Attorney Advisor

Washington, D.C
Dec 08, 2021
Dec 15, 2021
Full Time

The Attorney Advisor carries out headquarters level management responsibilities to include programmatic, logistical and financial support. The Attorney Advisor directly supports OPDAT's in country Resident and/or Intermittent Legal Advisors (RLAs/ILAs) to administer technical and developmental assistance. The Attorney Advisor works closely with OPDAT headquarters staff, officials within the Department of Justice and partner agencies, as well as in-country U.S. and foreign officials, to assure assistance programs meet the needs of the host country, and supports Departmental and U.S. policy objectives. More specifically, the Attorney Advisor will perform the following duties.
  • Oversees the highly complex justice sector development and technical assistance programs undertaken by OPDAT in an assigned region or subject area. This typically includes, but is not limited to, oversight of one or more focus areas that include Justice Sector Institution Building; Criminal Procedure and Trial Practice; Combating Organized Crime; Combating Transnational Crime; Countering Public Corruption; White Collar Crime; and Counter-terrorism.
  • Leads in the formulation and preparation of OPDAT regional, country-specific, or subject matter program funding proposals and implementation plans. Develops program measures and oversees program execution to ensure compliance with department and partner agency policy requirements, consistency with implementation plans and adherence with the terms and conditions in interagency agreements.
  • Works with program personnel in the analysis of justice sector development and technical assistance needs; the assessment of regional or country-specific capabilities; the refinement of program objectives or goals; and the development or refinement of program plans.
  • Assists in the recruitment of candidates for RLA/ILA positions. Identifies and selects instructors and technical advisers to support program objectives, and provides guidance to resolve administrative and logistical issues concerning deployments and re-deployments.
  • Monitors RLA/ILA financial and programmatic activities to ensure the programs are being carried out in accordance with work plans and budgets while facilitating the timely submission of RLA/ILA reporting.
  • Works with program personnel in compiling regional and country specific briefing materials and data call requests covering OPDAT development assistance and training.

  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.
    • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
    • You must sign a standards of conduct agreement for overseas service.
    • You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
    • All male applicants born after 12/31/1959 must have registered for the selective service. If selected, 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.
    • You may be required to pass a State Department medical clearance.
    • As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please see "Next Steps" for additional information.


    Required : To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL of the requirements below:
  • A J.D., or equivalent, 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.
  • Specific grade level requirements:
    • GS-15: At least four (4) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include four (4) years of criminal law experience.
    • GS-14: At least three (3) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include three (3) years of criminal law experience.
  • Preferred : Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of Department of Justice and other U.S. Government approaches.

    The successful applicant should also have:
    • Ability to function effectively in an international, multi-cultural environment;
    • 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
    • Familiarity with the legal system/laws in any of the following geographic areas: Africa and the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, or the Western Hemisphere with an understanding of their cultural norms and capacities;
    • Understanding of comparative international law and major conventions or treaties in effect;
    • Knowledge of US funding agency and interagency practices and priorities; and, an understanding of US foreign policy goals; and,
    • Experience living, working and/or training in an overseas environment is also desirable.


    A J.D., or equivalent, degree.

    Applicants who possess an equivalent degree rather than a J.D. may be subject to additional review by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management.

    Additional information

    An in-person interview in Washington, D.C. may be required for this position prior to final selection. The cost of travel to the interview site will be the responsibility of the applicant unless otherwise stated. Reasonable accommodation requests will be considered on an individual basis as requested by a person with a disability. Declining an invitation to interview may remove you from further consideration.

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    The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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