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AAG-011 Agricultural Marketing Specialist FSN-11, FP-4*

No:                       12/42

Open to:                ALL INTERESTED CANDIDATES            

Position:              AAG-011 Agricultural Marketing Specialist FSN-11, FP-4*
Opening Date:      April 24, 2011

Closing date:        Until filled

Work hours:          Full-time; 40 hours/week

Salary                  *Not-Ordinarily Resident: Starting Salary and Position Grade FP-4 to be confirmed by Washington.

                               Ordinarily Resident: $629,198.42 pesos per year (starting FSN-11 salary)
Note: All ordinarily resident applicants must obtain the required work permit and/or must have the appropriate residency permit to be eligible for consideration.
*Eligible Family Members and Members of Household must have at least one year remaining to their tour of duty to apply for this job and reside at post within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.*

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is seeking an individual for the position of Agricultural Marketing Specialist in the Agricultural Trade Office (ATO)

Basic function of position

The Agricultural Marketing Specialist serves as an expert and advisor on specific aspects of marketing food and agricultural products in Mexico.. Independently, the incumbent conceptualizes and develops marketing activities based on research and analysis of market information, dialogue with public and private sector officials and knowledge of the local regulatory environment.  This position is critical because in Mexico, agricultural marketing, business servicing, and problem solving are exceptionally complex and the expansion of U.S. food markets is of prime importance.  The incumbent should demonstrate expertise in agricultural marketing, and have broad knowledge of major food markets and skill in organizing programs.  Participation in agribusiness activities and professional organizations is critical. The incumbent advises the Deputy and Director on the impact of local laws, policies and regulations and evaluates sales potential for U.S. food products.  The incumbent has a substantial influence on program decisions and scheduling various marketing activities. Incumbent along with the Deputy and Director will set policy, program objectives and priorities.  The incumbent creates, develops, implements and manages a comprehensive schedule of marketing activities.  Supervision over other LES employees may be direct or indirect through advice, training and guidance. 


Note: All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information.

- University Degree in agriculture, agricultural economics, agricultural marketing or a closely related business or commercial field is required. 
- Four to six years of progressively responsible experience in agricultural trade marketing, including market analysis, promotion, or work requiring application of broad management skills is required.
- Level IV (fluent) English and Spanish are required. (Please see “To Apply” on pg 2 for test instructions).
- Advanced organization and management skills are required, as well as advanced ability in marketing research and economic analysis necessary to evaluate market information and to prepare accurate and precise analytical reports in grammatically correct English.
- Must have computer skills in using software to develop data bases, marketing strategies, and statistical analysis of market possibilities in various commodities.

Selection process
When equally qualified, US Citizen Eligible Family Members (AEFMs) and U.S. Veterans will be given preference.  Therefore, it is essential that the candidate address the required qualifications above in the application.

All applicants must pass a rigorous Security Certification process.
NOTE:  Consideration of EFMs will be based on funding availability. Please contact the EFM Coordinator at x4096 for more details.
Additional selection criteria
-  Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and residency status in determining successful candidacy.
-  Currently employed US Citizen EFMs who hold a FMA appointment are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar
   days of their employment.
-  Currently employed NORs hired under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions
   within the first 90 calendar days of their employment, unless currently hired into a position with a When Actually Employed (WAE) work 
-  All Locally Employed Staff (LES) who have less than one year working in a position are not eligible to apply.
 -  In adherence to the recent guidance from the government of Mexican (GOM) to comply with the Mexican Nationality Law, all Mexican-American dual nationals need to be aware that they will be recognized as Mexican nationals by the GOM.  Dual nationals are hereby advised that this may affect their application for employment as well as their application for security certification.  Until further guidance is received from the Legal Office of the State Department, EFMs will continue to be hired under the American Pay Plan; however, should the new policy be implemented, their appointment may change to the Local Compensation Plan.

To apply:

Interested applicants for this position MUST submit the following or the application WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED:
-  Universal Application for Employment (UAE) form. plus
- Other documentation (e.g., copies of High School diploma, school transcripts, certificates, awards, essays) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed in page 1.
- Non-Native Spanish speakers. For Spanish test, applicants should contact Amelia Bravo at extensions 4175 on M-W-F from 4:30 to 5:30.   Non-EFMs, will be responsible for test fee.
- Test score of English language exam is required from the following institutions:  (Cost is the applicant’s responsibility).
- TOEIC Standard Testing Services, Ahumada Villalón No.36 Ofic.105 Esq. Juan O´donojú, Col.Lomas Virreyes, Del. Miguel Hidalgo, C.P.11000, tels.5540-3555/5540-3959/5540-0334. (Valid for two (2) years) or
- TOEFL (iBT/ITP/PBT).   Information: or (Valid for two (2) years)
- The scores for  Level IV (fluent) are : (TOEFL iBT 106+ or TOEFL ITP/PBT 620+ or TOEIC PBT 850+)
- Copy of typing test score (test may be taken at
- Applicants who have completed a University Degree in the United States or any other English speaking country will be exempt from taking the ENGLISH TEST.

Submit application to: 
Human Resources Office
American Embassy
Paseo de la Reforma #305 (PB)
Col. Cuauhtemoc
06500 Mexico, D.F. or
E-mail: (Please refer to position number in subject line of e-mail.) i.e. AAG-011 Agricultural Marketing Specialist

Please check the U.S. Embassy web site for future vacancy announcements:

1. AEFM:  A type of EFM that is eligible for direct hire employment on either a Family Member Appointment (FMA) or Temporary Appointment (TEMP) provided s/he meets all of the following criteria:
-- U.S. Citizen;
-- Spouse or child who is at least age 18;
-- Listed on the travel orders of a Foreign or Civil Service or uniformed service member permanently assigned to or stationed at a US Foreign Service post or establishment abroad with a USG agency that is under COM authority;
-- Is resident at the sponsoring employee’s or uniform service member’s post of assignment abroad, approved safehaven abroad, or alternate safehaven abroad; and
-- Does not receive a USG annuity of pension based on a career in the US Civil or foreign services.
2. EFM: Family Members at least age 18 listed on the travel orders of a Foreign or Civil Service or uniformed service member permanently assigned to or stationed to a US Foreign Service post or establishment abroad with a USG agency that is under COM authority who do not meet the definition of AEFM above.
3. Member of Household (MOH): Someone who: 1) Has accompanied, but is not/not on the travel orders of a U.S. citizen Foreign or Civil Service employee or uniform service member permanently assigned to or stationed at a U.S. Foreign service post or establishment abroad; 2) Has been declared by the sponsoring employee to the Chief of Mission as part of his/her household; and 3) Resides at post with the sponsoring employee.
4. Ordinarily Resident (OR): A citizen of the host country or a citizen of another country who has shifted the main residency focus to the host country and has the required work and/or residency permits for employment in country.
5. Not-Ordinarily Resident (NOR): Typically NORs are US Citizen EFMs and EFMs of FS, GS, and uniform service members who are eligible for employment under an American USG pay plan, on the travel orders and under Chief of Mission authority, or other personnel having diplomatic privileges and immunities.
The US Mission in Mexico 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.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.
The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation.  Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.