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Job Title:Research Agricultural Economist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Economic Research Service

Job Announcement Number:ERS-S13N-0047

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 $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, August 05, 2013 to Tuesday, September 03, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0110-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

All US Citizens. Status Candidates, VEOA eligibles, and those eligible under noncompetitive or special appointing authorities should apply to vacancy announcement number ERS-M13N-0048.

JOB SUMMARY:

NOTE: This announcement is being extended to solicit additional applications.  If you applied previously, you need not reapply.

Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

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.

 

This position is located in the Economic Research Service (ERS), Food Economics Division (FED), Diet, Safety & Health Economics (DSHE) Branch, in Washington, DC. 

 

The Food Economics Division (FED) provides economic research, monitoring and statistical indicators, and staff and policy analysis of consumer, food marketing, and food assistance issues, including: consumption determinants and trends; consumer demand for food quality, safety, and nutrition; food security; food market competition and coordination; low-income assistance programs; and food safety regulation. The FED is the major provider of statistics and information on food availability, food prices, and food expenditures.

 

The Diet, Safety, and Health Economics (DSHE) Branch provides economic analysis related to consumer behavior and food choices; cost of unsafe food and poor diets; benefits of improved health, nutrition and food safety; role of regulation, public policy, education and information in affecting diets, food safety, and health outcomes; food demand and consumption trends; and time use for food shopping, preparation, and consumption. The Branch supports USDA decision making on programs and policies in the areas of food safety, nutrition, obesity, and consumer dietary behavior.

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 Economic Research Service (ERS) seeks an economist for a position involving research and analysis on food consumption and dietary behavior and disseminating these results to public and private decision-makers.  The incumbent will apply empirical econometric models to address food and consumer issues including: (1) regulatory issues, (2) consumers' cognitive biases and decision making and the interactions among firms, consumers, and government regulations in the presence of information problems and cognitive biases, (3) the economic impact of new technologies that reduce the costs of information, and (4) the demand for and supply of product attributes.

 

The incumbent’s assignment involves research on the economic factors that influence food marketing, food consumption, and related health and nutrition outcomes. The objectives are to: initiate, formulate, plan, and execute an integrated program of research and analysis addressing various complex economic problems relating to consumer food choice, food industry, food marketing, and food loss/waste.  This research will impact the broad area of issues relating to U.S. food consumption, dietary behaviors, diet-related morbidities and nutrition. Outcomes of the research will lead to published reports, staff reports, or briefings to top Agency and Departmental officials.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements:

 

Degree: A bachelor’s (or higher) degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.

 

OR

 

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 microeconomics and quantitative analysis techniques to the conduct of complex economic research, analysis and outlook relevant to food or commodity markets.

 

Or

 

Completed (or expect to complete within 9 months) 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 applying advanced microeconomics and quantitative analysis techniques to the conduct of complex economic research, analysis and outlook relevant to food, agricultural, or resource markets.

 

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 within 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 food economics issues such as food demand and consumption, diet and health, and nutrition and food safety.
  • Knowledge of advanced econometric analysis techniques.
  • Skill in formulating research plans, developing methodology, determining data needs, and defining resources needed to carry out complex economic research and analysis.
  • Skill in designing complex databases to create a statistically reliable dataset for complex econometric or simulation analysis.
  • Ability to communicate economic concepts and research results in professional forums or peer-reviewed publications.

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, September 03, 2013.  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.  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.

Note:
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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
937597.  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.

Veterans' Preference:  To determine your eligibility for Veterans' Preference, CLICK HERE.  To claim 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  To claim 10-point veterans' preference, submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, plus the documentation required by that form.

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:

Diane Wolf
Phone: (301)504-1366
Email: DIANE.WOLF@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-S13N-0047

Control Number:

348900600