While this vacancy announcement expires on July 15, 2021, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. This assignment is for a period of 14 months, commencing in Fall 2021, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be through a reimbursable detail.
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, transnational organized crime, corruption, financial crimes, and other types of crime 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. https://www.justice.gov/criminal-opdat.
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The Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) 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 Qatar. In coordination with the OPDAT RLA in Kuwait, the RLA will provide targeted assistance and case-based mentoring to Qatar, as well as other countries in the Gulf region, on criminal justice matters and assist efforts in those countries to achieve compliance with international anti-crime norms and obligations, particularly in counterterrorism, counter-terrorist 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, advice on, and case-based mentoring relating to 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 includes an “embed” with the Qatari Public Prosecution Office and provides the opportunity to fully integrate within that office. This position involves periodic travel in the region and may require the RLA to engage with appropriate justice sector officials in the region on combating terrorism and financial crimes 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: 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 Qatar and 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.
Although this vacancy announcement expires on July 15, 2021, 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 and resume to OPDATDetails.Gulf@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.