Degree: A bachelors (or higher) degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
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 listed above:
GS-12: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience applying advanced economic research methodologies to the conduct of research on the economic conditions and domestic and trade policy alternatives that influence domestic and international commodity and food demand, supply, and trade patterns.
Completed (or expect to complete by December 31, 2013) a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in agricultural economics or related discipline
GS-13: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience conducting research on the policies and trends that affect international trade in food products, with particular emphasis on consumer concerns and trends that affect the markets for various food products and regulations that affect international trade flows.
Education and experience may be combined for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement; however, applications can be accepted from students who expect to complete qualifying education requirements by December 31, 2013 and must report no later than 9 months from the closing date of this announcement. It must be verified that education was completed successfully before the applicant can be appointed. All other 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:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating Procedures. Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. 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:
- Knowledge of advanced agriculture economics, microeconomics and quantitative analysis techniques.
- Knowledge of the agricultural and food sector, including food marketing and distribution, and their effects on agricultural production, consumption, marketing, trade, and changing competitiveness in world markets.
- Skill in drafting comprehensive reports and papers that provided recommendations in a complex and critical area of commodity analysis.
- Ability to conduct research on emerging issues regarding international agricultural trade policies.
- Skill in presenting briefings or conducting high level conferences on technical and complex agricultural economic research issues.
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.