While this vacancy announcement expires on July 5, 2023, the announcement may be closed at any time if selections are made. These assignments are for a period of 14 months, beginning in or about August 2023, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointments to these positions will be through a reimbursable detail. Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
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 and law enforcement institutions and their personnel. This assistance is administered to enable those institutions and their personnel to combat terrorism, transnational organized crime, corruption, financial crime, and other types of crime more effectively in a manner consistent with the rule of law. The assistance is also administered to enable those institutions and their personnel to cooperate more effectively regionally and with the United States in combating such crime. http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/opdat.
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The Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) represents the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) and OPDAT in the implementation of criminal justice sector development programs for the Government of North Macedonia. The primary objectives of these programs are to strengthen the investigative, prosecutorial, and judicial institutions within North Macedonia in the effective, efficient, and fair administration of justice. The RLA programs assist efforts of international counterparts to combat complex criminal cases, including corruption, transnational organized crime, and financial crimes, among others, by establishing strong legal and policy frameworks, strengthening the security and justice sectors, and building accountable institutions that respect human rights and the rule of law. This position will be particularly focused on developing the capacity of the countries’ anti-corruption institutions and personnel to conduct high-level public corruption cases, performing gap analysis of the relevant laws pertaining to public corruption, and developing recommendations for legislative and regulatory reforms. The RLA will work with U.S. Embassy sections, USDOJ experts, interagency partners, other international donors in the countries, and foreign counterparts from a range of justice sector entities to accomplish the goals of these programs.
Required: To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL of the requirements below:
- Have 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.
- Specific grade level requirements:
- GS-15: At least four (4) years of post J.D. legal experience including four (4) years of federal judicial or prosecutorial experience.
- 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.
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; working on cases with international dimensions; prior anti-corruption work; and familiarity with criminal justice systems in Eastern Europe.
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
Although this vacancy announcement expires on July 5, 2023, the announcement may be closed at any time if selections are 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 OPDATDetails.CEE@USDOJ.GOV.
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.