While this vacancy announcement expires on July 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 November 2022, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be through a reimbursable detail.
Please note this position is under formal U.S. State Department status of “accompanied”, which allows family members of U.S. government personnel to remain in or travel to Dhaka.
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 more effectively regionally and with the United States in combating such crime. http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/opdat.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
The Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) will work under the auspices of the United States Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, representing the Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of the OPDAT-Bangladesh Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs program. The RLA will work closely with the Government of Bangladesh to enhance the capabilities of prosecutors, investigators, and judges while offering targeted support on complex and transnational crimes, human trafficking, anti-corruption, gender-based and domestic violence, and judicial reform and training. The RLA will also work closely with OPDAT headquarters staff and U.S. interagency partners to ensure the assistance program meets the needs of Bangladesh while supporting Departmental and U.S. policy objectives.
Required: 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 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.
Applicants must have, or be able to obtain through their Component/Agency, and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
Preferred: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of Department of Justice and other United States Government approaches and policies involving transnational crimes (specifically terror finance and money laundering and asset forfeiture) and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building.
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.
Although this vacancy announcement expires July 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.ASIA@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.