International Development Jobs with USDA-Foreign Ag Service (several openings, GS 11,13,14,15)

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    June 22, 2009

    FAS has international development positions based in USDA headquarters, and other USDA positions detailed to U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) headquarters, both in Washington, DC. Occasionally, positions are available overseas. These are all Schedule B appointments (temporary, non-career positions in the excepted service).

    You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for these positions.

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    Job Title: Economic Growth and Agricultural Development Advisor / Women in Development

    Grade: GS-0110-14

    Area of Consideration: All Sources

    You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position and be able to obtain a secret security clearance. This is a USDA/FAS Excepted Service, Schedule B appointment for up to five years.

    The individual selected for this position will be administratively assigned to the Rural Development and Natural Resources Branch (RDNR) Branch of the Development Resources and Disaster Assistance Division (DRDA), Office of Capacity Building and Development (OCBD), Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (FAS/OCBD/DRDA/RDNR) but will be located in and work directly with the U.S. Agency for International Development/Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade Bureau (EGAT), Office of Women in Development.

    EGAT/WID is the center of USAID technical leadership on gender-related issues in all sectors. The incumbent will serve as a senior advisor with responsibility for addressing gender issues related to sustainable broad based economic growth, international trade, and poverty reduction strategies, policies, and programs. The individual will provide Agency-wide leadership in economic and natural resource issues related to increasing the effectiveness of USAID’s development strategy by integrating gender throughout its programs overseas and at headquarters.

    To apply, please send a) a cover letter that directly and individually addresses each of the required skills listed below and b) your current resume of experience and qualifications to the Program Officer listed below.

    Note: Applications that do not include a cover letter that directly and individually addresses the required skills may not be considered.

    Required Skills:

    Advanced degree in economics or similar field with demonstrated knowledge and experience in development, social science, training, and monitoring and evaluation.
    Strong cross-cultural experience and knowledge, especially in areas of policy, gender roles, governance, and civil society aspects of development.
    Knowledge about dimensions of constraints that impact on the socio-economic roles of women in developing countries, including policy and legal dimensions.
    Comprehensive technical knowledge, experience and understanding of how gender integration can contribute to addressing gender issues related to sustainable broad-based economic growth, agricultural development, environment, and poverty reduction strategies, policies and programs in USAID assisted countries/economies in transition worldwide.
    Knowledge of the policy networks working on economic growth, agricultural development, environment, and gender issues.
    Ability to assess the appropriateness and technical feasibility of strategies, programs and projects relevant to resource tenure and management issues.
    Knowledge of USAID program policies and objectives, project design, management, implementation and evaluation practices and regulations.

    The position is located in Washington, DC.

    Candidates are strongly urged to email their applications due to technical delays and service delays in the postal system.

    Program Officer: Terence Albrecht

    Branch: USDA/FAS/OCBD/DRDA/RDNR

    Email Address: [email protected]

    Telephone: (202) 690-1916

    FAX: (202) 720-6364

    Mailing Address: U.S. Department of Agriculture, FAS/OCBD/DRDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 3208-S, STOP 1033, Washington, DC 20250-1033

    *NOTE* If competitively selected, USDA employees may be able to be detailed from their home USDA agency (which would be reimbursed for personnel costs plus administrative costs) retain their career status, and return to their home unit at the conclusion of the assignment.

    This notice expires close of business June 26, 2009.

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    Job Title: Senior Advisor on Remittances and Diaspora

    Grade: GS-1101-14

    Area of Consideration: All Sources

    Development Resources and Disaster Assistance Division coordinates major facets of USDA participation in technical assistance and developmental programs. Its mission is to provide USDA technical assistance, training, and information to cooperating countries and institutions to achieve sustainable agricultural production, mutual economic growth, and a better environment.

    The position requires knowledge of the complex linkages and impacts of microenterprise development and microfinance on economic growth, trade, rural and urban employment, health, political power and poverty reduction. More specifically, it requires knowledge and experience of microfinance institutions, as well as the application of innovative approaches to the delivery of financial services, and knowledge of the legal and regulatory policy issues relevant to microfinance clients and the institutions that serve them.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    The employee will serve as a senior advisor providing technical backstopping and intellectual leadership to the Agency on activities pertaining to better mobilizing remittances to assist in development and poverty reduction. In this capacity, s/he: Plans, develops, and implements program/project development activities that affect broad mission areas as they relate to poverty reduction programs. Activities include assisting nascent diaspora groups who have not yet formed a strong vision; working closely with other technical teams such as those in the agriculture office; designing and overseeing focused research and development activities to advance the field’s understanding of the linkages among migration, remittances, and poverty reduction; assisting in training USAID staff and partners on best practices for engaging diasporas and channeling remittances, understanding at the outset the challenges of reaching lagging rural communities that are often the communities or origin for many migrants both domestic and international. This includes designing and managing technical support instruments that provide assistance for diaspora groups.

    To apply, please send a) a current resume and b) a supplemental statement that addresses individually your experience and qualifications in each of the Required Skill Areas listed below:

    N.B. Applications that do not include a supplemental statement addressing individually each of the required skills will not be considered.

    Required Skills:

    An advanced degree in the social sciences and five or more years of experience with remittance and diaspora programs, some of which should be in a non-U.S. setting.
    Work experience in a developing country preferably with or funded by a donor agency.
    Mastery of a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods related to program effectiveness or the improvement of complex management processes and systems.
    Comprehensive knowledge of financial policies and regulations connected to remittance flows and migration policies and regulations and migration trends linked to both the United States and Europe.
    Knowledge of the microfinance industry, legislation, and regulation and supervision of microfinance institutions; understanding of the interplay of facts and analysis, government policies and foreign policy interests; and bureaucratic and personal dynamics that shape the positions of such groups.
    Knowledge of agency program goals and objectives, the sequence and timing of key program events and milestones, and methods of evaluating the worth of program accomplishments.
    Skill in planning, organizing, and directing team study work and negotiating effectively with management to accept and implement recommendations where the proposals involve substantial agency resources, require extensive changes in established procedures, or may be in conflict with the desires of the activity studied.
    Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to interact and speak authoritatively at policy, agency, and technical levels, with a wide range of senior decision-makers in public and private meetings. Excellent communication skills, including oral, written, and presentation skills.

    The incumbent must be a U.S. citizen and be able to secure a clearance at least at the secret level.

    Program Officer: Sarah Librea

    FAX: (202) 690-1957

    E-Mail Address: [email protected]

    *NOTE* You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.

    This notice expires close of business June 27, 2009.
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    Job Title: Senior Trade and Economic Advisor (Afghanistan/Pakistan Task Force)

    Grade: GS-0301-15

    Area of Consideration: All Sources.

    If competitively selected, USDA employees may be able to be detailed from their home USDA agency (which would be reimbursed for personnel costs plus administrative costs), retain their career status, and return to their home unit at the conclusion of the assignment. Qualified employees of the Land Grant University System are encouraged to apply.

    The position is administratively assigned to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, Office of Capacity Building and Development, Development Resources and Disaster Assistance Division, Post Conflict and Disaster Assistance Branch (FAS/OCBD/DRDA/PCDA), but will be located at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Ronald Reagan Building, in Washington, DC, assigned to the Middle East bureau’s Technical Support Office (ME/TS) and serving both Asia and the Middle East. As part of the ME /TS’ economic growth team, and in collaboration with other USAID bureaus, such as EGAT and DCHA, the Senior Trade and Economic Specialist will provide senior-level guidance and direction to the Afghanistan-Pakistan Task Force and USAID Missions in the region in the development, management, implementation, and evaluation of activities and programs related to the promotion of and expansion of local, indigenous economic activity in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and neighboring USAID-assisted countries, with an emphasis on trade-led agricultural diversification and expanding opportunities for the rural poor to contribute to and benefit from trade-led growth. The Specialist will draw upon USDA’s unique expertise in developing linkages with U.S. agribusiness, educational and scientific organizations in pursuit of economic development goals. Frequent travel to Afghanistan and Pakistan and will be required.

    To apply, please send: (1) a supplemental statement with paragraph descriptions of qualifications that directly address each of the ten Required Skills listed below; and (2) your current resume of experience and qualifications to the Program Officer listed below. NOTE: Applications that do not include the supplemental statement addressing the required skills will not be considered.

    Required Skills:

    1. Mastery knowledge of the complex linkages in agricultural and rural development policy and programs, including the impacts of expanded agricultural technology development, trade, financial services and rural infrastructure on rural and urban employment, and economic growth.

    2. Knowledge of the dynamics of and differing policy structures for implementing macro/micro economic theory in the developing country context as well as interests involved in regional development and political organizations, including understanding of the interplay of facts and analysis; government policies and foreign policy interests; and bureaucratic and personal dynamics that shape the positions of such groups.

    3. Expert academic knowledge of the research processes in the private and public sectors and on current and state-of-the-art development theories.

    4. Facilitate collaboration between research/policy partners from different countries as well as to work collaboratively with representatives of different types of institutions, including government, universities, and the private sector.

    5. Strong communication skills—orally, in written form, and in the form of computer or other presentations as well as strong interpersonal and team building skills, including strong negotiating skills both within the organization and with outside groups.

    6. Ability to effectively and quickly identify, articulate, and present positions that are favorable to USAID agricultural development and poverty reduction interests, while meeting the needs of and being consistent with the interests of other USG agencies, and host country and international groups.

    7. Ability to interpret and understand diverse viewpoints, perspectives, and interests – not always recorded in formal policies and positions – among different Bureaus of USAID; different USG agencies (and bureaus or sections within those agencies); trade, business and NGO groups; multilateral agencies; host country governments and private sector groups; and regional and international groups.

    8. Ability to identify common ground and congruence of interests within and among groups to find negotiating room that meets USAID and USG needs, while also responding to concerns of other groups.

    9. Ability to interact and speak authoritatively, at policy, Agency and technical levels, with a wide range of senior decision-makers in public and private meetings. Professional stature that commands respect and secures cooperation between program partners and constituents in the international community.

    10. Knowledge of USDA, State, Commerce, and USTR positions/approaches to agricultural development, trade, capacity building, and economic development. Understanding of the incentives, concerns, and motivations of both private firms and trade associations and officials of host government, donor, and multilateral agencies. Professional knowledge of development analysis tools, developments and practices.

    Program Officer: Junko Williams

    Mailing Address: USDA/FAS/OCBD/DRDA/PCDA, 14th & Independence Ave. S.W., Room 3208-S, STOP 1033, Washington, D.C. 20250-1033

    Telephone: (202) 690-1921

    FAX: (202) 690-1953

    E-Mail Address: [email protected]

    *NOTE* You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position and be able to be security cleared to work in the Ronald Reagan Building.

    This notice expires close of business June 27, 2009.

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    Job Title: International Agricultural Development Specialist

    Grade: GS-0101-13 (24 month temporary Schedule B appointment, with possible extension up to 5 years) (Multiple positions may be filled)

    Area of Consideration: All Sources

    This position is located in the Development Resources Disaster Assistance Division’s Agricultural Market Systems Development Branch (AMSD). Requires close coordination with program funding partners (USAID, State Department, and others) to develop and oversee implementation of projects designed to extend USDA’s capacity in agricultural extension and market systems to developing countries worldwide. Up to about 25 percent of the work involves overseas travel, typically for several missions per year, two to three weeks duration each.

    Incumbent is required to effectively communicate U.S. Government policy. More specifically, incumbent provides solid technical information for program development with stakeholders on USDA’s well-developed capacity in agricultural extension (including with U.S. colleges and universities) and agricultural market systems (e.g. marketing information, grades and standards, statistics, etc).

    Using results-oriented management, incumbent is required to oversee all aspects of project activity implementation. Working in tandem with project team staff (program assistants, other counterparts, director staff), incumbent organizes and oversees all tasks required for assigned projects; also included are budgeting, financial oversight, and accounting, as well as monitoring and evaluation of project results.

    Required Skills

    Education: University degree or equivalent related experience in managing international agricultural development projects.

    Prior work experience: Demonstrated international development experience and experience in agricultural market systems development (e.g. marketing information, grades and standards, statistics, etc.) and experience with agricultural extension preferably but not required.

    Personnel and fiscal management: Progressively responsible experience in fiscal project management, accounting and report preparation and management of personnel. Knowledge of U.S.G. requirements on foreign assistance, and USDA procedures.

    Skills and abilities: Proven effective interpersonal relations and communication skills, ability to lead, supervise and effectively negotiate with senior-level officials on sensitive policy matters. Skilled in planning, organizing, managing and evaluation technically complex projects. Ability to write concise, informative reports, briefing materials, and talking points on complex subjects, with short lead times. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in cross-cultural situations; work effectively with large organizations; and be familiar with USDA organizational structure and procedures.

    To Apply: Please submit the following: a) a cover letter that directly and separately addresses each of the Required Skills listed above; and b) a current resume or OF-612. All documentation should be sent to the Administrative Contact listed below and received by 5:00 PM (EST) the closing date of this announcement.

    Hiring Arrangements: USDA employees may be able to be detailed from their home USDA agency, retain their career status, and return to their home agency at the conclusion of the assignment.

    Administrative Contact: Mark Hawthorne

    E-mail address: [email protected]

    Telephone: 202-690-1522

    Fax: 202-720-6364

    Mailing Address: U.S. Department of Agriculture, FAS/OCBD/DRDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 3208-S, STOP 1033, Washington, DC 20250-1033.

    NOTE: You must be a U.S. citizen to be selected for this position.

    This announcement expires close of business 5:00 PM (EST) June 30, 2009.

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    Job Title: International Program Specialist

    Grade: GS-0301-13

    Area of Consideration: All sources, including Schedule B employees

    The individual will be assigned to the Trade and Scientific Capacity Building Division, OCBD/FAS, which is responsible for promoting economic development and international trade through the provision of technical assistance to foreign governments and the private industries in emerging markets and transition economies. The incumbent provides programmatic management for coordinating trade capacity building and development activities across USDA and U.S. government. He/she is also involved in the development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of various technical assistance activities primarily in animal health, including training programs, technical workshops, and programs that offer support to the development of policies, institutions, and market infrastructure in emerging markets.

    Required Skills:

    Ability to develop and implement domestic and foreign training workshops for audiences from developing countries.

    Training and experience with international program direction, management, multi-agency coordination, and strategic planning.

    Ability to lead a small team of highly specialized to implement technical trainings and manage administrative workload within the project support team.

    Training and experience in domestic and international (especially developing countries and emerging markets) agricultural sectors, policies, regulatory systems, market-based agricultural institutions, economics, agribusiness, and rural development.

    Knowledge of key domestic and international institutions and NGOs involved in international agricultural development, including the World Trade Organization, OIE, World Bank, USAID, FAO, etc., with which to leverage resources and identify joint opportunities for collaboration.

    Skill in written and oral communication. Ability to develop and maintain effective interpersonal relations.

    Preferred Skill:

    Candidates with experience and/or academic background in sanitary and/or phytosanitary (animal and plant health and food safety) are encouraged to apply.

    Some fluency in a foreign language native to a developing country or transition economy is highly desirable.

    To apply, please send: 1) a cover letter that describes your abilities in each of the above listed Required Skills listed above (one paragraph for each is acceptable); and 2) a current résumé of experience and qualifications to the contact by the date listed at the end of the announcement. E-mail strongly preferred.

    Program Officer: Erik Anderson

    Division: OCBD/TSCB

    E-Mail Address: [email protected]

    Mailing Address: USDA/FAS/OCBD/STOP #1032, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, room 3250-S, Washington, DC 20250-1032

    Telephone: (202) 690-1858

    FAX: (202) 690-3982

    **NOTE** You must be a U.S. citizen to be selected for this position.

    This announcement expires at the close of business on July 3, 2009.

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    Job Title: International Trade Specialist

    Grade: GS-1140-13

    Area of Consideration: All sources, including Schedule B employees

    The individual will be assigned to the Trade and Scientific Capacity Building Division, OCBD/FAS, which is responsible for promoting economic development and international trade through the provision of technical assistance to foreign governments and the private industries in emerging markets and transition economies. The incumbent provides programmatic management for coordinating trade capacity building and development activities across USDA and U.S. government. He/she is also involved in the development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of various technical assistance activities primarily in animal health, including training programs, technical workshops, and programs that offer support to the development of policies, institutions, and market infrastructure in emerging markets.

    Required Skills:

    Ability to develop and implement domestic and foreign training workshops for audiences from developing countries.

    Training and experience with international program direction, management, multi-agency coordination, and strategic planning.

    Ability to lead a small team of highly specialized to implement technical trainings and manage administrative workload within the project support team.

    Training and experience in domestic and international (especially developing countries and emerging markets) agricultural sectors, policies, regulatory systems, market-based agricultural institutions, economics, agribusiness, and rural development.

    Knowledge of key domestic and international institutions and NGOs involved in international agricultural development, including the World Trade Organization, OIE, World Bank, USAID, FAO, etc., with which to leverage resources and identify joint opportunities for collaboration.

    Skill in written and oral communication. Ability to develop and maintain effective interpersonal relations.

    Preferred Skill:

    Candidates with experience and/or academic background in sanitary and/or phytosanitary (animal and plant health and food safety) are encouraged to apply.

    Some fluency in a foreign language native to a developing country or transition economy is highly desirable.

    To apply, please send: 1) a cover letter that describes your abilities in each of the above listed Required Skills listed above (one paragraph for each is acceptable); and 2) a current résumé of experience and qualifications to the contact by the date listed at the end of the announcement. E-mail strongly preferred.

    Program Officer: Erik Anderson

    Division: OCBD/TSCB

    E-Mail Address: [email protected]

    Mailing Address: USDA/FAS/OCBD/STOP #1032, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, room 3250-S, Washington, DC 20250-1032

    Telephone: (202) 690-1858

    FAX: (202) 690-3982

    **NOTE** You must be a U.S. citizen to be selected for this position.

    This announcement expires at the close of business on July 3, 2009.

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    Job Title: International Affairs Specialist/International Training Specialist

    Grade: GS-0131-11, GS-0301-11 (two positions)

    Area of Consideration: All Sources

    The individuals will be assigned to the Trade and Scientific Exchanges Division, OCBD/FAS, which manages and coordinates short-term trade capacity building and scientific exchanges through the Cochran Fellowship Branch and the Scientific Exchanges Branch. The Trade and Scientific Exchanges Division designs and manages two week to six month training programs aimed at building trade and scientific capacities and establishing relationships that advance international trade agreements and two-way trade in over 70 countries.

    The individuals will be assigned to either the Scientific Exchanges Branch or the Cochran Fellowship Branch, and will be responsible for developing and managing training programs in the U.S. for international public and private sector agriculturalists in areas related to agricultural research, agricultural trade, marketing, policy and technology transfer among others. Primary responsibilities include planning, developing, arranging, coordinating and evaluating training programs in agricultural disciplines for international participants. Other tasks may be assigned as appropriate by the Branch Chief.

    The volume of work limits the ability of the incumbent to delegate administrative duties to lower-graded positions. Thus, there is a significant administrative workload integral to the position, including but not limited to the following activities: reviewing applications and preparing biographies of candidates, writing scopes of work for training providers, providing participant orientations, ensuring that expenditures are properly obligated and that budgets are reconciled in a timely manner, managing a variety of obligating documents (procurement requests, cooperative agreements, fund cite cables, maintenance checks, etc.), preparing weekly program highlights, contributing to briefing papers and maintaining regular contact with training providers.

    Candidates with a college degree are preferable for this position.

    Required Skills:

    Candidates should have at least a Bachelor’s degree with relevant training and/or experience in agriculture, economics, natural resources, international trade and/or international development/relations sufficient to apply that knowledge in the development and implementation of appropriate international training programs. Proficiency in a major foreign language and overseas experience is preferable but not required. Equivalent experience can be substituted for academic qualifications.

    Knowledge of U.S. educational institutions and/or agricultural businesses that have strong agricultural education, research, and training programs.

    Experience in planning and carrying out management, administrative and fiscal tasks (including budget monitoring) surrounding the planning and development of agricultural training programs for international participants. Ability to handle multiple tasks with close attention to detail.

    Knowledge of the developmental and educational needs of middle-income countries or emerging democracies as well as the role of training as a tool to help meet those needs.

    Skills in interpersonal relationships to effectively maintain working relations with individuals from universities, other USDA agencies, trade associations, international organizations, the U.S. private sector, and foreign governments and participants.

    A solid working knowledge of micro-computer uses and skill in using word processing software, databases and telecommunications systems. Ability to generate high quality reports and memos from database programs in a timely manner.

    To apply: Send (via e-mail, fax, or postal services) the following information to the Program Officer listed below no later than the expiration date of this announcement:

    1. A cover letter that describes your abilities, separately and individually, for each of the above listed “required skills”.

    2. A current resume.

    N.B. Applications that do not include a statement addressing individually each of the required skills will not be considered. E-mail submissions are preferred.

    You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position and must be able to qualify (after starting) for a security clearance at the secret level.

    Program Officer: Ericka Jones

    Division: USDA/FAS/OCBD/Trade and Scientific Exchanges Division

    Telephone: (202) 690-0775

    FAX: (202) 690-0892

    Email: [email protected]

    Mailing Address: USDA/FAS/OCBD/Trade & Scientific Exchanges Division, South Agricultural Building, Room 3229-South; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Ag. Stop 1031, Washington, DC 20250

    This announcement expires close of business July 24, 2009.

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