Attorney Advisor (General)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Nov 24, 2021
Closes
Dec 02, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

  • Responding to inquiries and assignments from members of the Office of the General Counsel (GC) and providing legal guidance and support to 20+ Resident Legal Officers in the field overseas
  • Interpreting and providing legal guidance concerning the following: the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (FAA), as amended; annual appropriations acts; other applicable legislation
  • Endeavoring to protect U.S. Government interests and resolve legal issues while assisting the Bureaus and Missions in the field to design and implement foreign assistance activities;
  • Assisting the ELM Bureaus in developing and negotiating public-private partnerships and arrangements and bilateral or trilateral agreements with other development partners;
  • Responding to Congressional, Government Accountability Office, Inspector General, and public inquiries regarding USAID programming and policy in the ELM regions;
  • Collaborating with representatives from other U.S. departments/agencies and bilateral and multilateral organizations.
  • Providing legal advice and guidance to the Bureaus for Europe Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East (ELM);


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • United States Citizenship is required.
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below).
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • You will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before onboarding with the agency, if after November 22.
  • You must be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States.
  • 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.
  • A J.D. or LL.M. degree from an ABA-accredited law school


Qualifications

GS-14: At least four (4) years of post J.D. or LL.M. legal experience, to include experience: (a) providing legal advice, guidance, and support to negotiate and draft binding and non-binding agreements, including memoranda of understanding, gift agreements, bilateral agreements, and/or interagency agreements; (b) providing legal advice and guidance on the interpretation and implementation of treaties, laws, regulations, and policies; (c) providing legal advice and guidance with respect to enterprise risk management, sanctions and other compliance requirements; and (d) other legal experience relevant to the job duties above.

GS-15: At least five (5) years of post J.D. or LL.M. legal experience, to include experience: (a) providing legal advice, guidance, and support to negotiate and draft binding and non-binding agreements, including memoranda of understanding, gift agreements, bilateral agreements, and/or interagency agreements; (b) providing legal advice and guidance on the interpretation and implementation of treaties, laws, regulations, and policies; (c) providing legal advice and guidance with respect to enterprise risk management, sanctions and other compliance requirements; and (d) other legal experience relevant to the job duties above

Experience refers to 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, relevant to the duties of the position to be filled, including volunteer experience.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates will be referred to the selecting official if they are found well qualified. Well-qualified means an eligible employee who possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum requirements of the position. A well-qualified employee must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements of the position, including any medical qualifications, suitability, and minimum education and experience requirements, meet all selective factors (where applicable); meet quality ranking factors and are assigned to the Silver Category or higher Category; be physically qualified with reasonable accommodation to perform the essential duties of the position; meet any special qualifying U.S. OPM-approved conditions; AND be able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry without additional training.

A well-qualified candidate will not necessarily meet the definition of highly or best qualified when evaluated against other candidates who apply for a particular position. In the absence of selective and quality ranking factors, selecting officials will document the job-related reason(s) for qualification determinations.

Education

You must be a graduate of an accredited law school. Transcripts to support your education are required for the Agency to consider you for this position. Transcripts are Required.

Additional information

USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in the District of Columbia, we operate in more than 100 countries worldwide, playing an active and critical role in the promotion of U.S. foreign policy interests. When crisis strikes, when rights are repressed, when hunger, disease, and poverty rob people of opportunity, USAID acts on behalf of the American people to help expand the reach of prosperity and dignity to the world's most vulnerable people. USAID employees and contractors must commit to maintaining a workplace free of sexual misconduct, including harassment, exploitation, and abuse, and adhere to USAID's Counter-Trafficking in Persons Code of Conduct. For information on the effort to counter all forms of human trafficking, including the procurement of commercial sex acts and the use of forced labor, visit http://www.state.gov/g/tip. For more information about USAID, visit http://www.usaid.gov.

There are limited circumstances in which an exception to the federal workforce vaccination requirement may be obtained. If you are not able to get vaccinated due to a medical condition, you should contact ReasonableAccommodations@usaid.gov to request an exception from this requirement. If you are not able to get vaccinated because you have a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance, you should contact OCRD's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Division at OCRD-Diversity-Inclusion@usaid.gov to request a religious exception.

Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 30 days. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

These are Testing Designated Positions (TDP's) 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.

Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.

Moving and relocation expenses are not authorized.

M ythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies: https://hru.gov/Studio_Recruitment/tools/Mythbuster_on_Federal_Hiring_Policies.pdf .

EEO Policy: EEO Policy Statement .

Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement .

Veterans' Information: Veterans Information .

Telework: https://www.telework.gov/ .

Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/ .

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