Offices, Boards and Divisions Attorney Advisor (International) / Resident Legal Advisor, Panama in Panama City, Panama

Offices, Boards and Divisions
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Panama City, Panama
Work Schedule is Full-Time - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (4 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (10 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 or reimbursable detail appointment.

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 Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) will represent the U.S. Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance activities to strengthen Panama?s efforts regarding its compliance with international anti-crime norms and obligations, particularly in the areas of financial crimes, anti-money laundering (AML), and asset recovery. The RLA will work with appropriate Panamanian officials to plan and implement an effective AML and financial crimes regime. This may involve analysis of and advice on the implementation of Panama?s new anti-money laundering laws and other related criminal statutes, codes, laws, and regulations. The RLA will also be expected to provide technical assistance, case-based mentoring, and consultations in areas that could include freezing/seizing assets, financial fraud, public corruption, organized crime, extradition, and the use of mutual legal assistance treaties (MLATs).

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel to/from Panama and within the country will be required.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this postion.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
  • You may be required to take a drug test.
  • You must sign a standards of conduct agreement for overseas service.

Required: 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. In addition, applicants must meet the following 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 three (3) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include three (3) years of prosecutorial experience at the federal or state level.

The applicant must be a fluent Spanish speaker, as well as proficient in reading and writing Spanish.

Preferred: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of approaches and policies involving transnational crimes (e.g., terrorism, money laundering and asset forfeiture, narcotics trafficking, corruption, and intellectual property crimes), and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building. Experience in prosecuting terrorism and terrorist financing matters is highly desirable.

The successful applicant should also have:

  • Ability to function effectively in an international, multi-cultural environment;
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Extensive prosecution experience;
  • Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects; and
  • Experience in developing and litigating criminal cases involving international extradition and mutual legal assistance.


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 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.

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Salary Range: $87,263.00 to $113,444.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0905-14/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453554200

Job Announcement Number: 17-CRM-OPD-003