International Program Specialist

Department of Agriculture - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)4.2


Duties
Summary
The Food Assistance Division, Office of Capacity Building and Development, FAS is responsible for the formulation, development and monitoring of worldwide programs under USDA food aid authorities. The International Program Specialist is responsible for managing program requests and the impact on food assistance program development, evaluation, compliance, and reporting.

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

This is a term, time-limited appointment with an initial duration not to exceed 2 years; may be extended 2 more years.

Responsibilities
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:
Investigates, researches, and analyzes country program requests and U.S. Embassy recommendations in connection with the development and implementation of food aid to governments, private voluntary organizations, international organizations and other cooperating sponsors under USDA food aid authorities.
Negotiates and administers grant agreements with foreign governments, private voluntary organizations, and the World Food Program. Ensures that the agreements are cleared by the necessary programmatic, policy, and legal experts. Monitors the grants to ensure adherence to the legal requirements.
Compiles information and assists Branch Chief in the analysis and initial evaluation of reports, communications, publications, and other materials from private and governmental sources relating to stocks, production, consumption, foreign trade patterns, and related factors bearing on recipient country's import requirements. Applies progressively complex market analysis as needed to the validity and significance of these market factors as they pertain to food aid program decisions.
Assists in compiling, organizing, and presenting statistical, economic and market development, and background information essential to staff presentation, clearance, and implementation of specific country programs. Maintains contact with appropriate officials in overseas, commodity, fiscal, budgetary, and legal offices in FAS and other USDA agencies, and other agencies of the U.S. Government, for the purpose of obtaining market and economic intelligence, shipping information, legal counsel, and other information.
Drafts various required documents and replies to inquiries from the public and the industry and assists other branch personnel in formulating responses. Prepares comprehensive and well-documented reports of findings setting forth evidence and rationale for conclusions. Participates in evaluating the adequacy and efficacy of regulations, internal operational procedures and compliance systems as they pertain to policies, systems, methods and related practices dealing with the management and evaluation of food assistance programs. Makes recommendations for needed changes and improvements.
Reviews program reports, budgets and other documents, as assigned. Prepares Branch reports, briefs, and analysis required, including those dictated by Congress. Answers questions to assist U.S. program participants in establishing and implementing prescribed internal controls and reporting requirements.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Domestic and foreign travel may be required.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Who May Apply
This job is open to…
US Citizens; no prior Federal experience is required.
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)
0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program

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Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
US Citizenship is required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

Special Conditions:
Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
Position may be eligible for telework.

Qualifications
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.

FOR THE GS-09 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-07 level) that demonstrates:

Specialized Experience:
GS-9

Experience providing guidance and assistance to a variety of audiences such as top management officials, foreign governments, international agencies, and academic institutions on FAS functions, organizational missions, objectives and procedures.
Experience using negotiation techniques and principles to implement agreements and to assist foreign countries with the development of agricultural technical and trade capacities and standards or school meals programs.
Expertise in preparing position papers and meeting readouts related to export food assistance programs, agriculture, food, and trade issues.
OR a master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.B. or J.D., if related.

FOR THE GS-11 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

Specialized Experience:GS-11:
Ability to orally communicate and advocate on behalf of the USDA, for instance on export food assistance programs, or enforcement of international agreements with regard to food and agricultural products.
Experience managing international agricultural development or schools meals programs, including the performance of program planning and formulation, program implementation, budgeting, program monitoring and evaluation, program analysis, and program/project reporting.
Experience using negotiation techniques and principles to implement agreements and to assist foreign countries with the development of agricultural technical and trade capacities and standards or school meals programs.
Experience providing guidance and assistance to a variety of audiences such as top management officials, foreign governments, international agencies, and academic institutions on FAS functions, organizational missions, objectives and procedures.
Expertise in preparing position papers and meeting readouts related to export food assistance programs, agriculture, food, and trade issues.
OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related.

FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

Specialized Experience:
GS-12
Experience managing international agricultural development or schools meals programs, including the performance of program planning and formulation, program implementation, budgeting, program monitoring and evaluation, program analysis, and program/project reporting.
Experience using negotiation techniques and principles to implement agreements and to assist foreign countries with the development of agricultural technical and trade capacities and standards or school meals programs.
Experience providing guidance and assistance to a variety of audiences such as top management officials, foreign governments, international agencies, and academic institutions on FAS functions, organizational missions, objectives and procedures.
Expertise in preparing position papers and meeting readouts related to export food assistance programs, agriculture, food, and trade issues.
Extensive knowledge of and skill in interpreting export food assistance regulations, policies, and agreements, in order to present findings and develop recommendations.
Ability to orally communicate and advocate on behalf of the USDA, for instance on export food assistance programs, or enforcement of international agreements with regard to food and agricultural products.
There is no education substitution for this grade level.

TRANSCRIPTS are required if:
You are qualifying for the position based on education.
You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.
This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-9 & GS-11 GRADE LEVELs: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Administrative and Management Positions

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education
Please see above for educational qualification information.
Degrees required for education substitution for graduate or higher level education: International Relations, International Economics, International Business, International Trade, Business Administration or related degrees.

Additional information
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ . To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
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This is a bargaining unit designated position.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. The category rating procedure is used to rank and select eligible candidates. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined on applicants' quality of experience and the extend they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or competencies:

Ability to implement and manage international food assistance programs.
Knowledge of federally mandated grants and agreements management systems.
Knowledge of organizational structures, programs, and strategic priorities.
Ability to represent Agency and communicate the mission and goals.
Knowledge of various U.S. government and internationally based development agencies to plan and coordinate international food assistance programs in developing countries.
General knowledge of theories and practices of international program management to assist in implementing, coordinating, and evaluating international food assistance programs.
Familiarity of agricultural marketing and international trade issues, particularly matters related to economic and market development in developing countries.
Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Those determined to be in the best qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

Note : If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to and including removal from the Federal Service.

To view the application form, visit: https://fas.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=92224CF0-DA69-4D95-BF97-A91F00FFBD6B

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Secret

Required Documents

Required Documents
The following documents are required for your application to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted and digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or used as a substitute for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty. All education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at http://www.ed.gov . All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) If claiming veteran’s preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions that is signed no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. The certification must be on the letterhead of the appropriate military branch and include the dates of military service. Veteran’s preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran’s preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
If claiming 10-point veteran’s preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/
CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.
Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
Disability Annuity Termination : Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Benefits

Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.