While this vacancy announcement expires on May 30, 2018, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. This assignment is for a period of 12 months, beginning on or about August 19, 2018, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by reimbursable detail.
The mission of the Criminal Division’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) is to develop and administer technical and 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, such as the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery, as well as other forms of conventional proliferation in a manner consistent with the rule of law. The assistance is also administered to enable those institutions and their personnel to cooperate more effectively regionally and with the United States in combating such crime. http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/opdat.
The RLA will represent the Department of Justice through OPDAT in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance to enhance and strengthen the counterterrorism efforts of the Balkans countries particularly with respect to the issue of combating foreign fighters and anti-money laundering/combating terrorist financing. This assistance will focus on developing more effective investigations and prosecutions of terrorism cases as well as enhancing counterterrorism legislation. The RLA will also encourage and facilitate efforts by Balkans countries to effectively implement and use the 15 Good Practices articulated by the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF)’s Criminal Justice Sector/Rule of Law Working Group in its Memorandum on Good Practices for Effective Counterterrorism Practice in the Criminal Justice Sector (Rabat Memorandum). During his or her tenure, the selected attorney will work closely with local law enforcement and government officials, including investigators, prosecutors, members of the judiciary, ministry officials, legislators, and others. This will involve technical assistance, mentoring and advice on the investigation and prosecution of cases. It will also involve analysis of and advice on current or pending counterterrorism legislation and other related and potentially affected criminal statutes, codes, laws, and regulations. The RLA will coordinate and interact closely with other OPDAT RLAs assigned to the various Balkan countries. In addition, the RLA will work and interface closely with U.S. Embassy staff in the different Balkan countries. This position involves extensive travel in the region and will require the RLA to engage with justice sector officials from countries in the region on combating terrorism through international cooperation.
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 including four (4) years of federal judicial or prosecutorial experience.
- 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.
Applicants 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, designing course curricula, and work with international development projects; working on cases with international dimensions; prior counterterrorism 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.
Although this vacancy announcement expires May 30, 2018, the announcement may be closed at any time if selections are made. The Application Package must be received by 11:59 pm, Eastern Standard 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.