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.
The Resident Legal Advisor will represent the U.S. Department of Justice through OPDAT's office in Kyiv, Ukraine, implementing foreign criminal justice sector development and technical assistance programs with an anti-corruption focus. The selected attorney will work closely with Ukrainian government officials and law enforcement, including Justice Ministry officials, prosecutors, judges, investigators, parliamentarians and others, to develop and implement a series assistance projects aimed at combating corruption, including legislative drafting, institution building and skills development training, based on international standards (particularly Ukraine's binding obligations as a state party to UN and council of Europe anti-corruption conventions) and best practices. The RLA will work closely with OPDAT headquarters staff and officials of the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and in-country U.S. and foreign authorities to ensure that such assistance meets the needs of Ukraine while supporting Departmental and U.S. policy objectives. The RLA will be responsible for assistance programs that focus on both the enforcement and prevention aspects of corruption, including standing up an independent corruption investigative agency, legislative reform, ethics/conflicts of interest, financial disclosure and anti-corruption prosecutor and investigator capacity building.
Due to COVID-19, if selected, you may be expected to telework for an undefined period under the Department’s evacuation authority, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Employees in this status may be notified of a requirement to report in person to the component workplace with an advance notice of not less than 30 days. Prior to a requirement to report to the workplace, employees may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the component’s telework policy.
Required: To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL of the requirements below: A J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under 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 at the federal or state level. GS-14: At least three (3) years of post J.D. legal experience, to included three (3) years of prosecutorial experience at the federal or state level. Significant anti corruption experience (to be reflected in the applicant's resume). Preferred: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of DOJ and other USG approaches and policies involving transnational crimes and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building. Experience living, working and/or training in an overseas environment is also desirable. The successful applicant should 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 December 15, 2014, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. The Application Package must be received by 11: 59 P.M., 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.
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.