South Africa

Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Cape Town-2021-089
Hiring Agency:
Consulate Cape Town
Position Title:
Agricultural Assistant - All Interested Applicants/All Sources
Open Period:
09/29/2021 - 10/13/2021 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1515 8
ZAR R383,857
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Cape Town, SF
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM - FP is 06.  Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.
Only one Open-to category should remain:

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 number of hours per week)

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (12 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

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


This position is a phytosanitary (plant health) inspector for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) preclearance program in South Africa. The position safeguards U.S. agricultural resources through the inspection of fresh fruit and plants for export to the U.S. to certify freedom from plant pests and pathogens of quarantine significance. The position monitors the production, packing, storage, treatment and transportation of commodities to ensure operations are in compliance with the preclearance Operational Work Plan and meet USDA requirements. The position duties require some physical exertion such as long periods of standing and walking, crouching or stretching in order to examine plants and plant products in confined industry workspaces, fruit production areas and SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED storage facilities. The position supports the APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine’s (PPQ) Preclearance and Offshore Programs office and the Area Director for Europe-Africa-Middle East Preclearance Programs.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  Three years of progressively responsible experience in regulatory quarantine operations and program development or plant pest management and mitigation is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  Knowledge of basic plant health sciences, inspections, quarantine pests and treatment protocols associated with the
plants and plant products for export to the U.S.

Education Requirements:

Completion of university or college level studies in biological sciences, agriculture, agronomy, entomology, or plant
pathology is required.

  • College (2 years) or Post-Secondary School

  • Bachelor’s Degree


LANGUAGE:   Level IV (Fluent) speaking/reading/writing of English and Level III (Good Working Knowledge) in one additional official
South African Language is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES : Ability to develop proficiency in agricultural inspection activities and to organize and execute assigned responsibilities and tasks. Ability to work cooperatively within a team as well as with representatives from the host government and private industry. Must be able to effectively communicate in both verbal and written formats. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite, especially Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel; and typing skills is required. Driver’s license required. The job holder must have held a driver’s license for at least five years.

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:

U.S. Mission in South Africa 

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 “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.

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)

  • Residency and/or Work Permit

  • SA ID

  • Passport copy

  • Degree (not transcript)

  • Driver’s 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 (insert post and/or country name).