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08DEC - International Economist, Office of Agreements and Scientific Affairs - Deadline: 19DEC

Organization Description

Begin a challenging and rewarding career with the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). FAS is a dynamic foreign affairs agency with offices in Washington, D.C. and 70-plus countries around the world.

The Office of Agreements and Scientific Affairs (OASA) is responsible for the negotiation, monitoring and enforcement of trade agreements, the prevention and resolution of non-tariff trade barriers, and the promotion of global, rules-based systems to facilitate trade.  OASA consults and coordinates widely with U.S. industry, other FAS program areas, FAS overseas posts, other U.S. Federal trade and regulatory agencies, Congress, like-minded foreign officials, and senior USDA leaders to develop and implement strategies to maximize access to foreign markets on behalf of the American food and agricultural sector.

Location – Washington DC

Job Description

FAS is seeking committed professionals with diverse skills and talents to help improve foreign market access for U.S. products, build new markets, enhance the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace, and provide food aid and technical assistance to foreign countries.

This position is located in the Office of Agreements and Scientific Affairs (OASA), Bilateral Agreements and Enforcement Division (BAED).  If other vacancies become available within OASA during the life of this announcement more selections can be made.  This position will serve as an International Economist, and you will be providing analysis and evaluation of policies and practices affecting the U.S. agricultural interests and/or coordinating with other agencies to formulate interagency policy recommendations and U.S. statements of positions in international meetings.

Job Responsibilities

The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Applies professional economic techniques and principles in the analysis of factors and conditions impacting the competitive posture of the U.S. agricultural industry.
  • Determines research methods and data source to be used, the appropriate statistical methodology, and most appropriate interpretation and presentation of findings. 
  • Analyzes economic data to assure accord with study objectives, policies, and legislation, formulating conclusion and recommendations for consideration by senior analysts in making decisions, writing portions of reports, and responding to inquiries. 
  • Assists in preparing complex analytical material in connection with U.S. participation in international conferences and negotiations.
  • Conducts in-depth analysis for use in the formulation of U.S. agricultural trade policy positions and recommendations developed by FAS.
  • Analyzes and evaluates the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other regulatory agreements, legislation, and trade barriers to discern the impact on U.S. trade relations.
  • Provides authoritative economic analysis for FAS officials.  Identifies and analyzes factors that directly affect the ability of the U.S. agricultural industry to compete in the international marketplace.
  • Produces written and oral interpretive reports relative to agricultural trade policy issues.  Maintains up-to-date knowledge of economic practices and theories through review of government, scholarly, and private sector literature.
  • Represents the agency at meetings with other agencies. Participates in educational seminars and consults with staff of domestic and foreign industry and trade associations.

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A 1-year probationary period is required.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.

BASIC REQUIREMENT:

Applicants must have either A or B:
A. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.

OR

B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to the basic requirements indicated above, applicants must also meet the eligibility requirement for the grade level they have applied to, as stated:

FOR THE GS-09 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-07 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities successfully perform the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. At this grade level, completed work assignments are typically reviewed and checked to an extent sufficient to keep the supervisor aware that instructions and methods are being understood and followed. Examples of qualifying experience for this grade level include: individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation. 
OR a masters or equivalent graduate degree
OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

FOR THE GS-11 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Assignments may have included performing segments of higher-level work to be integrated into a project or program by a higher level trade specialist.  Examples of qualifying experience for this grade level include: supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information. 
OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree
OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree Ph.D degree

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors that demostrates teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.

(Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)

TRANSCRIPTS are required if:

  • This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified.
  • You are qualifying for the position based on education.
  • You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.
  • This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.

How to Apply

Apply at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/458432900

Deadline - December 19, 2016