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Job Title:Research Agricultural Economist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Economic Research Service

Job Announcement Number:ERS-M13N-0003

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, October 09, 2012 to Tuesday, November 06, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0110-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current federal employees with competitive status, reinstatement eligibles and others under special hiring authorities. (Applicants NOT in these groups should apply to Delegated Examining vacancy announcement # ERS-D13N-0002).

JOB SUMMARY:

The Economic Research Service (ERS) conducts broad programs of economic and other social science research and analysis relating to agriculture, food, natural resources and rural America for use by public and private decision makers.  ERS' clients are the executive and legislative branches; environmental, consumer and public interest groups, including farm and industry groups; and the general public.

The mission of the Market and Trade Economics Division (MTED) is to conduct research on U.S. and global economic factors affecting markets for agricultural products. The MTED research program includes analysis of domestic program and trade policy alternatives, special studies of emerging developments in domestic and international markets, development and dissemination of market information, and commodity and trade forecasts and projections. Data indicators, forecasts, and special studies are disseminated to policy makers, program officials, and the public in publications, briefings, and electronic products.

The Agricultural Policy and Models Branch (APMB) examines factors, trends and prospects for U.S. and global agriculture, and studies the effects of policy changes and shocks on agricultural supply, demand, trade, and prices. The branch performs part of these activities in collaboration with analysts from other branches to develop, document, maintain, and coordinate U.S. agricultural sector and global modeling systems. The branch maintains models to support long-term projection efforts, assists commodity branches with commodity analysis, and supports select assessments of U.S. and global impacts of regional trade, production, and policy developments. Agricultural and trade policy analyses by APMB staff include preparation of Department estimates of aggregate measures of support and producer subsidy equivalents for U.S. agriculture. The branch provides analysis for the Agency and Department activities, and collaborates with other branches on agricultural sector and trade studies.


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation

DUTIES:

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The incumbent's principal responsibilities include applying economic theory, database management and modeling methods to evaluate impacts of U.S. and global agricultural policies. The incumbent will work with a team of senior economists, program specialists, and modelers to provide the analytical frameworks needed for medium- and long-term outlook activities, as well as to support the Agency's economic analysis and research on policy and technical factors affecting U.S. and global agriculture and food. This includes helping plan, develop, and operate a linked system of country and regional models to facilitate global, price-endogenous analyses of alternative assumption sets regarding price, nonprice, and policy variables. In cooperation with regional and commodity analysts, the incumbent contributes to the development and maintenance of country agricultural sector models, and in training regional analysts in their use. The individual may also perform research and staff analysis assignments on the longer term impacts of price and nonprice factors and policies on regional and global markets and may serve on teams researching larger, more complex short- and long-term analyses.

Specifically, the incumbent is responsible for developing and maintaining rigorous economic models used for analyzing medium- and long- term agricultural supply, demand and trade for the U.S. and major foreign countries.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for the GS-12 you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. Specialized experience is demonstrated by 1) ability to plan and coordinate a program of complex economic research, analysis and outlook relevant to food, agricultural, or resource markets; 2) knowledge of microeconomics and quantitative analysis and: 3) skill in communicating economic concepts and research results.

or

2. Possess a PhD. or equivalent doctoral degree in combination with experience.

 


MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENT

To be minimally qualified for this position you must meet one of the Basic Qualifications listed below.

All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions. If qualifying based on education, you MUST submit transcripts.

A) Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus , or related disciplines appropriate to the position;

OR

B) A combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with courses equivalent to a major in economics, as mentioned above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under merit promotion procedures.


Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made.  Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.  Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire.  We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:

·         Research

·         Quantitative Analysis

·         Communication

·         Modeling Research

Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire.  High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.

Displaced/Surplus Employees :  Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section.  Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.  CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.


BENEFITS:

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A benefits package is authorized for this position. CLICK HERE for more information concerning federal benefits.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Selective Service System:
Males over age 18 who were born after December 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for Federal employment.
CLICK HERE for further information.

Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment:
If you are selected for this position, you will be required to complete this form before an offer may be made.
CLICK HERE to access the Optional Form 306.

Financial Disclosure Requirement:
The Research, Education and Economics (REE) agencies inspire public confidence in our missions by maintaining high ethical principles. Employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as described on the
REE Ethics Webpage. You may be required to submit a financial disclosure report if hired for this position.

False Statements:
If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.

Reasonable Accommodation:
Reasonable accommodation is provided to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on (202) 855-1234 (TDD). The decision to grant reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, November 06, 2012.  You must apply online or by fax (see below for details).  Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted.   Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions.

Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:

Option A:  Online Application

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  From USAJOBS, you will be routed to Application Manager.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload (or reuse) supporting documents.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

If you need technical assistance with the online application process, please send an e-mail to
ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov.

Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, use the following link: 
https://applicationmanager.gov/.  Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager.

To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:
1. Click here to print a fax cover page
2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using Vacancy ID 763368.  Documents will not be processed if information is missing.
3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Option B:  Fax

If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.

1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print the 1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire, and  
3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:
• Assessment questionnaire (completed online or submitted by fax using the 1203FX)
• Resume (OF-612 will not be accepted)


In addition, you may need to submit supplemental documentation (as outlined below).  Failure to submit supplemental information by the closing date of this announcement will result in the loss of the particular consideration you are requesting.

Merit Promotion:  If you are a current or previous Federal employee with competitive status and would like to be considered for this position, you must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 and performance appraisal.  Additionally, if you are requesting consideration for non-competitive eligibility, but do not yet hold the full performance level of this position, you must submit an SF-50 that documents your full performance level.  Failure to do so may cause you to lose consideration for this position.

Special Hiring Authorities:  To be considered under special hiring authorities (e.g. Schedule A, VRA, 30% or More Disabled Veteran's Program, etc.), you must submit documentation that provides evidence of this eligibility.  For further information click here.

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA):  If you are applying to this position based on your eligibility through the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, you must submit documentation to support your eligibility.  Generally, this will be your DD-214.

Transcripts:  If you indicate that you possess any form of post-secondary education, you must submit transcripts detailing your coursework and/or degree(s). At the time your education was obtained, the entire institution, applicable school within the institution, or the applicable curriculum must have been appropriately accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. You may lose consideration for this position if you fail to provide this information. CLICK HERE for more information on this topic.

Foreign Education:  To receive credit for education outside the U.S., you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. There is normally a fee associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that are accredited to evaluate education, visit National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Ericka Moore
Phone: (301)504-1416
TDD: (202)855-1234
Email: ERICKA.MOORE@ARS.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
Economic Research Service
USDA/ARS
5601 Sunnyside Avenue Rm 3-1274A
Beltsville, MD
20705

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application package (including all required documents) is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The best qualified candidates will be referred for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.

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Job Announcement Number:

ERS-M13N-0003

Control Number:

328423000