While this vacancy announcement expires on August 28, 2017, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. This assignment is for a period of 9 months, beginning in or about September 2017, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by reimbursable detail.
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), in coordination with the Resident Legal Advisors, will represent the U.S. Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of providing assistance to the government of Colombia, working with the Colombian Attorney General’s Office in providing technical assistance on trial advocacy training, including developing curricula, selecting experts, evaluating results, and reporting; and case based mentoring in organized crime, narcotics trafficking, corruption, human trafficking, human rights cases and other transnational crime prosecutions. Completion of these activities will include partnerships with local officials, international donors, and other sections at the U.S. Embassy.
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 four (4) years of post J.D. legal experience including four (4) 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.
- 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 Component/Agency, and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
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; extensive trial experience specifically in the areas listed above; and familiarity with criminal justice systems in the Western Hemisphere. Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of DOJ and other USG approaches and policies involving transnational crimes and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building.
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;
- Extensive prosecution experience;
- Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects;
- Experience in developing and litigating federal criminal cases involving international extradition and mutual legal assistance; and
- Experience with judicial standards and judicial training.
Although this vacancy announcement expires on August 28, 2017, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
TCS Relocation/TDY Expenses: This position is eligible for either a temporary change of station (TCS) relocation or EX-TDY. Upon selection, a cost comparison will be conducted to evaluate which option will be offered.
If a candidate is offered EX-TDY, transportation, lodging and M&IE will be provided in accordance with government regulations, DOJ policy and the governing Memorandum of Understanding between the Intermittent Legal Advisor and Criminal Division.
If a candidate is offered TCS relocation, relocation expenses will be provided in accordance with government regulations, DOJ policy and the governing Memorandum of Understanding between the Intermittent Legal Advisor and Criminal Division.
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