Resident Legal Advisor

Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training
Attorney
Accra
Ghana
16-CRM-DET-055
About the Office: 

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.

Job Description: 

The Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) will work under the auspices of the United States Embassy in Accra, Ghana, representing the Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of the OPDAT-Ghana justice sector assistance program. The RLA will help judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and others design and implement programs that will enhance the rule of law in Ghana and, in particular, provide technical assistance that will enhance the capacity of Ghana’s criminal justice process to operate more efficiently and fairly.

Qualifications: 

Required Qualifications:  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:
    1. 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.
    2. 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

Preferred qualifications: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of DOJ and other USG approaches and policies involving the handling of criminal cases and justice sector development issues, including 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

Salary: 
Under a detail assignment, there is no change to the selectee’s base pay. If applicable, the selectee will also receive appropriate post and overseas salary differentials.
Travel: 
Extensive travel to/from Ghana and within the country will be required.
Application Process: 

While this vacancy announcement expires on December 13, 2016 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 March, 2016, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by detail appointment.

 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

 

Internet Sites: 

 

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For other attorney vacancy announcements, see: http://dojnet.doj.gov/oarm/attvacancies.php

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are authorized
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated November 30, 2016

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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