Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Rome
Position Title:
Agricultural Specialist (All Interested Applicants/All Sources)
Open Period:
04/06/2020 - 04/20/2020 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1515 11
EUR €59,387
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40 hours per week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Rome, IT
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 USEFMs - FP is 4.  Actual FP 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 (six months).
Marketing Statement:

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


The U.S. Embassy in Rome/Italy is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of "Agricultural Specialist", available immediately.

The work schedule for this position is

  • Full Time (40 hours per week)

Start date: Candidates 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:


The "Agricultural Specialist" is responsible for representing the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Italy and San Marino. The incumbent thus researches and prepares reports that provide commodity and trade policy intelligence, best prospects and advice for U.S. agricultural stakeholders, and on other topics of relevance for assigned agricultural commodities. Responsibilities also include advocating for U.S. agricultural interests by implementing projects, identifying appropriate actions and resolving trade problems.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Six (6) years of progressively responsible work experience in one or more fields of agricultural economics, agricultural policy, commodity trade, and marketing analysis/research that includes significant analysis and report writing required.

Education Requirements:

A Master's degree in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Business, Agricultural Marketing, Agriculture, Business Administration, International Food Law or Business Law required.


LANGUAGE: Fluent English (both written and spoken); this may be tested. Fluent Italian (both written and spoken); this may be tested.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Customer service, professionalism and networking abilities, coupled with the ability to conduct economic and quantitative analysis and work independently. Required skills include innovation, judgment, communication, the ability to organize and plan, teamwork, as well as English and Italian writing skills.

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

Benefits URL:
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Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Italy may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

Note: the advertised salary refers to a basic gross annual salary on a full-time schedule. Starting overall yearly salary with benefits may equal Euro 68,482 (gross).

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/background investigation

To apply for this position, click the “Apply to this Vacancy” button at the top of the announcement.  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 documentation confirming your eligibility to legally work and reside in Italy (e.g. Italian/EU passport, work permit, family permit, study permit - for part-time positions, etc.)

  • Master's Degree (not transcript)

  • Copy of Orders (if applicable)

  • 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 Italy.