Senior Agricultural Biotechnology Advisor
Department Of Agriculture - Washington, DC

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Appointment Information: This is a TERM position, not to exceed 2 years. This position may be extended up to a total of 4 years at the discretion of management without further competition. Telework is available.

This position is located in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Programs, Office of International Research Programs (OIRP). The incumbent is responsible for providing technical support and leadership in agricultural research and development to the U.S. Agency for International Development and its Missions around the world, in the area of agricultural biotechnology and the application of molecular tools to plant and animal improvement. The incumbent will be assigned to the Bureau for Food Security (BFS) at USAID.

The Office of International Research Program’s (OIRP) mission is to enhance the productivity, effectiveness, and impact of the ARS National Programs through mutually beneficial international research and development collaboration in agriculture and natural resources.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position

Suitable for Federal employment, determined by an ANACI (Secret) background

Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service

Travel: 2-3 nights/month

DUTIES:
Provides technical and programmatic oversight of USAID funded biotechnology activities; technical leadership to Missions in identification of opportunities to integrate biotechnology and other advanced molecular breeding approaches into Mission and national agricultural, economic or food security research priorities, especially in African and Asian countries; and identification and outreach to stakeholders in biotechnology.
Liaises with USAID Biotechnology Advisors to establish linkages and policy coherence in Agency programs in biotechnology.
Collaborates with USDA/ARS in areas of mutual research and biotechnology policy issues.
Serves the BFS as the focal point for biotechnology issues in developing countries, as well as externally with other U.S. and international institutions.
Provides strategic, technical and managerial oversight to a range of centrally funded and field Mission activities in biotechnology, including crop and animal genetics, genomics, genetic modification, molecular breeding or similar technologies, ensuring that the projects maintain a focus on product development.
Uses scientific expertise and judgment in selection of interventions, programming, identification of U.S. and institutional partners, and evaluation of biotechnology research, regulatory, legal, and public outreach aspects.
Prepares briefing memoranda and responses to Congressional and public inquiries on agricultural biotechnology issues, and coordinates with BFS in development of strategic plans for outreach.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Basic Education Requirement:
Applicants must possess the following:
Degree: A bachelor’s (or higher) degree in biological
sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related
disciplines appropriate to the position.

OR

Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a
major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional
education.

Additional Qualifications:
GS-14: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year
of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal
Government.

Specialized experience is experience directly
related to the position to be filled.
The specialized experience requirements for this position are:

Knowledge of advanced research concepts, principles and practices
governing the development and delivery of agricultural biotechnology
products in developing countries. Ability to provide strategic, technical and managerial oversight to
a biotechnology research project. Ability to analyze scientific policy issues related to intellectual
property rights, biosafety regulations and technology transfer, and develop and present solutions and alternatives. Ability to serve as liaison and coordinate outreach activities with
scientific and non-scientific personnel to promote research development
and policy coherence.
Applicants must address the specialized experience
requirements in their resume (or application documents). Applications that do not reflect the
specialized experience requirements will not be deemed qualified.

This position has a positive education requirement. You must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grade point average or class ranking to verify education when applying for this position. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.

Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the basic and any additional requirements. The Agricultural Research Service uses a category rating process. Based on evaluation of all written materials submitted in your application for the position, you will be determined to be Ineligible if you do not meet eligibility and/or minimum qualifications criteria; Eligible if you meet all eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria; OR Quality if you meet quality criteria in addition to eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria.

BENEFITS:
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:
http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the armed forces, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for non-competitive appointment. For further information click here .

Displaced/Surplus Employees: Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if they meet basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and are rated in the Quality Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. Click here for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference , you must submit Member 4 copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference , you must submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference plus the proof required by that form.

Financial Disclosure Requirement: Federal employees are subject to prohibitions against officially dealing with outside organizations in which they have a financial interest. If hired for this position, you may be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of the effective date of your appointment and annually thereafter.

Reasonable Accommodation: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).

False Statements: If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.

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