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    This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion procedures on FASMP-18-0058. 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 Agreements and Scientific Affairs (OASA) of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is part of a dynamic agency working on international agricultural issues with a staff including economists, scientists, lawyers, and international relations experts.  In addition to headquarters staff, FAS is a foreign service agency with offices all over the world.  OASA provides trade policy advocacy for U.S. food and agriculture through the negotiation, monitoring and enforcement of international trade agreements, the prevention and resolution of non-tariff trade barriers, and the promotion of global, rules-based systems to facilitate trade.  The OASA motto is, “Building Solutions that Open markets.” 

    Functionally, this includes participating in international negotiations, monitoring and enforcing trade agreements, developing trade policy and strategies, working with international law and international legal instruments, addressing technical and sanitary phytosanitary barriers to trade, and facilitating communication between foreign governments and U.S. trade agencies (i.e., USTR) and regulatory agencies (i.e., APHIS, FSIS, FDA, EPA).  These positions could reside in one of several divisions within OASA, such as the International Regulations and Standards Division (IRSD) or the Processed Products and Technical Regulations Division (PPTRD). 
    OASA is looking for regulatory, legal, international relations, science, and/or economics experience.  

    This position requires a secret security clearance. The incumbent must be able to maintain this clearance while in this position.

    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:

    • Working with FAS overseas officers, other U.S. government agencies, the U.S. agricultural industry, foreign governments, and international organizations (e.g., the World Trade Organization’s  Committee on Agriculture, Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Committee, and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee) to develop solutions to difficult trade issues.
    • Reviewing and evaluating agreements, legislation, and policies in order to promote reliance on international standards and adherence to international obligations in the areas of sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical barriers to trade, and animal health. 
    • Analyzing legislation, regulations, trade rules, international legal instruments, or policy studies including specific measures related to tariffs, export competition, domestic support, and subsidies;
    • Preparing memoranda, briefing papers and other written material that capture key developments affecting trade in agricultural and food products.
    • Conducts in-depth analysis for use in the formulation of U.S. agricultural trade policy positions and recommendations developed by FAS.
    • Monitoring, coordinating and developing U.S. positions for international standards-setting bodies such as the Codex Alimentarius, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the WTO TBT and SPS Committees.
    • Assisting with the development of international outreach activities to facilitate trade.
    • Representing the trade policy interests of USDA in interagency meetings and meetings with U.S. industry representatives or foreign government officials. 

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Both domestic and international travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

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

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    1140 Trade Specialist

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