Foreign Service Attorney

Washington D.C.
May 07, 2019
May 07, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - Frequent travel may be required and overseas travel is required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Specialized Experience and Education (See Qualifications)
  • Background Security Investigation
  • Random Drug Tests for Illegal Drug Use
  • Medical Clearance
  • Agreement to Worldwide Availability
  • See below.

    • You must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (or foreign equivalent).
    • You must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
    • You must have a minimum of four years of post-law school experience practicing law (the position must have required a legal degree and involved providing legal services to clients; serving as a judicial clerk counts toward qualifying experience).
    • You must demonstrate an ability to communicate with and work well with a diverse range of clients and colleagues (including those from different cultures), spot legal issues, solve problems, and operate with minimal supervision.
    • You must demonstrate an ability to write and otherwise communicate professionally, clearly, and persuasively.


    USAID is committed to an inclusive and diverse work environment. Attorneys from a variety of legal backgrounds, including other government agencies (including military judge advocates), non-governmental organizations, law firms, corporations and public international organizations, are encouraged to apply.

    Graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (or foreign equivalent).

    Transcripts from any and all foreign educational institutions must be accompanied by an official Evaluation of Educational Credentials in order to be considered for the position.

    If you are qualifying based on foreign education you must submit proof of credibility of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency.  Failure to do so will result in the application rated as incomplete and being eliminated from consideration.  If we are unable to determine that you meet the required education you will be found ineligible for further consideration.  More information may be found at:

    These are Testing Designated Positions (TDPs) under the Agency's approved Drug-Free Work Place Program. All applicants selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin working for the Agency. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors. This Agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be case-by-case. Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment background investigation and medical clearance. Eligible applicants will be asked to submit forms required for a security clearance and suitability determination for appointment to the position. The clearance process considers such factors as: registration for the Selective Service; failure to repay a United States Government-guaranteed student loan; past problems with credit or bankruptcy; failure to meet tax obligations; unsatisfactory employment records; violations of the law; drug or alcohol abuse; a criminal record; extensive travel; education; residence and/or employment overseas; dual citizenship; foreign contacts; immediate family or relatives who are not citizens of the United States and/or a foreign born spouse; or less than honorable discharge from the armed forces. Investigations, which usually take several months, include current and previous contacts, supervisors, and coworkers. These investigations are conducted by USAID in cooperation with other federal, state, and local agencies. SELECTIVE SERVICE. As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law. DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    Foreign Service attorneys engage in a wide variety of activities in each assignment and across their careers with USAID.  These activities are similar in nature to work performed in other contexts where applicants may have experience, including:

    •         Negotiating agreements with or engaging in legal problem solving with governments, particularly developing country governments;
    •         Developing public-private partnerships;
    •         Legal analysis/advisory services in investment and credit transactions;
    •         Litigation in the federal government context, including bid protests;
    •         Legal analysis/advisory services in U.S. federal appropriations law, and/or government contracts or grants; and/or prior experience requiring responsibility for a wide range of legal and policy issues,
    •         Working collaboratively as a member of a non-legal team to achieve an organizational goal, similar to a general counsel or in-house counsel role.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be evaluated initially based upon your resume and cover letter, which will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications for this position. Candidates invited for an interview will be evaluated based on the responses they provide during one or more interviews.

    USAID considers both paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.  

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    Read more Security clearance Top Secret

    Drug test required No

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