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Job Title:Resident Legal Advisor, Ethiopia

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Hiring Organization:Criminal Division

Job Announcement Number:14-CRM-OPD-103

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$100,624.00 to $130,810.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, July 14, 2014 to Monday, September 1, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 14 months

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Addis Ababa, EthiopiaView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

While this vacancy announcement expires on September 1, 2014, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made.   This assignment is for a term of 14 months, beginning in or about September 2014, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. 

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.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • 50% or Greater
  • Extensive travel to/from Ethiopia and within the country will be required as well as travel throughout the Horn of Africa

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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:

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The RLA will represent the Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance activities designed to improve the capacity of the criminal justice systems in Ethiopia and other countries located in the Horn of Africa region to combat terrorism and transnational crime consistent with the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) Rabat Memorandum on Good Practices for Effective Counterterrorism Practice in the Criminal Justice Sector (Rabat Memorandum).  The RLA will be responsible for promoting engagement with relevant components within the Ethiopian criminal justice system, as well as with the East Africa-based Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the African Union, and relevant components of the United Nations.  The RLA will coordinate with these entities in capacity building efforts focused on the implementation of legislation and practices in Ethiopia and in the Horn of Africa that are consistent with the GCTF Rabat Memorandum.  The RLA would also be expected to provide technical assistance in areas that could include criminal procedure code reform, counterterrorism capacity development, and legislative drafting.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Required Qualifications: To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL of the requirements below:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.

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 is preferred, but not required. 


 

Other Requirements:

  • 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).


BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits.

The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The link above provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.  



OTHER INFORMATION:

The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and a list of eligible candidates will be referred to the hiring managers every two weeks.  The vacancy may be closed at any time if a selection is made. 

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes the Assessment Questionnaire and the Required Documents indicated below. The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on Monday, September 01, 2014.

A complete application package must include:  

  1. 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.
  2. Assessment Questionnaire (you will be prompted to complete this when you apply online).
  3. 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.
  4. 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 www.archives.gov/veterans.
  • 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

See "How to Apply"

     

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources
Phone: (202)514-2811
Email: CRIMINAL.CRMJOBS@USDOJ.GOV
Agency Information:
The Criminal Division
1400 New York Ave
Suite 5000
Washington, DC
20005

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.

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Job Announcement Number:

14-CRM-OPD-103

Control Number:

375407300