Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Manila
Position Title:
Agricultural Specialist - All Interested Applicants
Open Period:
06/30/2020 - 07/15/2020 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1515 11
PHP ₱1,392,681
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Manila, RP
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM - FP is 4.  Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.

OPEN TO: All Interested Applicants / All Sources

The U.S. Mission in the Philippines is seeking for eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Agricultural Specialist, LE-11 in the USDA Foreign Agricultural Office (FAS).
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.

Salary offer for this position is ₱1,392,681.00 per year.

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

The position would require occasional travel outside of Metro Manila.


Position serves as an expert and experienced advisor and assistant to the Agricultural Counselor with respect to Philippine agricultural production, import regulations, customs and quarantine issues and trade policy. This includes supply and demand for agricultural commodities covered, reporting to the Agricultural Counselor (AO) for the Office of Agricultural Affairs (OAA) in the complex and expanding Philippine market for agricultural, forestry and fishery products. As such, the incumbent is expected to possess a full and comprehensive understanding of both Philippine and U.S. agricultural production situation; finalize a full range of comprehensive annual commodity reports for public distribution with minimal supervision; draft and submit voluntary alert reports as judged necessary; and, possess a complete understanding of the Philippine agricultural production, supply and demand situation for the full range of domestic and imported commodities; provide advice to other U.S. government agencies (USTR, State and USDA APHIS, FSIS), U.S. cooperator commodity groups, U.S. exporters, Philippine importers and end-users; maintain a wide range of senior contacts in both the government and private sector; including news media, to obtain information. 

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in one or more fields of agriculture, agricultural business, agricultural trade, economic analysis, or market analysis that includes significant analysis and report writing is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  An understanding of both U.S. and Philippine agricultural production and trade policy and comprehension of how they interact and affect each other. Solid knowledge base of Philippine agricultural production practices for the full range of commodities and the factors that affect production, supply and demand. A thorough understanding of USDA and Philippine agricultural marketing programs, including applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures pertaining to agricultural imports and trade. A thorough knowledge of the mechanisms, constraints and practices with respect to markets for various agricultural commodities in the Philippines and of opportunities for U.S. products in those markets.  

NOTE: In your application, make sure to provide all information relevant to your qualifications. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide information on his/her application that are true, correct, and complete. A curriculum vitae or resume is NOT considered during the qualification analysis process. Only the information completed on the application can be used to determine eligibility and qualifications of applicants.

Education Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Business, Agricultural Marketing, Agriculture, or Business Administration is required.

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.



English -  Fluent (Reading/Writing/Speaking). This may be tested.

Tagalog - Fluent (Reading/Writing/Speaking). This may be tested.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Strong ability to 1) plan, organize and manage programs for obtaining and reporting critical market information and intelligence on agricultural products; 2) interpret and inter-relate developments in the areas of agricultural production, policy, marketing and analysis to the political, economic and sociological forces at work in the Philippines and the region; 3) prepare analytical reports and evaluations of the impact and success of various production policies and programs; 4) develop and maintain an extensive range of high and middle level contacts in government, industry, academe and media; 5) render advice with detachment and objectivity, employing sound professional judgement; and, 6) train and supervise contractors, subordinate employees and temporary hires. Proficiency in computer skills to draft and finalize reports and correspondence, develop databases and prepare statistical analyses and presentations. Must have the ability to develop, recommend and implement new and innovative  approaches, procedures and/or guidelines consistent with U.S. Government regulations and internal SOPs to improve working environment or situation.

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 Manila, Philippines 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. (This refers to NBI and Police Clearance. These will be required when an applicant is selected for the vacancy.)

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

  • Statement/Letter of Interest

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)

  • Residency and/or Work Permit

  • Passport copy

  • Degree (not transcript)

  • Degree with transcript

  • Language Scores (if available)

  • Driver’s License

  • 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 the Philippines.