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Attorney Advisor – DEA-SIU




The CARSI Initiative, one of the largest and most sophisticated multi-lateral security efforts in the world, provides funding for the

USG to assist the governments of the CARSI countries with police professionalization, justice sector reform, counter narcotics efforts,

border security management, crime and violence prevention, and anti-corruption efforts. In support of CARSI, INL its tasks include

but are not limited to:

• Assist in developing more effective and transparent security and rule of law institutions, which work together effectively

and cooperate with international partners to reduce threats from transnational and domestic crime, including terrorism,

and improve border security and protect human rights.

• Support CARSI state and society efforts to establish efficient, transparent, and accountable prosecutorial, correctional,

and alternative justice systems institutions that respect human rights.

• Assist CARSI countries in improving federal, state, and local governments’ operational ability to prevent and mitigate

crime and terrorism, impact transnational criminal organization (TCO) cash flow, contribute to criminal cases against

TCO leaders and members, disrupt TCO trust and corruptive relationships, and safely apprehend TCO and other high

target offenders.

• Improve border security, including building support to the new government’s efforts to secure CARSI borders.

• To meet the Congressional mandates of the CARSI Initiative, INL programs in the region include the following objectives:

• Continue to support CARSI state and federal entities with efforts to institutionalize the rule of law among law enforcement

and judicial sector operators, including through police professionalization, justice sector reform, anti-corruption,

and border security initiatives.

• Help CARSI countries achieve its transitions to the new criminal justice system.

• Create a 21st century border structure, by further developing CARSI countries’ capacity to detect and prevent smuggling

of illicit goods and trafficking in persons.

• Support networked technology systems and professionalization to strengthen CARSI countries control of their respective

northern and southern borders and ports of entry.

• Bolster CARSI countries efforts to prevent crime and violence by supporting the establishment of resilient communities

better able to withstand the pressures of organized crime through drug demand reduction, citizen oversight of security

forces, and culture of lawfulness programs.

• Continue to build CARSI countries capacity to disrupt and dismantle organized criminal networks, including capacity

building to counter illicit finance and combat the production of, and trafficking in, illegal narcotics.

• Support the U.S. Government’s goal to support CARSI state and society efforts to establish highly efficient, transparent,

and accountable prosecutorial, correctional, and alternative justice institutions that respect human rights; to assist

CARSI countries in improving federal, state, and local governments’ operational ability to prevent and mitigate

crime and terrorism, impact transnational criminal organization (TCO) cash flow, contribute to criminal cases against

TCO leaders and members, disrupt TCO trust and corruptive relationship, and safely apprehend TCO and other high

target offenders; and to improve border security.



Posted On: 04/09/2018
Category: Professional Services
Department: CARSI
Shift: Unknown
Location: Central America
Job Type: Law Enforcment Subject Matter Expert
Education: Law Degree
Pay Rate: To be determined
Duration: 1 - 5 years
Travel: Yes
Job Description:

Provides guidance and support to the INL and DEA-SIU investigation of transnational criminal organizations and financial crimes and asset forfeiture cases.

• Assists INL to encourage GOH police and prosecutors to work closely together.

• Assists INL to work with GOH National Police to review the progress on the cases currently investigated by the DEA-SIU.

• Provides technical advice and expertise to facilitate moving criminal cases into the trial phase.

• Advises and mentors the SIU and GOH prosecutors, financial analysts and investigators, on how to conduct a thorough analysis that will result in successful court prosecutions, including the proper collection and processing of evidence; preparing financial analyses; and explaining complex financial fact patterns.

• Assists INL to coordinate program development, implementation and reporting with other GOH entities, INL advisors, other advisors working with INL programs in Honduras and throughout the region.

• Contributes to progressing reform within the GOH justice sector.

• Assists INL to build the capacity of GOH law enforcement to efficiently, effectively, and transparently investigate and prosecute, if appropriate, criminal cases.

• Assists INL to improving partner nation capacity in delegation, training, case management, communications, human rights and standard operating procedures.

• Assists INL by collecting qualitative and quantitative data, to include measurable improvements collected as outcome data.

• Reviews the current status of the DEA-SIU investigators and make recommendations to rebuild the unit.

• Reviews current cases under investigation by the GOH and DEA-SIU, particularly those still in initial stages of investigation, to evaluate what work has already been completed and what must still be done.

• Works with GOH prosecutors to review asset forfeiture, money laundering, corruption, and other financial crime cases currently under investigation and evaluate what work has already been completed and what must still be done.

• Works with analysts, investigators, and prosecutors and provides advice on the work necessary to complete financial analysis and bring cases to court.

• Trains GOH prosecutors on how to provide legal guidance to investigators working Counter-Narcotics and Financial Crimes cases, their role in an accusatory system of justice, and how to work in a team environment with investigators, respecting the roles assigned to each interlocutor.

• Recommends and provides training on financial analysis to investigators, analysts, prosecutors, judges, and other relevant interlocutors involved in financial criminal cases in consultation with the GOH and INL.

• Mentors the GOH HNP on Interagency coordination between the HNP and Office of the Public Prosecutor focusing on working level police, investigators, analysts, and prosecutors.

• Validates forensics and evidence collection, handling, storage, and courtroom presentation procedures.

• Advises on the use of existing technology and sharing of information.

• Recommends appropriate technological tools useful for the work of financial analysts that can be sustained and maintained by the GOH without additional assistance.

• Provides clarity on how programs are achieving INL goals and objectives.

• Provides opportunity for mid-course correction if a program is not achieving its goals.

• Increases the ability of INL to respond with greater agility to changing priorities.

• Communicates results of INL programs to help justify budget requests.

• Hours for this full-time position will be the core hours of the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week.

• The position will be stationed in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

• National and international travel may be required.

• Create a work plan per the instructions.

• Provide weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports of relevant program activity, progress toward desired impacts, recommendations for advancing program and U.S. objectives, project highlights, and other relevant significant information including metrics, milestones achieved, and other relevant statistical data. Report on scheduled upcoming meetings, trainings, and other activities, outlining dates and participants.


• US or Honduras Citizen

• MRPT or RSO security clearance

• Spanish FSI level 3/3, English FSI level 3/3

• Law Degree

• Five (5) years professional work experience as a prosecutor in the area of anti-money laundering, asset forfeiture, and/or corruption

• Two (2) years professional work experience in locating and identifying ill-gotten gains

• Two (2) years experience working with Financial Intelligence Unit

• Demonstrated organizational skills

• Professional work experience as instructor on money laundering, asset forfeiture, corruption, or related topics

• Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment with investigators

• Ability to work with little to no hands on supervision and produce under tight deadlines

• Ability to work well in a high-pressure environment

• Demonstrated high levels of personal initiative

• Demonstrated initiative, well-developed problem-solving skills, flexibility, receptivity, and creativity in dealing with problems and

conflicts, as well as an ability to work on and bear responsibility for several simultaneous projects while keeping the overall program goals in perspective.

• Demonstrated familiarity with asset forfeiture laws

• Demonstrated experience in managing program resources in an overseas environment, including project analysis, design, implementation and evaluation

• Strong verbal and written skills and ability to present and defend complex analyses and proposals concisely

• Demonstrated prior ability to work independently on projects and issues within overall policy guidelines.

• Demonstrated communication and liaison skills appropriate to work with a wide variety of governmental, public, and private sector

representatives; as well as with local community members and groups.

• Knowledge of decentralized decision-making, which involves flattening the agency hierarchy, increasing tolerance for new approaches in problem-solving efforts, and allowing officers discretion in handling cases.

• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

Preferred Qualifications:

• Knowledge of GOH judicial system, including courts, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, forensics, and law schools.

• Experience working and/or coordinating with other relevant U.S. government agencies and host nation entities.

• Experience working as a justice sector advisor with non-U.S. law enforcement agencies.

• Experience working in international justice sector development and reform.

Preferred Skills: