USDA APHIS International Services

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Candidate will:
• Work closely with USDA – APHIS and the Government of Mexico to coordinate and develop procedures for Mexico to respond to livestock diseases and pests, particularly those exotic or of limited distribution in the US and those that affect US – Mexico bilateral trade and trade relations.
• Collaborate with industry and government official in the US and Mexico to develop and implement veterinary medical and program procedures for the prevention of key animal diseases in Mexico.
• Assist with the development and recommendations of new/improved procedures for managing animal quarantines in Mexico.
• Assist the Government of Mexico with carrying out the proper diagnostics for animal diseases of concern to the United States.
• Resolve animal and animal product trade disruptions for both the US and Mexico.
• Help manage and develop training for veterinarians related to the dynamic security environment in Mexico, particularly as it relates to veterinary trade facilitation.
The candiate will have a wide and unique range of experiences that will include high-level intereaction with Mexican Government counterparts, troublshooting and resolving trade issues, providing technical support to Mexican vetrenarians, and helping to develop animal trade work-arounds that function in a complex security environment.
Candidate will be coordinating and interacting with many of the top veterinarians in Mexico, some of which are APHIS employees and others are with the Government of Mexico. Additionally, candidate will have constant interaction with many APHIS expert vets that handle portfolios such covering trade, FMD, CSF, Cattle Fever Tick, AI, and other diseases of quarantine significance in the United States. Additionally, candidate will have access to high-level embassy officials that analyze US-Mexico trade issues related to agriculture and trade.
The candidate will have access to innumerable educational resources related to animal health and trade in Mexico including: APHIS and Government of Mexico websites, access to innumerable animal health regulatory experts in both the US and Mexico. Access to trade experts within APHIS as well as at the US Embassy, access to historical trade and animal health files relating to ongoing trade/animal health issues in both the US and Mexico.
Candidate is expected to work closely with APHIS officials in Mexico, Washington DC, and throughout the United States. Additionally, candidate is expected to work with the Government of Mexico and industry representatives throughout Mexico and the United States.
Candidate will work approximately 40 hours per week. Additionally, there may be oportunities for the candiate to travel in Mexico (though funding for this may be quite limited). Immediate supervision will be provided by the APHIS Assistant Director for Mexico (Darya Chehrezad), however supervision and direction will also be provided by other APHIS official in Mexico City
USDA - APHIS - International Services, Mexico City, Mexico
Sierra Nevada 115, Las Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico
darya [dot] chehrezad [at] aphis [dot] usda [dot] gov
Darya Chehrezad, Assistant Director
Posted:  10/22/13