Job Overview


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 qualified state prosecutor to serve as a Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) at the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The assignment is for 14 months with the possibility of an extension, 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 U.S. Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance activities designed to strengthen relationships between the United States and Bangladesh on criminal justice matters and to assist efforts in Bangladesh to achieve compliance with international anti-crime norms and obligations, particularly in the areas of counterterrorism financing, financial crimes and money laundering. The RLA will work with appropriate government officials in the partner country to plan and implement effective money laundering and financial crimes regimes. This could involve analysis of and advice on anti-terrorism legislation, money laundering laws, asset forfeiture proposals and other related criminal statutes, codes, laws, and regulations. The RLA would also be expected to provide technical assistance in areas that could include freezing/seizing assets, financial fraud, public corruption, organized crime, and extradition. This position involves periodic travel in the region and will require the RLA to engage with justice sector officials on combating terrorism and financial crime through international cooperation.