Resident Legal Advisor, Gulf Region

Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training
Attorney
Kuwait City
Kuwait
19-CRM-DET-016
About the Office: 

While this vacancy announcement expires on March 27, 2019, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. This assignment is for a period of 12 months, commencing in the summer of 2019, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by reimbursable detail appointment.

The mission of the Criminal Division's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training (OPDAT) is to develop and administer technical 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 crimes, such as the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery, as well as other forms of conventional proliferation in a manner consistent with the rule of law. This 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 Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) will be stationed in the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait. He or she 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 the countries of the Gulf Region, principally Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. In coordination with the OPDAT RLA in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the RLA will also provide assistance to Bahrain, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, and Yemen on criminal justice matters and assist efforts in those countries to achieve compliance with international anti-crime norms and obligations, particularly in the areas of counterterrorism financing, financial crimes, and money laundering. The RLA will work with appropriate government officials in partner countries to plan and implement effective money laundering and financial crimes regimes. This could involve analysis of and advice on anti-terrorism legislation, money laundering laws, asset forfeiture proposals and other related criminal statutes, codes, laws, and regulations. The RLA would also be expected to provide technical assistance in areas that could include freezing/seizing assets, financial fraud, public corruption, organized crime, cybercrime, and extradition. This position involves periodic travel in the region and will require the RLA to engage with justice sector officials from countries in the region on combating terrorism and financial crimes through international cooperation.

Qualifications: 

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

  1. Possess a J.D. degree; be duly licensed and authorized to practice law as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory, 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, 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: Experience in the following areas is desired but not required: working in an Embassy and/or overseas environment; teaching, designing course curricula, and work with international development projects; experience with money laundering and/or asset forfeiture; familiarity with criminal justice systems in the Gulf Countries; and familiarity with basic Arabic and/or cultural knowledge of countries in the Gulf.

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; and
  • Extensive prosecution experience.
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: 
Extensive travel to/from Kuwait, and within the Gulf region, will be required.
Application Process: 

Although this vacancy announcement expires on March 27, 2019, the announcement may be closed at any time if selections are made. The Application Package must be received by 11:59 pm, Eastern Standard Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

All interested attorneys meeting these qualifications should submit a cover letter and resume to opdatdetails.cee@usdoj.gov.  

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are authorized. This is an accompanied position.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated March 20, 2019

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