While this vacancy announcement expires March 23, 2023, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. This assignment is for a period of at least 14 months, beginning on or about July 2023, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be through a 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 and law enforcement institutions and their personnel. This assistance is administered to enable those institutions and their personnel to combat terrorism, transnational organized crime, corruption, financial crime, and other types of crime more effectively 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.
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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 support counterterrorism efforts and to help strengthen the criminal justice sector in Morocco. The RLA program assists efforts to combat complex criminal cases, including terrorism, terrorist financing, and money laundering, by establishing strong legal and policy frameworks, strengthening the security and justice sectors, and building accountable institutions that respect human rights and the rule of law. The RLA will work with the Ministry of Justice and other government and non-government stakeholders, as well as international partners as appropriate, on projects designed to support sustainable institutional improvements. These will include improvements in legislation and procedures that promote proactive investigations and prosecutions, and transparent, efficient, and fair adjudications in criminal cases, as well as professional practices and humane conditions in prisons. While Morocco will be the primary focus, this position involves periodic travel within the region, including Algeria and Tunisia, and will require the RLA to engage with justice sector officials from regional partner nations on combating complex criminal and terrorism cases.
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.
Applicantsmust have, or be able to obtain through their Component/Agency, and maintain a TopSecret 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 crimes, terrorism, and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building.
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 prosecution experience;
- Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects; and
- Proficiency in French language is highly desirable.
While this vacancy announcement expires March 23, 2023, 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 OPDATDetails.AFME@USDOJ.GOV.
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.