While this vacancy announcement expires on September 29, 2022, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. This assignment is for a period of 24 months, beginning on or about December 1, 2022, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be affected by reimbursable detail appointment. More than one position 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 institutions and their law enforcement personnel. This assistance is administered in order to enable those institutions and their personnel to combat terrorism, transnational organized crime, corruption, financial crimes, 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 regionally more effectively and with the United States in combating such crime. http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/opdat
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The Counterterrorism (CT) Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) is a regional position assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and will represent the Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of counterterrorism technical assistance activities funded by the Department of State’s Counterterrorism Bureau to raise capacity to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate cases involving terrorism throughout the Balkans, particularly addressing the issue of returning foreign terrorist fighters. The RLA will also encourage and facilitate efforts by the Balkan countries to effectively implement and use the 15 Good Practices articulated by the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF)’s Criminal Justice Sector/Rule of Law Working Group in its Memorandum on Good Practices for Effective Counterterrorism Practice in the Criminal Justice Sector (Rabat Memorandum). It will also involve analysis of and advice on current or pending counterterrorism legislation and other related and potentially affected criminal statutes, codes, laws, and regulations. The RLA will coordinate and interact closely with other OPDAT RLAs assigned to the various Balkan countries, including being part of the Regional CT Cell based in Sarajevo including FBI, ICITAP, and HSI, and another OPDAT CT Regional RLA based in Tirana, Albania. In addition, the RLA will work and interface closely with U.S. Embassy staff in the different Balkan countries. This position involves extensive travel in the region and will require the RLA to engage with justice sector officials from countries in the region on combating terrorism through international cooperation.
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, 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 and designing course curricula; working with international development projects; working on cases with international dimensions; prior counterterrorism work; training of trainers; 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
While this vacancy announcement expires on September 29, 2022, 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 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.