While this vacancy announcement expires on July 1, 2020, 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 on or about August 1, 2020, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by detail appointment.
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. http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/opdat
The Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) will represent the U.S. Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance activities designed to strengthen relationships between the United States and Cameroon on criminal justice matters, and to provide assistance in improving its abilities to combat transnational crimes, including terrorism and financial crimes. The RLA will help promote efficient case management, evidence-based prosecutions and adjudications, and the professional and human management of prisons. The RLA will assist justice sector personnel to improve their ability to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate criminal cases and execute sentences in a fair and efficient manner. This could involve analysis of and advice on anti-terrorism legislation, money laundering law, asset forfeiture proposals and other related criminal statues, codes, law, and regulations. The RLA would also be expected to develop and implement a series of programs, practical trainings, and workshops that focus on encouraging coordination among law enforcement, and that promote a common understanding among the various criminal justice actors regarding evidence, the rights of the accused, criminal procedure, and the burden of proof in criminal cases. This position involves periodic travel in the region and will require the RLA to engage with justice sector officials on combatting terrorism and financial crimes through international cooperation.
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.
Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of Department of Justice and other U.S. Government approaches and policies involving corruption (and related offenses), 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;
- Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects; and
- Proficiency in oral and written French is highly desired.
While this vacancy announcement expires on July 1, 2020, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.