The Office of Agreements and Scientific Affairs (OASA) provides trade policy advocacy for U.S. agricultural. The OASA motto is, “Building Solutions that Open Markets.” Functionally, this includes monitoring and enforcing trade agreements, developing trade policy and strategies, addressing technical and sanitary phytosanitary barriers to trade, and facilitating communication between foreign governments and U.S. regulatory agencies. International Trade Specialists are essential to OASA’s effectiveness by applying an expert knowledge of a particular commodity, industry group, and/or regulatory policy area impacting agricultural trade.
FOR THE GS-14 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-13 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
- Comprehensive knowledge and expertise in U.S. and international pesticide regulatory policy to develop and deliver authoritative and programmatic direction on potentially controversial and highly visible trade issues;
- Knowledge of pertinent U.S. legislation and regulations, department policies, and international agreements and trade laws; and
- Knowledge and skill sufficient to provide technical leadership, staff coordination, and consultation for the U.S. agricultural initiatives (especially those related to the regulation of pesticides) assigned, including formulating guidelines, implementing new developments, and providing regulatory interpretation and recommendations to FAS and USDA leadership.