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    These positions are located in the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Global Analysis (OGA). 

    The Global Commodity Analysis Division (GCAD) develops, coordinates and prepares short-term, global agricultural commodity analysis and reports for publication containing timely and reliable market information and data on production, consumption, trade, stocks and prices.  The Division provides the technical, market/commodity analysis support to the World Agricultural Outlook Board in maintaining the integrity and reliability of USDA’s commodity supply-demand database.  The Division also prepares timely estimates and analytical market reports for senior Agency and Department policy makers in support of USDA export programs, trade policies and market access issues. The Global Policy Analysis Division (GPAD) supports the Agency with timely analysis of agricultural trade-related issues. 

    These positions will serve to independently collect, review, evaluate and analyze foreign economic data and market information on the supply, demand, trade and prices of specified agricultural commodities as they impact U.S. export prospects.  In addition to performing complex, technical commodity analysis, incumbent is expected to have the systemic expertise to develop and maintain PS&D databases, oversee data integrity and help with the preparation and clearance of scheduled, published market reports. The incumbent can also expect to provide economic analysis and evaluation of trade policies and practices affecting the U.S. agriculture, agri-business, and agricultural-related products. Specifically, the position will be responsible for any of the following: developing, coordinating, and preparing analysis, forecasts and publications on global agricultural commodities, including world market prices; developing, coordinating, and preparing analysis, papers, briefings and strategy on market access issues, such as tariffs, tariff-rate quotas, licensing, and food safety and animal disease outbreaks; developing, coordinating, and preparing analysis for market development programs, trade capacity programs, and U.S. subsidy programs.

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

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    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:

    • Completes assignments from supervisors requiring conceptualization of market and/or trade policy developments, and the ability to transfer market intelligence into empirical statistical and graphical relationships.
    • Conducts foreign market/policy studies and analyses of world-wide supply, trade, marketing and consumption of agricultural commodities and products with emphasis on their impact directly or indirectly on U.S. exports.
    • Monitors, analyzes, and reports problems on foreign market developments, programs and policies which could affect the world outlook for the assigned commodity or commodities.  Presents these and other pertinent agricultural/economic developments to supervisor regarding priority of investigations and potential impact on U.S. exports.
    • Participates in all aspects of circular work, including data entry, table formation and conceptualizing of graphics.
    • Assists in the preparation of computer generated reports in the Division.
    • Helps prepare monthly, quarterly and annual trade estimates prepares reviews and obtains final clearance for said reports. These include, but are not limited to, circulars, country pages, quarterly trade report; International Trade Reports.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some domestic and overseas travel may be required.

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    Who May Apply

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    US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

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