Although this vacancy announcement expires on May 3, 2019, the announcement may be closed at any time if selections are made. This assignment is for a period of 14 months beginning on or about August 2019 with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by reimbursable detail appointment. We highly recommend applying to all of the following ICHIP positions: Sao Paulo, Brazil; Zagreb, Croatia; Panama City, Panama; and Bucharest, Romania.
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.
This position will also work closely with the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS). CCIPS is responsible for implementing the Department's national strategies in combating computer and intellectual property crimes worldwide. CCIPS acts as a force multiplier in the domestic and international prevention, investigation, and prosecution of computer crimes and use of electronic evidence by working with other government agencies, the private sector, academic institutions, and foreign counterparts. Section attorneys work to improve the domestic and international infrastructure-legal, technological, and operational-to pursue network criminals most effectively. The Section's enforcement responsibilities against intellectual property crimes are similarly multi-faceted. Intellectual Property (IP) has become one of the principal U.S. economic engines, and the nation is a target of choice for thieves of material protected by copyright, trademark, or trade-secret designation. In pursuing all these goals, CCIPS attorneys train federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel; comment on and propose legislation; initiate and participate in international efforts to combat computer and intellectual property crime and provide case-based mentoring and litigation support to other prosecutors. In addition, CCIPS attorneys located in Washington, DC regularly run complex investigations, resolve unique legal and investigative issues raised by emerging computer and telecommunications technologies; and litigate cases.
Together CCIPS and OPDAT support and administer the U.S. Transnational and High Tech Crime Global Law Enforcement Network (GLEN) of ICHIPs to support international capacity building aimed at countering cybercrime and intellectual property criminals in the context of transnational organized crime (TOC). Currently, ICHIPS are deployed in Abuja, Nigeria, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Hong Kong, S.A.R., Bangkok Thailand, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Bucharest, Nigeria, and at Eurojust in the Hague. The ICHIPS are deployed to: (1) assess the capacity of law enforcement authorities throughout the region to enforce intellectual property rights (IPR), combat cybercrime, and gather electronic evidence; (2) develop and deliver training designed to enhance the capacity of justice sector personnel to enforce IPR, combat cybercrime, and gather electronic evidence; (3) assist in developing or strengthening institutions dedicated to enforcing IPR, combatting cybercrime and gathering electronic evidence; (4) monitor regional trends in IPR protection and computer crimes; and (5) provide expert assistance in support of the United States’ IPR and cybercrime policies and initiatives in the region.
The International Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (ICHIP) Attorney Advisor will have the following regional responsibilities: (1) assess the capacity of law enforcement authorities throughout the region to enforce intellectual property rights; (2) develop and deliver training and other capacity building activities designed to enhance the capacity of justice sector personnel to enforce intellectual property rights; (3) monitor regional trends in intellectual property protection and computer crimes; and (4) provide expert assistance in support of U.S. Government intellectual property and computer crimes policies and initiatives in the region.
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.
Applicants must have, or be able to obtain through their Component/Agency, and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
Preferred: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of Department of Justice and other United States Government approaches and policies involving transnational cybercrimes and cyber-enabled crime.
The successful applicant should also have:
- Ability to function effectively in an international, multi-cultural environment;
- Excellent interpersonal and management skills;
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
- Extensive cybercrime prosecution experience; and
- Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects.
While this vacancy announcement expires on May 3, 2019, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is 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 ICHIP.Applicants@USDOJ.GOV.