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Foreign Service Attorney

Company name

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

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Date Last Verified

Feb 12, 2021

Valid Through

May 28, 2021

Posted on

Jun 12, 2020

Years of Experience

Min 2 yrs required


Washington, DC, United States

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Practice Area
Corporate >> Corporate - General
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Foreign Service Attorney
The candidate will work Civil Service and Foreign Service attorneys, paralegals, administrative, and support staff. Foreign Service staff members are primarily based overseas with periodic postings in Washington. USAID has 49 Foreign Service attorneys stationed in 38 field missions as Resident Legal Officers. Most tours of duty last two to four years. Provide legal advice to USAID Missions. Missions plan and implement overseas activities and are typically co-located with U.S. embassies and consulates. Legal work focuses on matters of U.S. and international law applicable to assistance programs and personnel overseas. The work is fast-paced, with attorneys regularly facing highly complex and novel legal and policy issues arising from emerging international events and assistance priorities. Involve difficult living and working conditions that require a strong commitment to the Agency's mission. Attorneys serve most of their careers overseas at various USAID missions in developing countries after an initial training period in Washington, D.C., of one to two years, unless Agency requirements necessitate an earlier assignment overseas. New entrants begin their careers in a formal training program, followed by rotational on-the-job, Washington DC-based training for 12-18 months, which may include foreign language training. After completion of Washington training, new entrants are assigned to an overseas mission. This initial assignment is a directed assignment where the Agency's Human Capital and Talent Management office determines the optimal placement for the new employee, taking into consideration the employee's prior experience and family situation. After completing the initial posting, the employee enters USAID's competitive bidding system where all Foreign Service Officers express their preferences for follow-on assignments in line with bidding instructions. All Foreign Service Officers should anticipate serving at hard to fill countries multiple times during their careers. Prior overseas experience, especially in developing countries, and/or prior demonstrated interest in international development, while not required, helps in equipping candidates for work with USAID. Must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (or foreign equivalent). Must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Must have a minimum of four years of post-law school experience practicing law (the position must have required a legal degree and involved providing legal services to clients; serving as a judicial clerk counts toward qualifying experience). Must demonstrate an ability to communicate with and work well with a diverse range of clients and colleagues (including those from different cultures), spot legal issues, solve problems, and operate with minimal supervision. Must demonstrate an ability to write and otherwise communicate professionally, clearly, and persuasively. Prior overseas experience, especially in developing countries, and/or demonstrated interest in international development. Negotiating agreements with or engaging in legal problem solving with governments, particularly developing country governments; Developing public-private partnerships; Legal analysis/advisory services in investment and credit transactions; Litigation in the federal government context, including bid protests; Legal analysis/advisory services in U.S. federal appropriations law, and/or government contracts or grants; and/or prior experience requiring responsibility for a wide range of legal and policy issues, Working collaboratively as a member of a non-legal team to achieve an organizational goal, similar to a general counsel or in-house counsel role.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Room 6.6.91
Washington, DC 20523-6601