Although this vacancy announcement expires on October 9, 2023, the announcement may be closed at any time if selections are made. This assignment is for a period of 14 months, beginning in early 2024 with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be through 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 more effectively combat terrorism, transnational organized crime, corruption, financial crime, 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.justice.gov/criminal-opdat.
OPDAT and the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) jointly administer the U.S. Transnational and High-Tech Crime Global Law Enforcement Network (GLEN) of International Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (ICHIP) attorney advisors to support international capacity building aimed at countering intellectual property (IP) crime and cybercrime in the context of transnational organized crime.
The U.S. Transnational and High-Tech Crime Global Law Enforcement Network (GLEN) program is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (DOS/INL), CCIPS and OPDAT. Currently, ICHIPs are posted to regional positions in Africa (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania), Asia (Hong Kong S.A.R.; Bangkok, Thailand; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Europe (Bucharest, Romania; Zagreb, Croatia; and The Hague, Netherlands), and the Western Hemisphere (Panama City, Panama and São Paulo, Brazil). Two subject-matter expert ICHIPs – the ICHIP for Internet-based Fraud and Public Health (IFPH) and the ICHIP for Dark Web and Cryptocurrency (DWC) – as well as DOJ computer forensic analysts and law enforcement officials with intellectual property and cybercrime expertise – also form part of the GLEN.
The objective of the GLEN is to promote the rule of law and to protect Americans from criminal threats emanating from abroad by delivering targeted training to encourage both immediate improvements as well as long-term institutional change to combat computer and intellectual property crimes worldwide. This assistance includes training workshops, legislative review, case-based mentoring, skills-development, and promoting institutional reform such as the formation of specialized units to address these criminal threats.
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 ICHIP Attorney Advisor will work to assist prosecutors and other justice sector officials in his/her region to improve their countries’ ability to effectively investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate IP crime, cybercrime, and cyber-enabled crime as well as utilize digital/electronic evidence. During his/her tenure, the ICHIP will provide assistance on a variety of criminal justice projects, including: (1) case-based mentoring and skills development training for prosecutors, police, and judges; (2) identifying gaps in existing law, furnishing advice to foreign officials regarding the enactment of effective legislation, and amendment of existing laws to increase enforcement efficacy; and (3) building institutional capacity within the law enforcement agencies to combat transnational intellectual property theft, cybercrime, and associated criminal activity.
The ICHIP will be stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and will have regional responsibilities for sub-Saharan Africa. The ICHIP will also collaborate with ICHIPs stationed in other regions.
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 U.S. Government approaches and policies involving transnational IP crime, cybercrime, cyber-enabled crime, and digital/electronic evidence.
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;
- Relevant IP crime and/or cybercrime prosecution experience; and
- Experience in teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects.
Although this vacancy announcement expires on October 9, 2023, 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 email@example.com.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.