Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Brasilia
Position Title:
Agricultural Specialist - All Interested Applicants
Open Period:
11/14/2019 - 11/28/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1515 10
BRL R$147.249
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Brasilia, BR
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All Interested Applicants / All Sources

For USEFM - FP-5 (steps 5 through 14).  Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.
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 U.S. Mission in Brasilia is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Agricultural Specialist in the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

The work schedule for this position is Full Time (40 hours per week).


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


Basic Function of the Position –

The incumbent performs the following:

  • Performs advanced technical duties related to agricultural reporting, involving collection, analysis and interpretation of agricultural data, and the drafting and editing of analytical reports which are scrutinized by USDA Attaches at Post and USDA analysts in Washington before being released to the public at large;

  • Establishes and fosters relationships with, and extracts agricultural information from, government and private sector contacts;

  • Assists in arranging visits for U.S. working- and senior-level visitors (including FAS and other USDA and USG official visitors), U.S. commodity and food export associations (i.e., FAS “Cooperators”), commodity and food organizations, and traders in general.      

  • Provides guidance and responds to inquiries from U.S. or local agricultural exporters/importers concerning business opportunities.

  • Assists in resolving stuck shipments at ports and other market access issues.

For more information about the main duties of the position, please click Here.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Progressively responsible prior experience in economic research in agriculture or equivalent experience in the production, processing, marketing and trade promotion of agricultural commodities is required.


  • A detailed knowledge of the local agricultural market environment including local business practices, firms and organizations engaged in agricultural commodity analysis and trade, trade development and barriers, and overall trends in the industry.

  • A detailed knowledge of USDA organization, functions, services, office procedures, and standard references on agricultural production and marketing.

  • Understanding of FAS reporting requirements and procedures (GAIN reporting system).

  • Intermediate knowledge of other pertinent USG agencies (e.g., U.S. Food and Drug Administration).

Education Requirements:

A Bachelor’s Degree (BA or BS) in agriculture, agricultural economics, economics, business administration, trade, international relations, finance or engineering (agricultural or industrial) is required.



LANGUAGE: (This may be tested)

Level IV (Fluent) in speaking/reading/writing in English is required.

Level IV (Fluent) in speaking/reading/writing in Portuguese is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  (This may be tested)

  • Ability to carry out assigned duties with minimum supervision, a high degree of accuracy, and by the set deadline.

  • Ability to prepare draft reports in grammatically correct in English and Portuguese.

  • Ability to prepare working level translations from English into Portuguese and vice-versa.

  • Ability to establish and cultivate a wide range of contacts related to functional areas.

  • A valid driver’s license is required.

  • Outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills are required.

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 Brasilia 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 for 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 Curriculum 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:

  • Driver’s License

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

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

  • University Degree or Diploma

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. 

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