International Trade Specialist

U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    May-23-2018
  • Posted
    May 17

Position description

The incumbent of this position serves as an International Trade Specialist for the Office of Country and Regional Affairs (OCRA).  

You will coordinate input from stakeholders to prepare appropriate policy analysis and country/regional strategies for achieving agency objectives within your area of responsibility.  You will organize country team meetings, and formulate longer-term strategies for addressing outstanding trade policy issues for agricultural and food products.  You will work effectively with other FAS program areas, other USDA agencies, and other USG agencies to ensure analyses and strategies meet Agency, Departmental, and USG objectives.  You will monitor trade policy issues for agricultural and food products and overseas markets. You will be responsible for developing   country strategies and recommending revisions to adapt to changing market situations.  You will provide proposed policy changes to senior USDA officials for guidance through oral or written briefings.

Salary Information:  First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range.
 

Responsibilities

The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.

The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Working as a member of a team or independently, identify and synthesize pertinent information on political, economic and agricultural situations in foreign countries based on continuous research, analysis and evaluation of information from a range of sources. 
  • Plan, prepare and support USDA and FAS executive level meetings and travel, including briefing materials that may require extensive preparation.
  • Serve as a FAS contact to respond to a wide range of questions from other U.S. government agencies, foreign embassies and businesses seeking information relative to agricultural trade in the international market.
  • Lead country team meetings with participants from FAS program areas, overseas staff and relevant USDA agencies. 
  • Guide the development and implementation of country strategies; analyze key trade and competitiveness issues; and contribute to significant agency policies, decisions, and determinations to accomplish the agency mission to expand and maintain international market opportunities for U.S. agriculture.
  • Perform specialized studies and program and policy support, and coordinate support for U.S. foreign and national security policy through evaluation of country strategy proposals.
  • Develop broad expertise in the countries you cover that encompasses an understanding of economic, political, social and demographic trends to develop sound strategic objectives for U.S. agricultural and food exports.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Both domestic and international travel may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

Qualifications

Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

Special Conditions:

  • Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance.
  • Position may be eligible for telework. 

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.

FOR THE GS-9 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-7 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: 

  • Performing analysis of trade and marketing data and information; compiling data for and preparing reports on international trade issues; or other similar experience in international trade, marketing or agricultural business.


OR  master's or equivalent graduate degree in marketing, business administration, political science, public administration, history, business or commercial law, economics, finance, international trade, or international relations or directly related field or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related 

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-9 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: 
 

  • Working as a specialist that required knowledge of one or more aspects of U.S. and foreign trade: performing research and evaluation of trade data and information; summarizing and/or providing advice on trade and/or international agricultural policies and programs.


OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in marketing, business administration, political science, public administration, history, business or commercial law, economics, finance, international trade, or international relations or directly related field or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. 

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 which demonstrates:

  • Working as a trade specialist and applying a high degree of technical skill, knowledge, and judgment pertaining to domestic and international trade laws and/or policies, international agricultural trade functions and services, and/or statutory provisions.

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

TRANSCRIPTS are required if you are qualifying for the position based on education or 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.
 

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-09/11 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following:  Combining Education and Experience for Administrative and Management Positions 

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Application instructions

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