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US Department of Justice Seeks Legal Advisor for Mexico
Base salary ranges is: GS-15 $123,758 -$155,500 per annum. October 4 deadline.

The Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT), Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, seeks an experienced Assistant United States Attorney, Department of Justice Trial Attorney or State Prosecutor to serve as an Intermittent Legal Advisor (ILA) for Mexico. This assignment is for 9 months with the possibility of 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 chosen applicant's home office and OPDAT.

ABOUT THE OFFICE: The mission of the Criminal Division's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (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, such as the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery, as well as other forms of conventional proliferation in a manner consistent with the rule of law. The assistance is also administered to enable those institutions and their personnel to more effectively cooperate regionally and with the United States in combating such crime: http://www.justice.gov/criminal/opdat/.

RESPONSIBILITIES & OPPORTUNITIES: The Intermittent Legal Advisor will represent the U.S. Department of Justice through OPDAT and field staff based in Mexico City, implementing foreign criminal justice sector development and technical assistance programs as part of the Merida Initiative. The selected attorney will work closely with local law enforcement and government officials, including prosecutors, judges, parliamentarians and others, to develop, implement, and strengthen the Trafficking in Persons program. The ILA will also work closely with OPDAT headquarters staff and officials of the Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), operational law enforcement agencies, and in-country U.S. and foreign authorities to ensure the assistance program meets the needs of Mexico while supporting Departmental and U.S. policy objectives.

The ILA will be responsible for implementation of programs that focus on criminal justice sector institutional development in Mexico, including trafficking in persons, prosecutorial capacity building, investigation and prosecution of complex transnational cases, trial advocacy skills development, evidence collection and preservation, internal integrity systems, pretrial alternatives; and judicial capacity building. The ILA may also be called upon to provide advice to the administration of justice and rule of law programs.

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. white collar, computer crime, racketeering), cross examining witnesses, and leading the work of support attorneys and paralegals. Applicants must also demonstrate prosecution experience with trafficking in persons (TIP) cases.

Spanish Fluency is required for this position. You may be asked to demonstrate your Spanish fluency in a pre-employment interview.

Preferred qualifications: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following KSAs. You are required to respond to each KSA 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.

TRAVEL: Occasional travel, both domestically and internationally, may 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. The Washington D.C. salary ranges for these levels during 2013 are: GS-15 $123,758 -$155,500 per annum. Base salary table and locality pay tables for all U.S. locations during 2013 can be found at: OPM Pay Tables.

The ILA will receive appropriate Post salary differentials and allowances.

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

LOCATION: This position will be located in Washington, DC.

RELOCATION EXPENSES: Relocation expenses are not authorized. OPDAT will provide TDY travel expenses for this assignment.


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/351061700

DEADLINE DATE: Applications will be accepted until October 4, 2013.


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