While this vacancy announcement expires March 25, 2022, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. This assignment is for a period of 14 months, beginning on or about summer 2022, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be affected by reimbursable detail. More than one position may be filled from this announcement.
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 to enable those institutions and their personnel to combat terrorism, transnational organized crime, corruption, financial crimes, and other types of crime more effectively in a manner consistent with the rule of law. The assistance is also administered to enable those institutions and their personnel to cooperate regionally more effectively and with the United States in combating such crime. http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/opdat
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This Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) position will be funded by the Department of State’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Bureau (INL). The RLA will represent the Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of a criminal justice sector program for the government of Albania. The primary objectives of the INL RLA program are to strengthen the investigative, prosecutorial, and judicial institutions within Albania to achieve the effective, efficient, and fair administration of justice. The RLA will develop capacity building programs and mentor justice sector personnel with a focus on combatting corruption and transnational organized crime. The RLA will also work closely with the Albanian Special Prosecution Office, and the Albanian School of Magistrates in addition to other government institutions, such as the Ministries of Justice, Interior, Finance, and independent agencies. The RLA will be expected to provide analysis of and advice on legislation including the criminal code, criminal procedure code, and other laws and regulations, with the goal of strengthening compliance with international standards and norms. The positions will also involve coordination with other OPDAT assistance programs in the region.
The below provision may not reflect circumstances regarding an overseas posting. If this announcement is for an overseas posting and you have questions, please contact the HR office listed in this announcement for further clarification.
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 in Article III courts or comparable state level courts.
- GS-14: At least three (3) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include three (3) years of prosecutorial experience in Article III courts or comparable state level courts.
Applicant must have, or be able to obtain through their Component/Agency, and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
Preferred: Experience in the following areas is desired but not required: working in an Embassy and/or overseas environment; teaching and designing course curricula; training of trainers; working with task forces; international development projects; working on cases with international dimensions; prior anti-corruption work; and familiarity with criminal justice systems in Eastern Europe.
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; and
- Extensive prosecution experience.
While this vacancy announcement expires on March 25, 2022, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is 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 OPDATDetails.CEE@USDOJ.GOV.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.