While this vacancy announcement expires on April 22, 2019, 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 September 2019, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by detail appointment.
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.
The Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) will be based in Malta at the International Institute of Justice and Rule of Law (IIJ). The RLA will represent the U.S. Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance activities designed to support the continued development of the IIJ dedicated to strengthening criminal justice and other rule of law institutions. The Institute aims to provide justice sector actors, including parliamentarians, judges, prosecutors, law enforcement representatives, police, prison officials, defenders and civil society representatives, with rule of law-based training on the development and use of policies, good practices, and procedures so countries are more capable of safeguarding the security of their citizens from transnational threats, such as terrorism. The RLA will work with other U.S. government experts and international partners to provide technical assistance to Malta for the operational and administrative development of the Institute, and will develop and implement appropriate practitioner-focused curriculum designed to enhance students’ abilities to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate complex criminal cases including terrorism, as well as cases involving transnational crimes, within a rule of law framework. 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 crime through international cooperation.
Required: To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL of the requirements below:
- 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.
- 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: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of Department of Justice and other United States Government approaches and policies.
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 April 22, 2019, 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.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.