Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Consulate Sao Paulo
Position Title:
Agricultural Assistant - All Interested Applicants
Open Period:
11/01/2019 - 11/18/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1515 8
BRL R$91.119 - BRL R$91.119
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40 hours per week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Sao Paulo, BR
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM - FS is FP-6.  Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.

Open-to: All Interested Applicants / All Sources
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period
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 (40 hours per week)

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

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

May visit trade shows.


Under the supervision of the ATO Director, incumbent performs a variety of duties in support of the office's analytical, visitor support, and marketing functions. Responsibilities include: research for commodity and sector reporting, support for marketing activities, planning, implementation and evaluation of activities under USDA's Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development Program; responding to inquires and requests for assistance from US exporters, and serving as a link between those companies and potential Brazilian importers; providing necessary support for office and private sector visitors as well as for Brazilian participants in U.S. government exchange programs.  

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  Experience in an office, working in the area of Agriculture, Economics or Marketing, of which one year is in Agribusiness related fields is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge of agricultural economics and/or marketing and business procedures is expected at the full performance level. General knowledge of USDA organization, functions, services, office procedures, and standard references of agricultural reporting. A basic knowledge of local business firms, trade organizations, and trade practices. Knowledge of computer systems management practices. 

Education Requirements:

College or university degree in Agriculture, Economics, or Business Administration is required.


LANGUAGE:  English - Level III (good working knowledge) in reading/speaking/writing is required. Portuguese - Level IV (fluent) in reading/speaking/writing is required. This may be tested. 

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Ability to develop and maintain contacts in the agriculture, food processing, retail, and import sectors. Ability to work with Microsoft Office Applications. Ability to research using multiple sources in English and Portuguese. Ability to organize multiple types of information from multiple sources. Ability to deal tactfully with visitors, external contacts, and Consulate employees. Ability to prioritize multiple tasks. Ability to organize and plan events logistics. Ability to work with IT colleagues. Skills in Microsoft Office and Excel and other job-related skills and abilities may be tested. 

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), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Sao Paulo 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 Public Trust clearance. 

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

Important notes:

• Please make sure you enter all your work experience and education through the ERA Application. Attached Curriculums files will not be considered.  

• For positions that require English Levels III or IV, applications MUST be submitted in English.


Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

  • Residency and/or Work Permit

  • Degree (not transcript)

  • 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 more information about the main duties of the position, please click here

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