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    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), International Services (IS) supports the Agency's mission overseas by safeguarding the health of animals, plants, and ecosystems in the United States and facilitating agricultural trade. APHIS IS seeks candidates for the APHIS Foreign Service Officer (FSO) training program. Candidates that complete the required training program and fulfill all mandatory qualifications are eligible to become APHIS, Foreign Service Officers.

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    • The duties may include, but are not limited to:
    • Participates in the analysis of agricultural conditions, government policies, and regulatory processes affecting the agricultural market and import/export interests of U.S. stakeholders.
    • Participates in the compilation, review, and analysis of technical reports on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues and their effects.
    • Address specific SPS concerns with host countries; may include negotiations in conjunction with the APHIS programs when trade issues focus on animal and plant health and quarantine matters.
    • Incumbent manages international SPS trade issues with APHIS programs. Incumbent will plan, coordinate, or conduct analyses relevant to trade issues in the host country.
    • Trainees receive broad, hand-on exposure to APHIS programs and build a network of program contacts that will help them represent APHIS effectively in a multilateral environment overseas.
    • Prepares briefing memoranda, correspondence, briefing books, market profiles and other background information for APHIS, USDA, and other entities on a variety of subjects.
    • Prepares oral/written briefings as required, with thorough analysis of political, policy options and strategies.
    • Participates in the identification, monitoring, and removal of technical, sanitary and phytosanitary barriers to agricultural trade.
    • Investigates, researches, prepares, and gives advisories identifying animal disease, pest alerts, new regulations and other updates affecting all entities of export/import trade.

    Travel Required

    75% or less - Domestic and international travel is required to complete the FSO training program

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/547352100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.