Cote d'Ivoire

Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Abidjan
Position Title:
Agricultural Specialist-All Interested Applicants-All sources
Open Period:
07/29/2020 - 09/13/2020 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1515 10
XOF CFA20,673,086
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40 hours per week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Abidjan, IV
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Recruitment Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM - FP is FP-05 (step 5 through 14).  Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.
Only one 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 (4 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

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

Incumbent must be able and accredited to operate an FAS Agency vehicle.


Position is located in the USDA/FAS Office in Abidjan. The incumbent plays a role in expanding and preserving the agricultural trading relationship between the United States and Cote d’Ivoire by increasing U.S. agricultural exports to the country, creating original and exhaustively researched commodity reporting tailored to U.S. audience, identifying and developing common areas of scientific understanding, and supporting and explaining U.S. agricultural policy. He/she exercises leadership in trade policy and coordinates cross-border reporting issues with other Ag Specialist colleagues in the region. Incumbent is supervised by the Agricultural Attaché in Accra and reviewed by Agricultural Counselor.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:   Five years of progressively responsible work experience dealing with the economic aspect of agriculture, with an emphasis in analyzing and interpreting data and presenting findings in comprehensive written form is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  A thorough understanding of the agricultural economic situation and food distribution system in Cote d’Ivoire is required. A solid knowledge of the country’s and region’s agricultural and trade policies and their relationships to the world trading system is required.

Education Requirements:

Master’s degree in the field of agricultural economics, economics, international trade policy or agricultural marketing is required.


Fluency (speaking/reading/writing) of English is required. This may be tested.
Fluency (speaking/reading/writing) of French is required. This may be tested.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES : Incumbent must be able and accredited to operate an FAS Agency vehicle. Must be able to develop and maintain an extensive range of contacts with the staffs of senior level decision-makers in the host government and private sector. Skills and abilities in market development techniques are required. Must be able to prepare well-crafted and factual and analytical reports forecasting future trends or changes in agriculture in English and French.

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

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Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire 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-Local background Investigation clearance. 

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.

  • Proof of ivoirian citizenship (carte Nationale d'Identité-CNI, attestation d'Identité)(if applicable)

  • Residency and/or Work Permit (if applicable)

  • Master degree (required)

  • Driver’s license (required)

  • Passport copy (if applicable)

For EFMs, in addition to the above:

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent) (required)

  • 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. Embassy in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.