While this vacancy announcement expires on February 14, 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 February 2015, 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/.
Responsibilities and Opportunities Offered: The RLA will work under the auspices of the United States Embassy in Sarajevo. The RLA will represent the U.S. Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance activities designed to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and Bosnia and Herzegovina on criminal justice matters and to assist Bosnia's efforts regarding its compliance with regional and international anti-crime norms and obligations. This could involve analysis of and advice on appropriate criminal statues, codes, laws and regulations. More specifically, the RLA will work with justice sector officials on:
1.Legislative, procedural, and policy reform;
2.Improving the basic skills of investigators, prosecutors, and investigating magistrates and
3.Building capacity to pursue cases involving transnational crimes
In addition, the RLA will work closely with DOJ's other Resident Legal Advisor at Post and with other U.S. and host government officials, as well as members of the international legal community, to support broader justice sector capacity development efforts in partnership with its police, prosecutors, and justice sector institutions. The position will also involve coordination with other OPDAT assistance programs in the Balkan region.
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.
Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of DOJ and other USG approaches and policies involving transnational crimes, terrorism, and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building.
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 February 14, 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