Job Opening - Attorney


About the Office: 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.

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT), Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, seeks a current Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney or Assistant United States Attorney to serve as a Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) in Manila, Philippines.

The RLA will represent the Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance activities in order to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and the Philippines on criminal justice matters. During his or her tenure, the RLA will provide assistance on a variety of criminal justice projects including:

1. Assisting in legislative reforms and rule revisions to improve operation of the criminal justice system and increase investigative capacity;
2. Strengthening police-prosecutor cooperation;
3. Strengthening prosecutorial training and skills development; and
4. Supporting the best practices contained in the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum Rabat Memorandum.

During his or her tenure, the selected attorney will work closely with local law enforcement and government officials, including prosecutors, judges, legislators, and others to develop and carry out the justice sector assistance program.


Required Qualifications: Applicants must be a current Department of Justice (DOJ) Attorney or Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA). Applicants must also 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 four (4) years post J.D. legal experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction).

Grade Specific Qualifications:
• To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have four (4) or more 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), cross examining witnesses, and leading the work of support attorneys and paralegals.

Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies. You are required to respond to each competency in the occupational questionnaire portion of this announcement. Failure to respond to these questions may result in your being deemed not highly qualified for the position.

Submission Process: All Application Packages must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

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