VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT :
NO. 2012-077 DATE: AUGUST 17, 2012 REF: FASL-1
SUBJECT: AGRICULTURAL SPECIALIST
LOCATION: LAGOS – U.S. CONSULATE GENERAL
APPLICABILITY: ALL INTERESTED CANDIDATES
OPEN TO: ALL INTERESTED CANDIDATES
POSITION TITLE: AGRICULTURAL SPECIALIST, *FSN-09/FP-05 TRAINEE POSITION
(THIS POSITION WILL BE FILLED AT THE FSN-09/FP-05 AT THE TRAINEE LEVEL WITH A PROMOTION EACH YEAR, WITH SUPERVISOR’S RECOMMENDATION, UP TO TARGET GRADE OF FSN-11/FP-04).
CLOSING DATE: SEPTEMBER 07, 2012
WORK HOURS: FULL-TIME; 40 HOURS/WEEK
SALARY: OR – ORDINARILY RESIDENT–N3,577,888 P.A.
(STARTING BASIC SALARY)
POSITION GRADE: FSN-09
IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC SALARY, ALL ALLOWANCES WILL BE PAID IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE MISSION LOCAL COMPENSATION PLAN.
NOR – AEFM – US$50,043;
EFM/MOH – US$42,948, (STARTING SALARY) P.A.
POSITION GRADE: FP-05/01
NOTE: ALL NOT ORDINARILY RESIDENT APPLICANTS MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION. A U.S. CITIZEN EFM DOES NOT HAVE TO BE RESIDING IN COUNTRY TO BE CONSIDERED, BUT THE SPONSORING OFFICER UNDER COM AUTHORITY DOES HAVE TO BE OFFICIALLY ASSIGNED TO POST.
The U.S. Consulate General Lagos is seeking to employ a suitable and qualified candidate for the position of Agricultural Specialist in the Office of Agricultural Affairs.
BASIC FUNCTION OF THE POSITION:
Incumbent is the expert principal advisor to the Agricultural Counselor in Lagos on the highly complex trade policy, marketing and reporting issues that affect all exports of U.S. food and agricultural products into Nigeria. This position includes agricultural marketing, business servicing and complex problem solving. The incumbent represents the diverse interests of U.S. farmers and agribusiness in Nigeria. The Agricultural Specialist independently conducts sophisticated economic and trade sector research and prepares comprehensive reports on agricultural supply demand, trade development trends, emerging market opportunities and foreign competition. The incumbent has primary responsibility for the drafting of the Office of Agricultural Affair’s (OAA’s) scheduled and voluntary reports. Other responsibilities include providing guidance to the staff on programs such as Cochran, export credit guarantee programs and recruiting for trade shows in the United States.
To obtain a copy of this announcement please visit our Mission websites at: http://nigeria.usembassy.gov/about_the_us_mission.html
NOTE: All applicants MUST address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each criterion or the application will not be considered.
1. University degree in Agriculture, Agriculture Economics, Economics, Business Administration or closely related field is required.
2. Minimum of four (4) years progressively responsible experience in the agricultural economics field, with an emphasis in analyzing and interpreting data and presenting findings in comprehensive written form, is required.
3. Level IV (fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing in English and one local language: Igbo, Yoruba or Hausa, is required.
4. Good working knowledge of Nigeria’s major food markets, agricultural development and agricultural trade policies is required.
5. Broad knowledge of marketing skills critical in participating in agribusiness activities and trade negotiations is required.
6. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications and ability to learn tailored FAS software applications is required.
When fully qualified, U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) and U.S. Veterans are given preference. Therefore, it is essential that the candidate specifically address the required qualifications above in the application.
ADDITIONAL SELECTION CRITERIA
1. Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and residency status in determining successful candidacy.
2. Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.
3. Current Ordinarily Resident employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report are not eligible to apply.
4. Currently employed U.S. Citizen EFMs who hold a Family Member Appointment (FMA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment.
5. Currently employed NORs hired under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment unless currently hired into a position with a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants for this position MUST submit the following, or the application will not be considered:
1. Application for US Federal Employment (DS-174); or a current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the same information as a DS-174; plus.
2. Candidates who claim US Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application.
3. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.4. A type-written and signed application letter specifically applying for this position, and addressing the minimum requirements as advertised. Please reference the job title and announcement number on the application letter.
SUBMIT APPLICATION TO:
Embassy of the United States of America
Human Resources Office
Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive
Central District Area
Or submit to HRNigeria@state.gov
Point Of Contact:
Tel: 09-461-4000 Ext 4261
APPLICATION FORMS FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT:
Application Form for Employment as a Locally Employed Staffor Family Member (DS-174) (pdf 1.78MB)
Instructions for Completing DS-174 (pdf 2.40MB)