USDA INTERNATIONAL UPDATE
January 20, 1998 #52
DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES SPECIALIST
GS - 13
The Natural Resources and Environment Branch
(NRE), Development Resources Division, International
Cooperation and Development, Foreign Agriculture
Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
provides technical expertise from USDA agencies and
its university cooperators to international development
lending agencies and institutions, particularly the U.S.
Agency for International Development (USAID).
NRE is seeking an individual that will a) participate
with USAID as well as other lenders in the planning,
implementation, and evaluation of technical assistance
programs and projects that build developing countries'
capabilities to identify natural resource impacts of crop
and livestock production and related activities and to
develop, implement, and monitor plans and actions that
would protect and improve the environment; b) serve as
a liaison between USDA and those development lenders
to provide technical expertise from USDA agencies and
U.S. land grant educational institutions as requested by
those lenders; and, c) coordinate administrative and
financial requirements for USDA staff recruited for
such assignments. The position is located in
Washington, D.C. but there may be some domestic and
international travel. NRE expects to fill the position by
April 1998. This position may be offered through a
collaborative agreement with another USDA agency or
university or as a Schedule B hire, which is a temporary
hire not-to-exceed 13 months, with the possibility for
extension. The position is open at the GS- 13 level
(annual salary range $55969 - $72758).
Qualifications: (1) Advanced degree or equivalent
training in physical science or social science disciplines
related to agricultural production or natural resources
management such as agronomy, biology, soils science,
animal science, range management, agricultural or
resources economics, watershed management, natural
resources conservation, and civil engineering. (2)
Considerable knowledge of the programs and activities
of one or more USDA technical agencies such as
NRCS, APHIS, CSREES, USFS, NASS, ERS, and
ARS. (3) Field experience in natural resources and
environmental management, preferably both
domestically and in less developed countries. (4)
Knowledge of and experience with development
assistance policies, programs, and processes of
international lending institutions, particularly USAID.
(5) Demonstrated ability to use diplomacy and
resourcefulness in dealing with high level analysts and
management officials of domestic and foreign agencies
and institutions. (6) Foreign language capability (oral
and written) is desirable.
Applying for the Position: Send a cover letter that
directly addresses each of the six Qualifications with
your resume, OF-612, or SF-171 to John D. Sutton by
mail (at USDA/FAS/ICD/DRD, 14th &
Independence Sts. S.W., Stop 1094, Room 3213-S,
Washington, D.C. 20250-1094), Fax (202 690-0847), or
E-mail (at firstname.lastname@example.org). Your application
must be received by Friday, February 20, 1998.
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