• Resident Legal Advisor, Argentina

    U.S. Courts
    Job Description
    About the Office: 
    Although this vacancy announcement expires on October 14, 2020 the announcement may be closed at any time if selections are made. This assignment is for a period of 14 months, beginning on or about March 2021, 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 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 Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) 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 Argentina and the Tri-Border Area (Brazil and Paraguay) on criminal justice matters and to assist these countries’ 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 RLA will work with appropriate government officials in Argentina and the Tri-Border area to plan and implement an effective framework to combat money laundering and financial crimes. This could involve analysis of and advice on legislation, money laundering laws, asset forfeiture proposals and other related criminal statutes, codes, laws, and regulations. The RLA would also be expected to provide technical assistance in areas that could include freezing/seizing assets, financial fraud, public corruption, organized crime, and extradition. This position involves periodic travel in the region and will require the RLA to 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 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:
      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.
    3. The applicant must be a fluent Spanish speaker, as well as proficient in reading and writing Spanish.

    Applicants must have, or 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 developing and litigating federal criminal cases involving international extradition and mutual legal assistance; and
    • Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects.
    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.
    Travel to/from Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil and within these countries, will be required.
    Application Process: 

    Although this vacancy announcement expires July 8, 2020, 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 opdatdetails.whp@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.

    Application Deadline: 
    Wednesday October 14, 2020
    Relocation Expenses: 
    Relocation expenses are authorized. This is an accompanied position.
    Number of Positions: 
    Updated September 15, 2020

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