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Resident Legal Advisor - Tbilisi, Georgia

Hiring Organization
Criminal Division (CRM)
Hiring Office
Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training
Job ID
Tbilisi - Georgia
Application Deadline:
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 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.

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.

Job Description

This a reimbursable detail. While this vacancy announcement expires on March 15, 2015, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. This assignment is for a period of 12 months, beginning in spring 2015, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by detail appointment.

The Resident Legal Advisor will represent the U.S. Department of Justice through OPDAT's office in Tbilisi, Georgia, implementing foreign criminal justice sector development and technical assistance programs. The selected attorney will work closely with Georgian government officials and law enforcement, including Justice Ministry officials, prosecutors, judges, investigators, parliamentarians and others, to develop and implement a series assistance projects aimed at modernizing Georgia's criminal justice system, including legislative drafting, institution building and skills development training, based on international standards and best practices. The RLA will also work closely with OPDAT headquarters staff and officials of the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and in-country U.S. and foreign authorities to ensure that such assistance meets the needs of Georgia while supporting Departmental and U.S. policy objectives.

The RLA will be responsible for assistance programs that focus on a wide range of justice sector development issues involving prosecutors, judges, law enforcement agents, and legislators. Work with prosecutors is centered on increasing their capacity, particularly marshaling evidence and presenting persuasive cases to the court in bench and jury trials, as well as improving their cooperation with investigators. Prosecution assistance programs also focus on the organization and operation of a prosecutor's office, namely office and supervisory structure, exercise of prosecutorial discretion, ethics, and internal oversight and accountability. Assistance to the judiciary focuses on increasing judicial independence through improving substantiation of judgments in criminal cases, opinion writing, ethical standards and criminal law training curricula as well increasing judges' knowledge on discrete areas of criminal law. While not directly responsible for training law enforcement agents, RLA regularly partners with State Department police advisors to coordinate trainings, foster relationships between prosecutors and investigators, and assist in teaching legal principles. Finally, RLA is regularly called to evaluate legislation in order to identify and help correct deficiencies in the laws of the country - including the Criminal Code, Criminal Procedure Code and Administrative Code.



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

1. 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:

a. GS-15: At least four (4) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include four (4) years of prosecutorial experience at the federal or state level.
b. 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. Significant trial experience, participation in task force or other interagency work, and broad experience handling a variety of complex and/or transnational crimes (to be reflected in the applicant's resume).


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. Experience as a manager is highly desirable. Experience in drafting legislation and living, working and/or training in an overseas environment is also desirable.

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; and
Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects.

Application Process

While this vacancy announcement expires on March 15, 2015, 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


This a reimbursable detail. Under a detail assignment, there is no change to the selectee's base pay. If applicable, the selectee will receive appropriate post and overseas salary differentials.

Number of Positions
Attorney: 1
Travel to/from Georgia and within the country will be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are authorized.

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.   

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

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, 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated April 7, 2016