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    This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion procedures on FASMP-18-0023. 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 Office of Global Analysis (OGA) 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. OGA 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. OGA 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.

    The incumbent serves as an expert in formulating and guiding major research efforts on multiple commodity problems and situations having a critical impact on U.S. agricultural trade.  The incumbent uses advanced statistical and econometric models and theories, and automated data and graphic processing techniques to explain and predict probable patterns of trade in assigned commodities. Incumbent’s responsibilities also include providing technical, analytical guidance to lower grade personnel on the analysis side of the division. 

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

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    Responsibilities

    The duties may include, but are not limited to:

    • Serves as an agricultural economist for research and analysis on the development and evaluation of policy options of complex issues that cut across agricultural trade and commodity areas. 
    • Responds to requests from FAS and TFAA Senior Leadership in framing options in areas where differences of opinion may be sharp, political consequences great, and public understanding of the issue very limited, and may be asked to frame options acting alone. 
    • Assists in the design, as well as administering, maintaining, updating, and improving complex statistical trade models that will be used for simulating multiple policy options that have the potential for impacting U.S. and international agricultural trade patterns.
    • Interprets model results and presents statistical results and policy options to senior FAS and USDA leadership.
    • Develops research methods and evaluation techniques for FAS to analyze the economic impact of relevant policy options. That encompasses both the technique of the analysis and the statistical quality of the data utilized. 
    • Plans, conducts, and coordinates analyses which include technical, economic, and legal matters involving numerous interrelated variables. The incumbent is responsible for publication and/or presentation of those analyses to various stakeholders to enhance understanding of those issues.
    • Demonstrates a strong interdisciplinary background, including the ability to interpret a variety of data from a broad range of scientific and nonscientific backgrounds. 
    • The incumbent is responsible for adequacy of data and analytical methods and for the relevance, completeness and reliability of results of policy and program studies, program evaluations, and economic impact analyses.
    • Incumbent is adept with statistics, econometrics, or agricultural sector modeling including the ability to plan, develop, and implement new products and approaches analyzing agricultural policy and trade issues. 

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    15

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

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

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