• Resident Legal Advisor, Mexico

    U.S. Courts
    Job Description
    About the Office: 

    This assignment is for a period of 14 months, beginning on or about January 2021, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding.  Appointment to this position will be effected by reimbursable detail appointment.  More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

    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(s) will represent the U.S. Department of Justice through OPDAT’s field office in Mexico City, implementing foreign criminal justice sector development and technical assistance programs to combat trafficking in persons, corruption, organized crime, money laundering, and other transnational crimes, consistent with international standards.  The selected attorneys will work closely with local law enforcement and government officials, including prosecutors, judges, investigators, parliamentarians and others, to develop, implement, and strengthen OPDAT capacity building programs.  The RLAs will also work closely with OPDAT headquarters staff and officials of the Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), operational law enforcement agencies, and in-country U.S. and foreign authorities to ensure the assistance program meets the needs of the host nation while supporting Departmental and U.S. policy objectives.

    The RLA(s) will be responsible for implementation of programs that focus on criminal justice sector institutional development in the host nation, including transition and implementation of the accusatorial system, assessment of the legal system, prosecutorial capacity building, investigation and prosecution of complex transnational cases, trial advocacy skills development, money laundering and asset forfeiture, trafficking in persons, evidence collection and preservation, pretrial alternatives; and judicial capacity building.


    Required: We are seeking a current Department of Justice attorney.  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 and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building.  Experience living, working, and/or training in an overseas environment is desirable.  Experience with corruption-related investigations and prosecutions is highly desirable.

    The successful applicant should also have:

    • Ability to function effectively in an international, multi-cultural environment;
    • Excellent interpersonal and management skills;
    • The 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 and within the host nation will be required.
    Application Process: 

    Although this vacancy announcement closes August 13, 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.
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