States in combating such crime. http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/opdat
The Intermittent Legal Advisor (ILA) will represent the U.S. Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance activities designed to enhance the capabilities of law enforcement officials in Kosovo, and to strengthen Kosovo’s criminal justice institutions and legal frameworks. The ILA will engage in the following types of technical assistance; 1) provide mentorship to Kosovar officials with oversight responsibilities for judges and prosecutors; 2) deliver targeted trainings to strengthen investigatory, prosecutorial, and judicial skills; and 3) review relevant laws and regulations, convene stakeholders to discuss amendments, and draft legislation to address gaps in legal and regulatory frameworks.
Completion of these activities will include partnerships with local officials, international donors, and other sections at the U.S. Embassy. OPDAT seeks to hire two ILAs under this announcement. One will be located in the U.S. Embassy and work primarily on legislative and regulatory reforms. The other will be co-located, with the majority of the time spent at a Government of Kosovo agency, and will work primarily on mentorship and training for Kosovar counterparts with oversight of prosecutorial and judicial personnel. Both ILAs will assist with other Embassy and OPDAT projects as needed.
Required: To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL of the requirements below:
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.
Specific grade level requirements:
- GS-15: At least five (5) years of post J.D. legal experience including five (5) years of federal judicial or prosecutorial experience.
- GS-14: 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.
Preferred: Experience in the following areas is desired but not required: working in an Embassy and/or overseas environment; working on cases with international dimensions; and familiarity with criminal justice systems in Eastern Europe.
The successful applicant should also have:
The ability to function effectively in an international, multi-cultural environment;
Excellent interpersonal and management skills;
The ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; and
Extensive prosecution experience
Although this vacancy announcement expires on September 25, 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.
All interested attorneys meeting these qualifications should submit a cover letter and resume to OPDATDetails.CEE@USDOJ.GOV.