Offices, Boards and Divisions Attorney Advisor (International) / Resident Legal Advisor in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Offices, Boards and Divisions
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh
Work Schedule is Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Tuesday 9/6/2016 (51 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

This assignment is for a period of 14 months, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by term appointment or reimbursable detail appointment. Conditions of the detail will be handled on a case by case basis, and will require an agreement between the gaining and losing components. Applicants applying for the detail appointment must obtain the concurrence of their supervisor, Section Chief, Office Director, or U.S. Attorney for a minimum fourteen-month detail to OPDAT.

Please note this position is under formal U.S. State Department status of Authorized Departure, which according to Bureau of Diplomatic Security "is initiated when the safety and/or security situation in a particular location has deteriorated significantly, and allows families and non-essential staff to depart on a voluntary basis". More information on Authorized Departure can be found using the following link: During an Authorized Departure status, families are not allowed to accompany the RLA to post.

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.

More than one position may be filled from this announcement.


The Resident Legal Advisor(s) will represent the U.S. Department of Justice through OPDAT and field staff based in Dhaka, implementing foreign criminal justice sector development and technical assistance programs. The selected attorneys will work closely with local law enforcement and government officials, including prosecutors, judges, investigators, parliamentarians and others, to develop, implement, and strengthen OPDAT capacity building programs. The RLAs will also work closely with OPDAT headquarters staff and officials of the Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), operational law enforcement agencies, and in-country U.S. and foreign authorities to ensure the assistance program meets the needs of Bangladesh while supporting Departmental and U.S. policy objectives.

The RLA(s) will be responsible for implementation of programs that focus on criminal justice sector and institutional development in Bangladesh, including overseeing training of a Dhaka based model prosecution unit, on-going assessment of the legal system, advising investigation and prosecution of complex transnational cases with a special focus on investigating and prosecuting terrorism, financial crime, and money laundering; develop host country counterparts skills in trial advocacy, asset forfeiture, evidence collection and preservation, and build capacity of the judiciary.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel to/from Bangladesh and within the country will be required.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation to and from post is authorized.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
  • You may be required to take a drug test.

Required Qualifications: To qualify for this position, applicants must have 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 (any jurisdiction).

Grade Specific Qualifications:

In addition, applicants must meet the following specific grade requirements:

GS-14: Applicants must have at least three (3) years of post J.D. legal experience to include three (3) years of prosecutorial experience at the federal or state level.

GS-15: Applicants must have 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 transnational crimes (to include money laundering and asset forfeiture, narcotics trafficking, corruption, wildlife trafficking, TIP, and piracy), and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building.

The successful applicant should also have the:

  • Ability to function effectively in an international, multi-cultural environment;
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; and
  • Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects


A J.D. Degree.

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 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.
Security Clearance

Top Secret

Additional Information
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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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 AttorneysÂ’ 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.

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Salary Range: $87,263.00 to $133,444.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0905-14/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 448509900

Job Announcement Number: 16-CRM-OPD-079