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 RLA will represent the U.S. Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of OPDAT justice sector technical assistance activities in order to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Kenya on criminal justice matters and to raise Kenya’s level of compliance with international anti-crime norms and obligations, particularly in matters involving terrorism, financial crimes and money laundering. During his or her tenure, the selected attorney will work closely with local law enforcement and government officials, including prosecutors, judges, parliamentarians, and others to develop, implement and strengthen an effective money laundering and counterterrorism regime. This could involve analysis of and advice on pending counterterrorism legislation, money laundering laws, asset forfeiture proposals and other related and potentially affected criminal statutes, codes, laws, and regulations. The RLA would also be expected to assist in developing legal and judicial assistance in areas that might include freezing/seizing assets, financial fraud, public corruption, organized crime, and extradition. The RLA may also be called upon to support regional training efforts. Regional travel may be required.
Required: We are seeking a current Department of Justice attorney. 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 at the federal or state level.
- GS-14: At least four (3) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include three (3) years of prosecutorial experience at the federal or state level.
Preferred: Preferred applicants have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of DOJ and other USG approaches and policies involving major criminal cases (for example, terrorism cases or transnational crime cases) 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 February 10, 2017, 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 in or about July, 2017, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by reimbursable 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