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.
*While this vacancy announcement expires on July 31, 2015 the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. This assignment is for a period of 24 months, commencing in October 2015, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected through term appointment or reimbursable detail.
The Western Hemisphere (WHP) Regional Director works at OPDAT headquarters in Washington, D.C. and oversees the delivery of foreign criminal justice sector development and technical assistance programs which take place in the countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The WHP Regional Director manages OPDAT's WHP headquarters staff, WHP in-country staff and all OPDAT activities throughout WHP.
As the Western Hemisphere Regional Director, the incumbent:
· Develops and manages program work plans and budgets, and employs systems of internal control to monitor both the results and the financial soundness of programs.
· Supervises the region's staff, to include Program Managers and Program Analysts working at headquarters, as well as Resident Legal Advisors (RLAs), Intermittent Legal Advisers (ILAs) and other in-country program personnel in the Western Hemisphere region.
· Oversees program delivery and implements follow-up assistance based upon results and impacts.
· Works closely with RLAs and ILAs to develop reports detailing the program implementation.
· Coordinates with officials within the Criminal Division and the Department of Justice, inter-agency policy committees, program policy and funding officials in the Department of State and/or U.S. Agency for International Development, and with operational law enforcement agencies and host country justice sector authorities, to assure that the programs address host country needs and support Departmental and U.S. policy objectives.
Required Qualifications: All applicants must possess 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 have at least five (5) years of post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: working as a lead attorney on felony level cases or specialized criminal litigation (i.e. white collar, computer crime, racketeering); independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; leading paralegals and support staff, and/or leading the development of a policy initiative. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.
Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies:
· Ability to function effectively in an international, multi-cultural environment.
· Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
· Extensive prosecution experience.
· Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects.
· Spanish language fluency.
· Thorough understanding and practical knowledge of DOJ and other U.S. government approaches and policies involving transnational crimes (e.g., narcotics trafficking, corruption, terrorism, money laundering and asset forfeiture, wildlife trafficking, TIP, strategic trade control violations, and piracy), and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building.
· Understanding of comparative international law and major international legal instruments or treaties in effect.
· Knowledge of US funding agency and interagency practices and priorities, as well as an understanding of US foreign policy goals.
· Experience living, working and/or training in an overseas environment.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. A list of eligible candidates will be referred to the hiring managers every two weeks during the open period of the announcement. If you are interested in applying, it is recommended that you do so early.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement. While this vacancy announcement expires on July 31, 2015, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made.
Please submit your application through USAJOBS. The list of required documents can be found in the USAJobs announcement.
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