Job Overview


The Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT), Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, seeks an experienced Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney, Assistant United States Attorney, or a State prosecutor. to serve as Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) in Dili, Timor-Leste.

The assignment is for 14 months, beginning in or about December 2013, with the possibility of an extension for a second year, contingent on availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by term appointment or through reimbursable detail. 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.

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 administrated 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 the United States and countries in their region to combat such crime.


The RLA will represent the Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance activities in order to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and Timor-Leste on criminal justice matters. During his or her tenure, the RLA will provide assistance on a variety of criminal justice projects including: 

  1. Improving prosecutorial training and skills development;
  2. Providing institutional support to the Timor-Leste Prosecutor General;
  3. Supporting efforts to investigate and prosecute acts of corruption;
  4. Promoting legislative reforms designed to improve the operation of the criminal justice system, and
  5. Strengthening human rights protections by police and prosecutors through support for implementation of the new criminal procedure code.

During his or her tenure, the selected attorney will work closely with local law enforcement and government officials, including prosecutors, judges, parliamentarians, and others to develop and carry out the justice sector assistance program.