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/.
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.
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 OPDAT_Admin@usdoj.gov.