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.
The Resident Legal Advisor(s) will represent the U.S. Department of Justice through OPDAT’s field office in Mexico City, implementing foreign criminal justice sector development and technical assistance programs as part of the Merida Initiative. The selected attorneys will work closely with local law enforcement and government officials, including prosecutors, judges, investigators, parliamentarians and others, to develop, implement, and strengthen OPDAT capacity building programs. The RLAs will also work closely with OPDAT headquarters staff and officials of the Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), operational law enforcement agencies, and in-country U.S. and foreign authorities to ensure the assistance program meets the needs of the host nation while supporting Departmental and U.S. policy objectives.
The RLA(s) will be responsible for implementation of programs that focus on criminal justice sector institutional development in the host nation, including transition and implementation of the accusatorial system, assessment of the legal system, prosecutorial capacity building, investigation and prosecution of complex transnational cases, trial advocacy skills development, money laundering and asset forfeiture, trafficking in persons, evidence collection and preservation, pretrial alternatives; and judicial capacity building.
Required: To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL of the requirements below:
- Have 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 at the federal or state level.
- 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.
- Fluency in spoken Spanish, as well as proficient in reading and writing Spanish. (Must be documented in the applicant’s resume).
Preferred: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of DOJ, U.S. foreign assistance, and U.S. policies involving transnational crimes and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building. Experience with money laundering and/or asset forfeiture and/or human trafficking is desirable. Experience living, working and/or training in an overseas environment is also desirable.
The successful applicant should also have:
- The ability to function effectively in an international, multi-cultural environment;
- Excellent interpersonal and management skills;
- The 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.
This assignment is for a period of 14 months, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. The expected date for deployment is July 2017. Appointment to this position will be effected by term or reimbursable detail appointment. More than one position may be filled from this announcement.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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