Job Title: Resident Legal Advisor, MoroccoJob Announcement Number: 14-CRM-OPD-101
Department: Department Of Justice
Agency: Offices, Boards and Divisions
Hiring Organization: Criminal Division
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
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/ Per Year
Friday, July 11, 2014 to
Friday, October 10, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time -
Term NTE 14 months
1 vacancy in the following location:
Rabat, MoroccoView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
United States Citizens
While this vacancy announcement expires on October 10, 2014, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. Appointment to this position will be effected by term appointment for a period of 14-months.
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 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.usdoj.gov/criminal/opdat.
- 25% or Greater
- Extensive international and regional travel will be required
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualifiy for this position.
- You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
- You may be required to take a drug test.
DUTIES:Back to top
The RLA will represent the Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of OPDAT justice sector technical assistance activities in order to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Morocco on criminal justice matters and to raise Moroccos level of compliance with international anti-crime norms and obligations, particularly in matters involving terrorism and transnational crime. The RLA will also focus on strengthening relations with various North African governments on the aforementioned subject matters. During his or her tenure, the selected attorney will work closely with local law enforcement and government officials, including investigators, members of the judiciary, ministry officials, legislators, and others. This could involve analysis of and advice on pending counterterrorism legislation, money laundering laws, asset forfeiture proposals, laws against terrorist financing, laws governing mutual legal assistance, and other related and potentially affected criminal statutes, codes, laws, and regulations. The RLA would also be expected to assist in developing legal and judicial assistance in the areas that might include freezing/seizing assets, financial fraud, public corruption, organized crime, and extradition in both Morocco and various North African governments. The RLA will be called upon to support regional training efforts.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Required Qualifications: To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL of the requirements below:
- 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 be an active member of the bar in good standing.
- Specific grade level requirements:
GS-15: At least four (4) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include four (4) years of prosecutorial experience at the federal or state level.
GS-14: At least two and a half (2.5) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include two and a half (2.5) years of prosecutorial experience at the federal or state level.
- Proficiency in spoken and written French.
Preferred qualifications: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of DOJ and other USG approaches and policies involving transnational crimes, terrorism, and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building.
The successful applicant should also have:
- Ability to function effectively in an international, multi-cultural environment;
- Excellent interpersonal and management skills;
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
- Extensive prosecution experience; and
- Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects.
- You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
- All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see http://www.sss.gov). If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
- DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
BASIS OF RATING: Once the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system and a Human Resources Specialist. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your application and supporting documentation will be made. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
There is no formal rating system for applying veterans preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).
HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and a list of eligible candidates will be referred to the hiring manager every 30 days. The vacancy may be closed at any time if a selection is made. The Application
Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on Friday, October 10, 2014.
A complete application package must include:
Résumé (cover letter is optional) - Applicants are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show the possession of
knowledge of the subject matter pertinent to the position and the technical skills to successfully
perform the duties of the position.
- Assessment Questionnaire (you will be prompted to complete this when you apply online).
- Documentation of eligibility for special hiring authorities (if applicable) to prove appointment
eligibility. Examples include: Schedule A disability letter, Peace Corps volunteer letter, military
spouse hiring authority documentation, etc.
Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable):
- If you are a discharged, non-disabled veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing
character discharge(Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under
Honorable Conditions. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the
National Archives at
- If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the
Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable
conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any
campaign or expeditionary medals received, and 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
- If you are a disabled veteran, Purple Heart recipient, or mother or spouse of a disabled or deceased
veteran, you must submit a completed SF-15 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf and all
additional proof required by the SF-15, as applicable. If you don't have your Department of
Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at
http://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ or call 1-800-827-1000.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing
USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire.
Please ensure you
click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process.
If you cannot apply online, please contact Human Resources at the phone number or email below for further instructions.
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
We will notify you of your status as a candidate after each step of the recruitment process (receipt of application, determination of basic qualifications, notice of forward to selecting official, and final selection). After extending a tentative job offer and receiving acceptance by the selectee, we will conduct an employment suitability/security background investigation to confirm that the selectee meets all requirements to fill the position. We expect to make a final job offer once all such reviews have been completed.