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 RLA will work under the auspices of the United States Embassy and OPDAT in the implementation of the OPDAT Kyrgyzstan justice sector assistance program. During his or her tenure, the RLA will plan, organize and implement comprehensive training sessions addressing corruption, money laundering, terrorism, narcotics trafficking, trial advocacy, prosecutorial and legal ethics, as well as trafficking in persons. The purpose of the trainings will be to improve the skills of Kyrgyz law enforcers in the investigation and prosecution of offenses in the aforementioned areas. The RLA will also push for the passage of an internationally compliant criminal procedure code by working closely with government officials, legislators and international organizations. The RLA will also assist, Kyrgyz law enforcement and government officials, including prosecutors, judges, and legislators to carry out this justice sector assistance program. The RLA may also be called upon to advise the host government and embassy staff on matters relating to the administration of justice and rule of law in Kyrgyzstan.
Required: To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL of the requirements below:
1. 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.
2. Specific grade level requirements:
a. GS-15: At least four (4) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include four (4) years of prosecutorial experience at the federal or state level.
b. 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.
3. Proficiency in spoken and written French (must be documented in the applicant's resume).
Preferred: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of DOJ and other USG approaches and policies involving money laundering (and related offenses, such as terrorism financing) and forfeiting assets (proceeds of crime and assets used to facilitate crime), 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; and
· Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects.
Although this vacancy announcement expires on August 15, 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.