08DEC - International Trade Specialist, Office of Agreements and Scientific Affairs - Deadline: 16DEC

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.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develops, plans, and conducts in-depth analysis of complex issues which contribute to the accomplishment of the agency mission to expand and maintain international market opportunities for U.S. agriculture.
  • Performs specialized studies and program and policy support for assignments which involve  some or all functions such as establishing fair and transparent rules governing international trade through negotiation and enforcement of trade agreements; addressing technical barriers to facilitate agricultural trade; developing support for the adoption of science-based regulatory systems and standards; enforcing international agreements on sanitary, phyosanitary, and technical barriers to trade; implementing programs to promote trade, economic growth, and trade capacity in global markets; assisting the private sector in developing export markets; administering credit guarantee programs; and coordinating support for US foreign and national security policy through international economic development.  The work performed is typically complex, of a sensitive nature, and of significant importance to the US agricultural economy.
  • Analyzes and interprets substantive international trade data and legal issues as applied to financial, political, economic, scientific to include biotechnology, and business parameters of international agricultural trade.
  • Reviews and evaluates agreements, legislation, and policies within assigned area of expertise to ensure consistency with international standards and compliance with World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements, and those of other standard-setting bodies.
  • Conducts assessments and develops interpretation of international trade issues, conditions, or events in support of decision-making, policy formulation, or program development by FAS and USDA.
  • Provides assistance to businesses seeking information relative to the export of commodities to foreign countries, addressing industry and political considerations.
  • Develops a variety of one-time special projects and reports and/or provides input for a portion of a project being developed by other specialists.  Conducts research, gathers data, and compiles information to be included in larger or more detailed reports.  
  • Serves as a technical consultant and advisor to other federal and state agencies, the academic community, industry, and scientific and regulatory review boards and meetings.  Participates in negotiating teams to discuss issues related to field of specialization.
  • Maintains familiarity with government, scholarly, and private sector literature for assigned area of expertise.

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.


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience as defined below, etc.

TIME IN GRADE: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

FOR THE GS-13 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

  • Thorough knowledge of USDA and FAS missions, programs, and strategic goals relative to U.S. agricultural trade.
  • Ability and skill to analyze international trade issues, develop recommendations, and prepare evaluative and interpretive reports and position papers on issues affecting U.S. agricultural trade.
  • Knowledge of and skill to interpret international agreements that might affect U.S. agricultural trade.
  • Knowledge and skill to provide technical expertise, staff coordination, and consultation for a range of issues impacting U.S. agricultural trade in the international market. 
  • Skill in written and oral communications to develop and present findings.

How to Apply

Apply at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/458495200

Deadline – December 16, 2016