International Program Specialist

U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Oct 09

Position description

This position will assist senior specialists in providing technical support in one or more of FAS’s areas of responsibility: coordinate and implement agricultural/natural resource capacity building projects; provide training and technical assistance to policy makers, private sector, and foreign countries; and/or negotiate and coordinate agreements between USDA and institutions.

This is a term, time-limited appointment with an initial duration of 2 years which can be extended 2 additional years.



The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Implementing/coordinating/evaluating agricultural technical assistance programs;
  • Developing, administering, and evaluating technical assistance and training programs;
  • Designing and implementing policies for USDA international development and technical assistance programs and projects; coordinating and facilitating international research and scientific exchanges;
  • Directing the preparation of cooperative agreements authorizing research projects;
  • Negotiating technical assistance projects with funding agencies;
  • Developing funding and budget documents and monitoring status of funding; and 
  • Serving as a liaison between USDA and other federal agencies, universities, and the private sector for a wide variety of issues inherent to agricultural trade capacity building projects.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional visits to domestic and/or overseas businesses, government offices, or agricultural facilities may be required.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • May be required to successfully complete a 1-year probationary period.

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.


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 may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

  • Experience providing administrative and logistical support services; and
  • Experience developing, administering, and evaluating international technical assistance, training programs and/or exchanges in the subject areas of agricultural development and trade, natural resources, and/or disaster assistance; and
  • Experience performing research and analysis of data and information on a specific topic or issue within a larger project and independently handling conventional and/or moderately complex portions of larger projects while serving as a member of a team; and
  • Experience working with international partners and stakeholders.

OR a master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree as listed above OR LL.B. or J.D., if related.

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 GRADE LEVEL: 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: [SELECT ONLY ONE LINK BELOW] 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.


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.

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