• Intermittent Legal Advisor. Brazil

    U.S. Courts
    Job Description
    About the Office: 

    Extended until October  9, 2020.  This assignment is for a period of nine (9) months, beginning on or about September 2020, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding.  Appointment to this position will be effected by detail appointment.

    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, transnational 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.

    Job Description: 

    The Intermittent Legal Advisor (ILA), will represent the Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance activities designed to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and Brazil on criminal justice matters and to assist this country’s efforts regarding its compliance with international anti-crime norms and obligations, particularly in the areas of counterterrorism financing, financial crimes, money laundering and asset recovery.  The ILA will work with appropriate government officials in Brazil to plan and implement an effective framework to combat money laundering and financial crimes.  This may involve analysis of and advice on legislation, money laundering laws, asset forfeiture proposals and other related criminal statutes, codes, laws, and regulations.  The ILA may also be expected to provide technical assistance in areas that can include freezing/seizing assets, financial fraud, public corruption, organized crime, and extradition.  This position involves periodic travel in the region and will require the ILA to coordinate with the Tri-Border Area and Paraguay Resident Legal Advisors as well as engage with justice sector officials from countries in the region on combating terrorism and financial crime through international cooperation.


    Required: To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL 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:
      1. 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.
      2. 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.

    Applicants must have, be able to obtain through their Component/Agency, and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

    Preferred: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of Department of Justice and other United States Government approaches and policies involving transnational crimes (e.g., but not limited to terrorism and/or terrorist financing, money laundering and asset forfeiture, narcotics trafficking, corruption, and intellectual property crimes), and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building.  Experience in prosecuting terrorism and terrorist financing matters is highly desirable but not required.  Portuguese language fluency is desired.     

    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;
    • Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects; and
    • Experience in developing and litigating federal criminal cases involving international extradition and mutual legal assistance.
    Under a detail assignment, there is no change to the selectee’s base pay. If applicable, the selectee will also receive appropriate post and overseas salary differentials.
    Extensive travel to/from Brazil and within the country will be required.
    Application Process: 

    While this vacancy announcement expires on July 9, 2020, 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.whp@usdoj.gov

    TCS Relocation/TDY Expenses:

    This position is eligible for either a temporary change of station (TCS) relocation or EX-TDY. Upon selection, a cost comparison will be conducted to evaluate which option will be offered. This is an accompanied position.

    If a candidate is offered EX-TDY, transportation, lodging and M&IE will be provided in accordance withgovernment regulations, DOJ policy and the governing Memorandum of Understanding between the Intermittent Legal Advisor and Criminal Division.

    If a candidate is offered TCS relocation, relocation expenses will be provided in accordance with government regulations, DOJ policy and the governing Memorandum of Understanding between the Intermittent Legal Advisor and Criminal Division.

    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.

    Application Deadline: 
    Friday October 9, 2020
    Number of Positions: 
    Updated September 9, 2020

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