Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Cairo
Position Title:
Agricultural Specialist
Open Period:
06/17/2020 - 07/01/2020 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1515 11
EGP £418,839 - EGP £418,839
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full time 40 hrs/ per week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Cairo, EG
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
• For USEFM - FS is FP4
Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.

•    All Interested Applicants / All Sources
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Ten year Personal Services Agreement (PSA) with the option to renew.
Subject to successful completion of probationary period (three months).
Marketing Statement:

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


• The U.S. Mission in Cairo/Egypt is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Agricultural Specialist in the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service office (APHIS).
                - 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

Based on business needs


The incumbent applies his/her knowledge and experience with plant and animal health programs, regional trade issues and socio-political and cultural factors to provide expert analysis and to promote U.S. interests in these areas for the Middle East and African countries (28 countries). The incumbent works with government officials and other stakeholders in the area of coverage to develop international sanitary and phytosanitary standards, implement quarantine and/or treatment procedures and to maintain and increase bilateral and regional trade. The incumbent will develop and facilitate capacity building projects, seminars, workshops, and training activities on a variety of plant and animal health topics. This person will monitor, review and report on regional animal and plant health concerns of the host country (Egypt) as well as other countries in the Middle East and Africa, including pest detections and interceptions. Administrative responsibilities include record management and formulation and review of discretionary budgets with attention to maintaining U.S. interest in their execution. 

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  Six years of progressively responsible experience in developing, directing, or evaluating agricultural health programs, or in dealing with scientific matters of an equivalent nature is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: In depth knowledge of national laws, rule-making processes, programs, and practices related to plant and/or animal health relating to existing treaties and cooperative agreements is required. The employee should have a network of plant and animal health officials in countries of the region.

Education Requirements:

A bachelor’s degree in agriculture, agronomy, biology, entomology, or veterinary science is required


LANGUAGE:  English  (fluent speaking, reading and writing) is required.(This will be tested).

                  Arabic (fluent speaking, reading and writing) is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Must have ability to use many different sources to research programs and techniques.

                                 Must have ability to deal with high-level officials and other representatives in providing technical advice, negotiating agreements,                                        and explaining complex regulations and laws.

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 Cairo, Egypt 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 medical and security 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.

  • Work Permit

  • Military certificate (for men only)

  • Passport copy

  • Degree (not transcript)

  • Certificate or License

  • 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 Cairo, Egypt.