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    This position located within the Market and Trade Economics Division (MTED), Agricultural Policy and Modeling Branch (APM). 

    MTED conducts research on U.S. and global economic factors affecting markets for agricultural products.  The program supplies information and analysis for decisions by USDA policy and program officials, other Executive Branch decision makers, and Congress and its staff. 

    APM provides an integrated and comprehensive view of the global agricultural economy and its relationship to U.S. agriculture, and provides decision-makers with data, projections, and analyses.  APM develops models and analytical frameworks designed to respond to agricultural and policy issues relevant to U.S. competitiveness.

    You will serve as an Agricultural Economist working in the area of data management, computer programming, and modeling analysis for the USDA Baseline. You will work directly with the Baseline Coordinators to assure effective delivery of timely, high quality products and analysis to the Office of the Secretary and other Departmental Officials. You will be responsible for providing authoritative technical analysis and managing and updating large datasets covering agricultural data for multiple countries and commodities. You will be responsible for linking these datasets to models of the agricultural sectors for multiple countries to produce long-run projections for the farm sector that cover agricultural commodities, agricultural trade, and aggregate indicators for the sector. You will also be responsible for managing, updating, and writing sophisticated computer programs that are used to produce the projections.



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    Responsibilities

    Major Duties may include, but are not limited to:

    Identifies the problems that need to be addressed by economic analysis in the incumbent’s assigned areas of study and takes initiative to address those problems.

    Coordinates activities with other staff to identify and address important interactions within assigned areas of study. Identifies and analyzes factors shaping the evolution of assigned areas of study. Prepares major or entire sections of assigned areas in various publications and/or other information resources.

    Participates with the supervisor, the Baseline Coordinators (Domestic, International, and Modeling coordinators), and others in identifying analysis to be done, which may involve joint efforts with subject matter experts in the agency, other government agencies, or research organizations.

    Plans and organizes projects and studies, determines approaches, and selects analytical methods and theories to achieve desired objectives. The incumbent is responsible for formulating research plans, developing methodology, determining data needs, and defining resources needed to carry out complex economic research and analysis.

    Provides authoritative technical analysis, managing and updating large datasets covering agricultural data for multiple countries and commodities; linking these datasets to models of the agricultural sectors for multiple countries to produce long-run projections for the farm sector that cover agricultural commodities, agricultural trade, and aggregate indicators for the sector; managing, updating, and writing sophisticated computer programs that are used to produce the projections.

    Collects, edits, analyzes, evaluates, and interprets published and unpublished data pertinent to assignments; Identifies and studies data sources needed for analysis of assigned areas of study and determines the strengths and weeknesses of those data sources.

    Assembles or oversees the assembly of relevant data (datasets/databases), and uses sophisticated methods in the development of analysis. Uses empirical methods (economic, mathematical, and statistical) to analyze structural models of agricultural sectors and link them across countries to determine market clearing prices.

    Takes the overall lead in assembling and maintaining multi-year datasets ensuring data quality; developing protocols for data editing processes and other identification; and identifying and proposing solutions for new and unexpected data challenges.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

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

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