Resident Legal Advisor - Colombia

Attorney
Bogota
Colombia
17-CRM-DET-041
About the Office: 

Although this vacancy announcement expires on August 28, 2017, the announcement may be closed at any time if selections are made. This assignment is for a term of 14 months, beginning in or about September 2017, with the possibility of an extension, contingent on funding. Appointment to this position will be effected through a reimbursable detail appointment.

The mission of the Criminal Division's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) is to establish and administer technical and developmental assistance designed to enhance the capabilities of foreign justice sector institutions and their judicial, prosecutorial and law enforcement personnel. This assistance is administered 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.

Job Description: 

The RLA will be assigned to the U.S. Embassy Bogota representing the Department through its Justice Sector Reform Program, a major U.S. law enforcement program to assist the Government of Colombia strengthen its criminal justice system. The RLA will focus on trial advocacy, the transition toward a more accusatory system, improving the implementation of the most recent criminal procedure code, advancing the transitional justice process, training and development of prosecutors, development and implementation of effective criminal case litigation standards and practices, and case based mentoring for transnational crimes such as organized crime, drug trafficking, corruption, human trafficking and human rights cases. . The RLA will work closely with Colombia government officials, particularly Colombian prosecutors and judges to design and implement technical assistance and development projects. These projects include technical advice to the Colombian Prosecutor General’s Office and judiciary on the development of and implementation of standards based on best practices. The RLA will manage assistance projects, including developing curricula, selecting experts, evaluating results, and reporting. When appropriate, the RLA will personally provide assistance in these areas. The RLA will interact with other U.S. law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, DEA, Customs, ATF, Secret Service, IRS and U.S. Marshals Service. The assistance and development projects managed by the RLA are closely coordinated with those of ICITAP, the police assistance entity of the Criminal Division and the USMS program at Post. The RLA may also have financial and management responsibilities in addition to programmatic responsibilities.

Qualifications: 

 

Required: To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL of the requirements below:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The applicant must be a fluent Spanish speaker, as well as proficient in reading and writing Spanish.

 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; working on cases with international dimensions; extensive trial experience specifically in the areas listed above; and familiarity with criminal justice systems in the Western Hemisphere. Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of DOJ and other USG approaches and policies involving transnational crimes 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;
  • Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects;
  • Experience in developing and litigating federal criminal cases involving international extradition and mutual legal assistance; and
  • Experience with judicial standards and judicial training.

 

Salary: 
Under a detail assignment, there is no change to the selectee’s base pay. If applicable, the selectee will also receive appropriate post and overseas salary differentials.
Travel: 
Travel to/from Colombia and within the country will be required.
Application Process: 

Although this vacancy announcement expires on August 28, 2017, the announcement may be closed at any time if selections are 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.whp@usdoj.gov.

Internet Sites:

For information about the Criminal Division, see: www.usdoj.gov/criminal/index.html

For other attorney vacancy announcements, see: www.usdoj.gov/oarm/attvacancies.html

Application Deadline: 
Monday, August 28, 2017
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are authorized. This is an accompanied position.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated July 31, 2017

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Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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