OPDAT is seeking applications for Legal Advisor positions that OPDAT anticipates needing to fill in 2015 that are located in French-speaking African countries. These include positions in the following locations: Algiers, Algeria and Niamey, Niger. Although this vacancy announcement expires on March 17, 2015, the announcement may be closed at any time if selections are made. Appointments to these positions will be effected by detail appointments.
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.
The Legal Advisors will work under the auspices of U.S. Embassy in the host country. Each Legal Advisor 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 U.S. and the country of assignment on criminal matters and to assist the partner nations' efforts to implement international best practices, especially relating to combating terrorism and transnational crime. More specifically, the Legal Advisors will work with justice sector officials on: 1) legislative, procedural, and policy reform; 2) improving the basic skills of investigators, prosecutors, and judges; and 3) improving the justice sectors' capacities to pursue and adjudicate cases involving terrorism, terrorism financing and transnational crimes. The program may include regional responsibility for providing technical support and training for other African countries.
This vacancy includes two different positions. These positions are:
• Resident Legal Advisor - Algiers, Algeria
• Resident Legal Advisor - Niamey, Niger
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.
3. Proficiency in spoken and written French (must be documented 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 with money laundering and/or asset forfeiture is desirable. Experience living, working and/or training in an overseas environment is also desirable.
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
Positions and Locations: This vacancy includes two different positions. These positions are:
• Resident Legal Advisor - Algiers, Algeria
• Resident Legal Advisor – Niamey, Niger
Although this vacancy announcement expires on March 17, 2015, the announcement may be closed at any time if selections are 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.