International Program Specialist (Term)

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

About the organization

FAS serves as the vital eyes, ears, voice, and hands of U.S. agriculture around the world. With approximately 1,100 staff including civil servants in Washington, D.C., and a global network of Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) and locally employed staff (LES) covering over 161 foreign countries from over 96 international offices, FAS is the lead U.S. agency tasked with promoting exports of U.S. agricultural products. The Agency advances the growth of U.S. agricultural exports through trade policy, market intelligence, trade capacity building, and trade promotion programs.


Working under the tutelage of higher graded employees or as a member of a team, performs assignments which may involve one or more of the following: implementing/coordinating/evaluating agricultural technical assistance programs; providing project management and liaison services; providing administrative and logistical support services; 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/or 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.


Knowledge of program and project management (design, implementation, monitoring and/or evaluation) principles, theories, concepts, methods and techniques.

Basic knowledge of agriculture and rural development methods and techniques and experience in applying them to provide technical support to FAS programs.

Knowledge of USDA, FAS, Department of State or USAID international agricultural development and assistance programs.

Ability to manage or collaborate with higher-level employees in the management of international development projects in a multi-cultural team environment at USDA.

Knowledge of and skill in written and oral communication sufficient to clearly explain and describe program issues and problems through reports or during team meetings.

Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and representatives of agencies involved in supporting the work of the agency to resolve routine problems and provide customer service, advice and assistance on routine matters.



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