While this vacancy announcement expires December 13, 2021, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. This assignment is for a period of 14 months, beginning on or about April 2022, 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 to enable those institutions and their personnel to combat terrorism, transnational organized crime, corruption, financial crimes, and other types of crimes more effectively 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
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The Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) will be assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb and work in close partnership with and at the Croatia Ministry of Justice. The RLA will represent the Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of technical assistance activities funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs to raise capacity to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate cases involving corruption and organized crime throughout the Western Balkans, including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia. This is a regional program.
Assistance will focus on, but is not limited to, procurement fraud, corruption, money laundering, organized crime, FinTech, gender-based violence, and trafficking. This will involve technical assistance, mentoring, and advice on the investigation, prosecution, and adjudication of cases. It will also involve analysis of, and advice on, current or pending legislation. The RLA will coordinate and interact closely with other OPDAT RLAs assigned to the various Balkan countries. In addition, the RLA will work and interface closely with U.S. Embassy staff in the different Balkan countries.
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.
Applicant 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, work with international development projects, working on cases with international dimensions, prior corruption and organized crime experience, and familiarity with criminal justice systems in the Western Balkans and 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 December 13, 2021, 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.