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"Brussels-2021-052" Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
US Mission to the European Union
Position Title:
Agricultural Specialist (open to all) (Open to All)
Open Period:
05/17/2021 - 05/31/2021


Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1515 11
EUR €6,100
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 38 hours/week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Brussels, BE
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM - FP is 04.  Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.

All Interested Applicants / All Sources

Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Indefinite after successful completion of initial one-year contract
Marketing Statement:

We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.


The work schedule for this position is:

  • Full Time (38 hours per week)

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (15 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required


Serves as a professional analyst and advisor to the Minister Counselor and Agricultural Attachés on both agricultural market intelligence and political outreach. He/she leads engagement with the European Parliament, EU Member State Permanent Representations, and the European Commission which includes developing strategies to influence EU legislation and policies with a specific focus on agriculture and trade. He/she anticipates, analyzes and reports on developments in the EU related to agricultural biotechnology, overall Common Agricultural Policy, grains and feed policy, EU budget and any other agriculture and trade issues as assigned; independently identifies and investigates EU issues and determines their impact on U.S. exports; develops and evaluates possible alternatives and proposes tactics for averting and resolving trade disruption in the areas assigned.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Minimum five years of progressively responsible experience in agriculture, international trade, or economics, or equivalent experience in the production, processing or marketing of agricultural commodities, including experience in the analysis and interpretation of data and presentation of findings in written form.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  In-depth knowledge of the organization of EU and member state institutions and legislative decision making procedures involved in regulatory issues, particularly those related to agriculture; knowledge of U.S. and EU trade associations, agricultural product retailers and private traders; USDA organization, functions and policies in general and FAS in particular; FAS commodity reporting requirements; relationship between FAS and co-operators; relationship between FAS and EU agriculture-related institutions; and Embassy organization and procedures.

Education Requirements:

Master’s degree in agriculture, economics, or other closely related field.


LANGUAGE:  Fluency in English, with fluency in at least one other official EU language required. This may be tested.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Ability to establish and maintain contacts with EU officials to obtain policy information and to represent USG interests. Ability and initiative to develop and maintain an extensive range of contacts at a variety of levels in the EU Commission and private and public sectors. Ability to provide sound professional advice. Ability to obtain both published and unpublished information and data relating to agricultural development in the EU including legislative, regulatory and procedural changes. Ability to relate developments in the agricultural field to political, economic and sociological forces at work in the EU. Ability to analyze and evaluate data and draft analytical reports in clear and grammatically correct English under tight deadlines. Capacity to present complex technical information clearly and articulately in public settings. Experience with spreadsheets, and databases required. Must be a self-starter with the organizational skills to set priorities in the face of multiple priorities and tasks. 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.


All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), working at the U.S. Mission in Brussels may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Other Information:

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.


  1. AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*


  3. FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification.  A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given. 

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Sensitive But Unclassified security certification. 

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.

Required Documents:

In order to qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested diploma and / or transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you will not be considered for this position.

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent) (if applicable)

  • Residency and/or Work Permit

  • Passport or ID card copy

  • Degree

  • Language Scores (if available)

  • DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email. 

For further information - the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Brussels.