Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Tirana
Position Title:
OPDAT Legal Specialist -- OPEN TO ALL APPLICANTS / ALL SOURCES ([Enter Working Title - if applicable])
Open Period:
11/04/2019 - 11/22/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1905 10
Not Specified
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Tirana, AL
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All Interested Applicants / All Sources
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period
Marketing Statement:

We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.


The work schedule for this position is: Full Time (40 hours per week)

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (8 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


Basic Function of the Position:  The incumbent is the aid to the two Resident Legal Advisers (RLAs), who are prosecutors with the United Stated Department of Justice. He/she advises both RLAs on legal, policy and political issues affecting the OPDAT program, which provides assistance to the Albanian Government on criminal justice reform through legislative and institutional reform, as well as skills development training for prosecutors, investigators and judges. The incumbent engages in regular contacts with high and senior GOA officials in the executive, legislative and judicial branches.  He/she performs such general administrative duties as are required, to include organization of meetings, conferences and workshops, provision of logistical support for visiting delegations, correspondence and records maintenance, translating and interpreting from Albanian to English and English to Albanian as necessary to support the RLAs. 

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Minimum 3 years' experience as a lawyer. Post Entry Training: Briefing on Embassy procedures and USG rules and regulations, particularly as relates to finance and procurement of services.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Must possess a superior understanding of the Albanian legal system, the organizational structure of the three branches of government, and practices of the criminal justice system, as well as a solid understanding of the American and/or other European legal systems. Job holder must have a superior understanding of both criminal substantive law and criminal procedural law, and other related fields of law.

Education Requirements:

EDUCATION: Candidates must possess undergraduate degree in law from an Albanian or a foreign university, and must have also completed a level of post--graduate studies in Albania or abroad.



LANGUAGE:  Must be fluent (level IV) in English and in Albanian. Must have an in-depth knowledge of legal, political, and criminal justice vocabulary in both languages. Must be able to interpret and translate from one language to the other as required (orally and in writing). This may be tested. 

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Must be able to conduct complex legal research and write legal memoranda. Must have skills to interact effectively with officials from governmental organizations and private sector.  Must be able to communicate effectively and diplomatically with the public. Must be able to maintain strict professional confidentiality. Must be able to evaluate the quality of performance by service provider.  Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel is required.  Furthermore,  must have experience in organizing courses, workshops, conferences, including project planning, oversight, and evaluation of performance by service providers, Must have some familiarity with budgeting and financial management controls. Analytical thinking is required when preparing, reviewing and interpreting legal documents and legislation.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.


All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Tirana, Albania, may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Other Information:

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.


  1. AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*


  3. FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification.  A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given. 

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a public trust background security clearance. 

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.

Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)

  • Degree (not transcript)

  • Masters or equivalent

  • Language Scores (if available)

  • DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

  • Letter of recommendations

  • List of references

  • Other documents

Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email. 

For further information - the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Tirana, Albania.