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.
Responsibilities and Opportunities Offered: The Program Manager works at OPDAT headquarters in Washington, D.C. and carries out headquarters level management responsibilities to include programmatic, logistical and financial support. The Program Manager directly supports OPDAT's in-country Resident and/or Intermittent Legal Advisors (RLA/ILA) to administer technical and developmental assistance. The Program Manager works closely with OPDAT headquarters staff, officials within the Department of Justice and partner agencies, as well as in-country U.S. and foreign officials, to assure assistance programs meet the needs of the host country, and supports Departmental and U.S. policy objectives. More specifically, the Program Manager will perform the following duties.
1. Oversees complex international justice sector development and technical assistance programs undertaken by OPDAT. This typically includes, but is not limited to, oversight of one or more regional focus areas that include Justice Sector Institution Building; Criminal Procedure and Trial Practice; Combating Organized Crime; Combating Transnational Crime; Countering Public Corruption; White Collar Crime; and Counterterrorism.
2. Leads in the formulation and preparation of OPDAT regional or country-specific program funding proposals and implementation plans. Develops program measures and oversees program execution to ensure compliance with department and partner agency policy requirements, consistency with implementation plans and adherence with the terms and conditions in interagency agreements.
3. Works with program personnel in the analysis of justice sector development and technical assistance needs; the assessment of regional or country-specific capabilities; the refinement of program objectives or goals; and the development or refinement of program plans.
4. Assists in the recruitment of candidates for RLA/ILA positions. Identifies and selects instructors and technical advisors to support program objectives, and provides guidance to resolve administrative and logistical issues concerning deployments and re-deployments.
5. Monitors RLA/ILA financial and programmatic activities to ensure the programs are being carried out in accordance with work plans and budgets while facilitating the timely submission of RLA/ILA reporting.
6. Works with program personnel in compiling regional and country specific briefing materials and data call requests covering OPDAT development assistance and training programs.
7. Facilitates and/or assists in the preparation of official correspondence for OPDAT, DOJ, and partner agencies, as well as foreign government officials dealing with development assistance and training programs and matters.
To qualify for this position, applicants must demonstrate the qualifications listed below:
· Must possess a J.D. degree and 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;
· 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;
· Must be an active member of a state bar in good standing;
· Must currently be at the GS-14 or GS-15 grade level; and
· Understanding of comparative international law and major international legal instruments or treaties in effect;
· Knowledge of US funding agency and interagency practices and priorities; and, an understanding of US foreign policy goals; and,
· Experience living, working and/or training in an overseas environment is also desirable
· Spanish language fluency preferred.
Although this vacancy announcement expires on August 8, 2015, 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 OPDAT_Admin@usdoj.gov.