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    This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion procedures on <FASMP-18-0021>. Disabled Veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities can apply to the Merit Promotion announcement if they meet criteria for the above and include supporting documents.

    The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) works to improve foreign market access for U.S. products, build new markets, improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace, provide market intelligence on the U.S. and global agricultural situation, and deliver food aid and technical assistance to foreign countries.

    The Global Policy Analysis Division (GPAD) is responsible for developing and conducting studies and analyses of worldwide production, trade and marketing to provide industry and government with realistic economic appraisals and interpretations of the changing agricultural production, trade and consumption patterns for assigned commodities or issues. GPAD is also responsible for developing and conducting worldwide agricultural reporting programs for compilation, analysis, and evaluation of economic data on production, trade, stocks, prices, consumption and other factors affecting the development of foreign market outlets for assigned commodities. GPAD assesses and analyzes bilateral and multilateral trade policies in order to determine the potential impacts on prices, production and trade on U.S. producers and exporters.

    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 may include, but are not limited to:

    • Completes analytical assignments presented in problem form requiring conceptualization of complex market, economic and/or trade policy aspects that require extensive market analysis and/or sophisticated data manipulation.
    • Conducts comprehensive economic studies and price analyses of world-wide production, trade, marketing, and consumption of agricultural commodities with emphasis on those factors and conditions relating directly or indirectly to U.S. exports.
    • Develops, maintains, and administers statistical and econometric models with the aim of estimating trade, price, and welfare impacts of alternative policy scenarios.
    • Identifies, defines, analyzes, and reports problems of major importance such as foreign political, social, economic, or agricultural developments, trends or policies, which could affect the world outlook.
    • Coordinates and develops written summaries of research. Represents FAS in commodity committees. Explains results to representatives of U.S. Government agencies, representatives of foreign governments, domestic and foreign producers.
    • Mentors and leads junior analysts in their learning of global grain analyses, database systems, preparing for circular articles and written reports, forecasting export levels and building a network of industry and government contacts.
    • Travels in the United States to remain abreast of the latest agronomic practices and information. Travels abroad to evaluate trade prospects in key countries, develops industry contacts, builds the Agency’s base of foreign commodity market expertise, and performs other duties required by the position.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some domestic and international travel is required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

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

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