Tuesday, May 27, 2008

International Program Specialist

Grade: GS-0301-13

Area of Consideration: All sources, including Schedule B employees

Approximate Start Date: ASAP

The individual will be assigned to the Regulatory and Capacity Building Branch of the Trade and Scientific Capacity Building Division, OCBD/FAS, which is responsible for promoting trade through the provision of technical assistance to foreign governments and the private industries in emerging markets and transition economies. The incumbent provides programmatic management for coordinating animal health related trade capacity building activities across the agency, USDA, and U.S. government. He/she is also involved in the development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of various animal health related technical assistance activities, including training programs, technical workshops, and programs that offer support to the development of policies, institutions, and market infrastructure in emerging markets. Domestic and international travel is required.

Required Skills:

Ability to develop and implement domestic and foreign training workshops for audiences from developing countries.

Training and experience with international program direction, management, multi-agency coordination, and strategic planning.

Ability to lead a small team of individuals working on the same projects and manage workload within the team.

Training and experience in domestic and international (especially developing countries and emerging markets) agricultural sectors, policies, regulatory systems, market-based agricultural institutions, economics, agribusiness, and rural development.

Knowledge of key domestic and international institutions and NGOs involved in international agricultural development, including the World Trade Organization, World Bank, USAID, FAO, etc., with which to leverage resources and identify joint opportunities for collaboration.

Skill in written and oral communication. Ability to develop and maintain effective interpersonal relations.

Preferred Skill:

Some fluency in a foreign language native to a developing country or transition economy is highly desirable.

To apply, please send: 1) a cover letter that describes your abilities in each of the above listed Required Skills listed above (one paragraph for each is acceptable); and 2) a current résumé of experience and qualifications to the contact by the date listed at the end of the announcement.

Contact: Chad Wesen

Division: OCBD/TSCB

E-Mail Address: Chad.Wesen@FAS.USDA.GOV

Mailing Address: USDA/FAS/ICD/STOP #1093, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, room 3250-S, Washington, DC 20250-1093

Telephone: (202) 690-1339

FAX: (202) 690-3982

**NOTE** You must be a U.S. citizen to be selected for this position.

This announcement expires at the close of business on June 9, 2008.

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