Attorney Advisor - International (Public Notice Flyer)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jan 20, 2022
Closes
Jan 28, 2022
Hours
Full Time
Duties

The Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the Office of General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce, is seeking individuals with exceptional analytical, organizational, and interpersonal communication skills to join our outstanding team of international technical assistance Attorney-Advisors to help countries meet their sustainable economic development and climate goals in the energy and mineral sectors.

CLDP's mission is commercial legal reform. CLDP provides technical assistance; advisory and consultative services (including commenting on draft legislation and regulations); and policy planning support to help foreign governments improve the policy, legal, and regulatory conditions for trade and investment. This Attorney-Advisor position on the Energy Transition team would engage in cutting-edge legal reform work to support decarbonization and sustainable investment in energy and minerals around the world. The incumbent advises foreign governments around the world on the policies, laws, regulations, contracts, and standards for them to adopt to transition to low and zero-carbon energy sources and increase sustainable critical mineral production. The Attorney-Advisor consults with senior foreign government officials; assess development needs and barriers to investment; and design, implement and evaluate legal reform technical assistance programs that meet the host countries' economic development needs and are in line with U.S. energy and climate policy goals. Also, this Attorney-Advisor would collaborate across US Government agencies in the energy and minerals spaces, and support the US State Department's Energy and Minerals Governance Program and USAID's Power Africa program. For more about CLDP's Energy Transition team and what we do, please see our website here.

Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Advising foreign governments around the world on the policies, laws, regulations, contracts, and standards for them to adopt to transition to low and zero-carbon energy sources and increase sustainable critical mineral production.
  • Consult with senior foreign government officials; assess development needs and barriers to investment; and design, implement and evaluate legal reform technical assistance programs that meet the host countries' economic development needs and are in line with U.S. energy and climate policy goals.
  • Collaborate across US Government agencies in the energy and minerals spaces, and support the US State Department's Energy and Minerals Governance Program and Energy Resource Governance Initiative, and USAID's Power Africa program.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • Pass a background investigation to obtain and maintain a SECRET clearance.
  • Selectees will be required to submit a Financial Disclosure, OGE Form 450.

  • Must complete a 2 year trial period.


Qualifications

Basic requirement for all grade levels:
  • You must be a graduate with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree or equivalent from an accredited law school; AND
  • You must have bar membership in one of the 50 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico or the US. Virgin Islands.

  • Minimum Requirements:

    For GS-13: Applicants applying at the GS-13 grade level must have two years of legal experience or relevant professional experience (legal or non-legal) working in the energy sector, in particular the power and/or minerals (mining) sectors drafting or reviewing transactional documents and working with foreign governments and/or development finance institutions.

    For GS-14: Applicants applying at the GS-14 grade level requires a minimum of three years of relevant legal experience working in the energy sector, in particular the power and/or minerals (mining) sectors drafting or reviewing transactional documents and working with foreign governments and/or development finance institutions.

    Note: The General Counsel or designee retains the discretion to waive minimum qualifications as described above.

    The ideal candidate would have:
    • Prior legal experience in the energy sector, in particular the power and/or minerals (mining) sectors. Able to converse with a variety of stakeholders on the structuring of energy infrastructure projects, particularly in the power, renewables, and minerals sectors.
    • Prior experience with the drafting or review of transactional documents in the energy sector, in particular the power and/or minerals (mining) sectors. Knowledge of, or familiarity with, clauses to lower emissions and decarbonize operations and supply chains preferred. Examples include power purchase agreements, renewable energy certificate or emissions credits sales and purchase agreements, host government instruments in the mining sector, as well as project finance documents.
    • Prior experience and/or familiarity with working with foreign governments and/or development finance institutions.
    • Fluency in another language is not required but preferred.

    Frequent international travel may be required, especially as pandemic risk subsides. CLDP Attorney-Advisors now travel infrequently, but prior to the pandemic, CLDP Attorney-Advisors in this position carried out many of their programs in the host countries around the world.

    Applicants may be hired at any of the grades shown in this announcement, commensurate with the candidate's experience and qualifications. You are encouraged to identify the grade level(s) or salary for which you wish to be considered.

    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, including volunteer experience.

    Education

    Applicants must possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree or equivalent from an accredited law school. Official or unofficial transcripts must be submitted with your application package.

    Additional information

    This position does not confer non-competitive conversion to the competitive service. Acceptance of an excepted service appointment from applicants in the competitive service will require a written statement of understanding when voluntarily leaving the competitive service.