Foreign Agricultural Affairs Officer (Trainee)


Vacancy ID: 807633   Announcement Number: UF807633 FAS SG   USAJOBS Control Number: 336167800

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1. Title of Job

Foreign Agricultural Affairs Officer
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

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7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

11
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11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

17. Service Computation Date

18. Other Date Information

19. Job Preference

How did you hear about this vacancy announcement?  Please choose only one answer.
1 Advertisement
2 Career Fair
3 College/University Career Fair
4 Local Job Service Center
5 MANRRS
6 Professional Association Conference
7 USDA Agency Official
8 www.usajobs.opm
9 Other Source

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21. Geographic Availability

110010001 Washington DC, DC

22. Transition Assistance Plan

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23. Job Related Experience

24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Respond to the following questions. Mark only one response for each question. Any experience claimed in response to the following questions MUST be supported by information in your written application (resume, OF-612, or SF-171). This information must be SPECIFIC, (i.e., duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments). Failure to provide this supporting documentation may result in receipt of a lower or ineligible rating.

1. From the descriptions below, select the letter that corresponds to the highest level of education or experience that you fully possess and that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position at the GS-11 level. Select only one letter. (Note: One year of specialized experience is based on a 40-hour workweek. If you have worked less than 40 hours per week, you must prorate your experience.)

A. I have at least one full-time year (12 months) of specialized work experience. This experience, which could have been obtained in the public or private sector, includes demonstrated knowledge of the purpose, policies, guidelines, functions and practices of a particular program; knowledge of U.S. agricultural trade legislation and regulations and international agreements and trade laws; the ability to identify, compile, analyze, and draw correct conclusions from pertinent data; to recognize patterns or trends in data; to develop recommendations; to prepare evaluative and interpretive reports and position papers; and to perform simple mathematical operations.
B. I have successfully completed at least three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited college/university, which equipped me with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position. Such fields include marketing, economics, agricultural economics, agricultural business, or other field of study directly related to this position.
C. I possess a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience as described above. Only graduate education beyond the second full year (36 semester hours) may be combined with experience.
D. I do not possess the required education and/or experience to qualify for this position.

2. From the descriptions below, select the letter that corresponds to the highest level of education or experience that you fully possess and that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position at the GS-12 level. Select only one letter. (Note: One year of specialized experience is based on a 40-hour workweek. If you have worked less than 40 hours per week, you must prorate your experience.)

A. I have at least one full-time year (12 months) of specialized work experience. This experience, which could have been obtained in the public or private sector, includes a broad, in-depth knowledge of the purpose, policies, guidelines, functions and practices of a particular program; knowledge of U.S. agricultural trade legislation and regulations and international agreements and trade laws; the ability to identify, compile, analyze, and draw correct conclusions from pertinent data; to recognize patterns or trends in data; to develop recommendations; to prepare evaluative and interpretive reports and position papers; and to perform complex mathematical operations.
B. I do not possess the required specialized experience to qualify for this position.

3. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your experience influencing others, while showing understanding of other positions.

A. I gain cooperation from others by finding common ground and presenting compelling evidence.
B. I am able to get my point across in a calm, but assertive manner.
C. I use reasoning to effectively change the views of others without causing resentment.
D. None of the above

4. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your experience participating in the identification, monitoring and removal of sanitary and phytosanitary barriers to agricultural trade.

A. I understand why the removal of sanitary and phytosanitary barriers is important for U.S. trade.
B. I have direct experience working with companies or foreign governments in resolving sanitary and phytosanitary barriers to agricultural trade.
C. I have researched and/or evaluated sanitary and phytosanitary barriers to assist others.
D. None of the above

5. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your experience participating in the development of strategic plans that include goals and measurable objectives.

A. I have planned and carried out work that was part of my organization's strategic objectives.
B. I have established implemented and modified strategic objectives as appropriate.
C. I have actively participated in the development of strategic objectives for my organization.
D. None of the above

6. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your experience preparing oral briefings.

A. I tailor oral presentations to the audience and the situation.
B. I communicate ideas with impact, in a concise and organized manner, in both one-on-one and group situations.
C. I share information and promote the flow of usable data across the organization.
D. I communicate complex ideas successfully.
E. None of the above

7. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your experience developing and maintaining effective working relationships.

A. I have taken proactive steps to prevent or mitigate future customer issues or problems.
B. I have been accessible and regularly shared relevant information with internal and external customers.
C. I have addressed customers' concerns promptly and accurately.
D. I have gone beyond what the customer requests and done something extra to be helpful.
E. None of the above.

8. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your experience actively participating in team meetings.

A. I ensure my own behavior reflects a pro-team approach and model effective team member behavior.
B. I build an atmosphere of respect for others.
C. I proactively work to reduce team conflict.
D. I encourage others to work collaboratively.
E. I use a team approach to drive the business of the organization.
F. None of the above.

9. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your experience participating in the compilation, review and analysis of economic data.

A. I can provide an analysis of numerical data that identifies clear trends.
B. I understand how to read numerical data and can identify key information.
C. I can provide useful insight of numerical data that illustrates obvious and non-obvious trends.
D. None of the above

10. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your experience participating in the analysis of agricultural conditions, government policies, and/or commercial practices affecting the marketing and importing interests of U.S. producers and exporters.

A. I have some knowledge of agricultural conditions, government policies and/or commercial practices that affect trade.
B. I have experience analyzing agricultural conditions, government policies and/or commercial practices that affect trade.
C. I have studied agricultural conditions, government policies and/or commercial practices that affect trade.
D. None of the above

11. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best demonstrates your commitment to self-development and learning.

A. I seek out feedback to identify areas needing improvement.
B. I work to assess my own performance and abilities in order to better understand strengths/ developmental needs and focus my developmental actions accordingly.
C. I take the initiative to keep abreast of new information and developments or best practices.
D. I seize developmental experiences and opportunities to grow.
E. I apply lessons learned from experience and training and grow from my mistakes.
F. None of the above.

12. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best demonstrates your ability to drive projects and manage resources.

A. I develop realistic action plans given available resources and constraints.
B. I generate the detailed plans required to guide the successful completion of projects.
C. I identify and garner the resources needed to implement projects.
D. I ensure projects are completed within approved budget and timeframe.
E. None of the above.

13. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your ability to communicate effectively in writing.

A. I tailor the content of my message to the needs of the audience.
B. I package a message in a way that enhances its acceptance and effectiveness.
C. I communicate ideas with impact, in both one-on-one and group situations
D. I share information and promote the flow of usable data across the organization.
E. None of the above.

14. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your experience preparing briefing memoranda, correspondence, briefing books, and market profiles related to agricultural trade.

A. I have developed documents that provide a position on matters related to agricultural trade.
B. I have edited documents put together by others related to agricultural trade.
C. I have gathered agricultural trade information together for others to use in drafting written documents.
D. None of the above

15. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your experience preparing written briefings, with thorough analysis of policy options and strategies.

A. I have independently provided policy options and strategies for decision makers.
B. I have provided input into a written report by collecting data for others to analyze.
C. I have provided and analyzed data for a written report.
D. None of the above

16. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best demonstrates your ability to solve problems.

A. When looking at information, I see patterns, trends, or missing pieces and grasp similarities and differences to past situations.
B. I use technical learned knowledge or knowledge of different past trends or situations to understand the current situation.
C. I apply simple rules and common sense to identify and solve problems.
D. None of the above.

17. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best demonstrates your judgment and ability to make effective decisions.

A. I deal with problems by considering them in a larger organizational context.
B. I connect to diverse sources of information to gain an understanding of an issue.
C. I involve, and draw on, relevant others in the decision process.
D. I recognize the key issues facing the unit and organization.
E. I analyze information and data to accurately identify patterns and trends that impact the work and organization.
F. None of the above.

18. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your ability to value and promote diversity.

A. I understand and respect the practices, customs, values, and norms of people from different backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures.
B. I comply with, and actively support and promote, all organizational policies and procedures regarding diversity.
C. I recognize and remove systematic barriers that harm diversity.
D. I demonstrate the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of others representing a wide cross-section of the community, other departments, and the agency.
E. I actively solicit input from a wide variety of people and functions.
F. I coach, educate, and constructively engage others whose actions are contrary to the principles of diversity.
G. None of the above.

19. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best demonstrates your interpersonal awareness and political savvy.

A. I gauge the reactions of others by reading body language, facial expression, and/or tone of voice and adjusting words and actions accordingly.
B. I grasp the explicit and underlying meanings, context, and content of other's actions and communications and display an in-depth understanding of the reasons for a person's behavior or responses.
C. I demonstrate the ability to quickly forge positive and productive relationships with others in the organization.
D. I probe to understand, current unexpressed, or poorly expressed thoughts, concerns, or feeling and ask questions to clarify or deepen understanding.
E. I listen to others and seek out their input.
F. None of the above.

20. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your language skills. IN ADDITION, IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST SELF-CERTIFY YOUR LANGUAGE SKILLS ON YOUR RESUME OR APPLICATION.

A. I am proficient in reading and speaking in English only.
B. I am proficient in reading and speaking in English and 1 other language.
C. I am proficient in reading and speaking in English and 2 or more other languages.