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.
While this vacancy announcement expires on May 15, 2015, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. This assignment is for a period of 14 months, beginning in or about August 1, 2015, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by detail appointment.
This is a reimbursable detail. The Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) will represent the Department of Justice and OPDAT at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in efforts to enhance Malaysia's legislative and law enforcement capacity to combat complex transnational crimes, including those involving terrorism, money laundering and asset forfeiture, narcotics trafficking, corruption, wildlife trafficking, trafficking in persons (TIP), piracy, cyber-crime, and counter-proliferation. The RLA will be responsible for, among other things: mentor-based training; institutional development in establishing a core cadre of police and prosecutors who, in turn, can train contemporaries; providing technical assistance on legislative initiatives; developing the capacity of the partner nation to receive, evaluate, and respond to requests for legal assistance; and for providing or facilitating hands-on training programs for law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges in the partner nation or regionally. Additionally, the RLA will be responsible for preparing and submitting periodic reports regarding progress and issues encountered.
Required: 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.
Preferred: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of DOJ and other USG approaches and policies involving transnational crimes (to include terrorism, money laundering and asset forfeiture, narcotics trafficking, corruption, wildlife trafficking, TIP, strategic trade control violations, and piracy), and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building. Experience in prosecuting counterterrorism and counter-proliferation matters is also highly 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 May 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.