Job Overview


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.


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.

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