Job Overview

Summary

About the Agency

The Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT), Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, seeks experienced current or former Department of Justice Trial Attorneys, Assistant United States Attorneys, or State Prosecutors to serve as Resident Legal Advisors (RLAs) in the Balkans, including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kosovo, and Serbia.

This assignment is for a term of 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 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/.

The Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT), Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, seeks experienced current or former Department of Justice Trial Attorneys, Assistant United States Attorneys, or State Prosecutors to serve as Resident Legal Advisors (RLAs) in the Balkans, including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kosovo, and Serbia.

Duties

The RLA will work under the auspices of the United States Embassy in either Tirana, Albania; Sarajevo, BiH; Pristina, Kosovo; or Belgrade, Serbia. Each RLA will represent the U.S. Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance activities designed to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and the country of assignment on criminal justice matters and to assist the partner nation’s efforts regarding its compliance with regional and international anti-crime norms and obligations. This could involve analysis of and advice on appropriate criminal statutes, codes, laws and regulations. More specifically, the RLA will work with justice sector officials on:

   1)  Legislative, procedural, and policy reform; 
   2)  Improving the basic skills of investigators, prosecutors, and investigating magistrates; and 
   3)  Building capacity to pursue cases involving transnational crimes. 

In addition, the RLA will work closely with DOJ’s other Resident Legal Advisor at Post and with other U.S. and host government officials, as well as members of the international legal community, to support broader justice sector capacity development efforts in partnership with its police, prosecutors, and justice sector institutions.  The position will also involve coordination with other OPDAT assistance programs in the Balkan region.

Travel Required

  • 75% or Greater
  • Extensive travel within the country where the RLA will be assigned as well as periodic regional and international travel will be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized.