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US Seeks Legal Advisor for Colombia

The Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT), Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, seeks an experienced current or former Assistant United States Attorney, Department of Justice Trial Attorney, or qualified state prosecutor to serve as a Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia. This is a 14 month assignment, with the possibility of an extension, contingent on additional funding. This position is a reimbursable detail or term appointment. Conditions of the detail will be handled on a case by case basis and will require an agreement between the gaining and losing components. Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

About the Office: The mission of 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, organized crime, corruption, financial crimes and other types of crime consistent with the rule of law. The assistance is also administered to enable those institutions and their personnel to more effectively cooperate with the United States and countries in their region to combat such crime. For more information about the office, please access our website at http://www.justice.gov/criminal/opdat/.

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The RLA will join other DOJ personnel assigned to the U.S. Embassy Bogotá representing the Department through its Justice Sector Reform Program, a major U.S. law enforcement program to assist the Government of Colombia in strengthening its criminal justice system. The RLA will focus on trial advocacy, the transition toward an accusatorial system, implementation of a new criminal procedure code, advancing the justice and peace process, human rights, asset forfeiture, and narcotic control efforts. The RLA will work closely with Colombian law enforcement and government officials, particularly Colombian prosecutors, to design and implement technical assistance and development projects. These projects include technical advice to the Colombian Prosecutor General's Office on the development of major task forces, including those dealing with human rights violations, narcotics, money laundering and asset forfeiture, corruption, kidnapping and terrorism.

The RLA will lead and manage the development and implementation of programming aimed at strengthening government and institutional capacity and systems (technical, legal, financial, procedural etc.) in order to foster improved management of basic operations.

The RLA will be responsible for oversight of in-country personnel and of implantation of programs that focus on criminal justice sector institutional development in Colombia, including prosecutorial capacity building; investigation and prosecution of complex and transnational cases; trial advocacy skills development; evidence collection and preservation; internal integrity systems, and pretrial alternatives; and judicial capacity building.

The RLA will manage assistance projects, including developing curricula, selecting experts, evaluating results, and reporting. When appropriate, the RLA will personally provide assistance. The RLA will interact with other U.S. law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, DEA, Customs, ATF, Secret Service, IRS and U.S. Marshals Service. The assistance and development projects managed by the RLA are closely coordinated with those of ICITAP, the police assistance entity of the Criminal Division. The RLA will also have financial management responsibilities. The RLA would work under the direct supervision of the JSRP Manager in the U.S. Embassy in Bogota.

Qualifications: Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must possess 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 have at least four years post J.D. experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.

Applicants must also have one year of specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: working as a lead attorney on felony level cases or specialized criminal litigation (i.e. violent crimes, homicide, narcotics), cross examining witnesses, and leading the work of support attorneys and paralegals.

Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies. You are required to respond to each competencies in the occupational questionnaire portion of this announcement. Failure to respond to these questions may result in your being deemed not highly qualified for the position.

• Knowledge and experience as an attorney in the U.S. justice system.
• Knowledge of justice sector development with international legal and law enforcement partners.
• Knowledge of planning, designing, or leading projects or studies.
• Ability to supervise employees.
• Knowledge of living abroad and working internationally.

It is strongly preferred that the applicant be a fluent Spanish-speaker and proficient in reading and writing in Spanish.

Location: This position will be located in Bogotá, Colombia.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are authorized.

Travel: Extensive travel within the country and the region will be required.

Salary Information: Current salary level and years of litigation experience will determine the appropriate salary at the time of appointment. Compensation will be at the GS-15 level. The exact salaries within these GS levels vary based on many factors including duty location and type of appointment. Base salary table and locality pay tables for all U.S. locations during 2013 can be found at: OPM Pay Tables.

The RLA will receive appropriate Post salary differentials and allowances.

Please note: If the position is filled by a detail, there is no change to base pay.

Submission Process: 1. If you do not already have an account, please create a USAjobs account before applying here: Create an Account. You will be able to upload your resume and complete your profile prior to applying.

2. Once you have an account, apply to the USAjobs vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/356961800

Submission Process and Deadline Date: All applications must be submitted by Friday, January 31, 2014. Applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration every two weeks until the closing date or all positions have been filled.

Internet Sites: For information about the Criminal Division, see http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/index.html

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