NB_280_19_2 - NB 280-19-2 INC – International Assignment Candidates Database
NB 280-19-2 INC – International Assignment Candidates Database
National Bulletin: 280-19-2 Date: December 6, 2018
Subject: INC – International Assignment Candidates Database

Purpose.  To inform NRCS employees of the International Programs Division’s database of employees who wish to be considered for international assignments and the procedures to follow for registration.   
Expiration Date.  September 30, 2019
Background.  The NRCS International Programs Division (IPD) is responsible for identifying and nominating candidates for possible international assignments. IPD maintains a database of NRCS employees who have requested to be considered for such assignments and who have provided the necessary information for entry into the database.

All NRCS employees are encouraged to register if they wish to be considered for possible international assignments. Registration is strictly voluntary and is simply an indication of personal interest. It does not guarantee being offered an international assignment – such assignments are relatively few and very competitive. If contacted for any given assignment, participation will require the concurrence of the employee’s immediate supervisor and will be at the employee’s discretion.
Explanation.  Periodically, NRCS receives requests from other U.S. Government agencies or other partners to identify NRCS employees for consideration to provide short or long-term technical assistance at various locations overseas or in Washington, DC. IPD anticipates an increase in such requests in the near future. These requests may be to provide training or technical assistance, use of expertise in agriculture or natural resources management, or may be in response to natural disasters (hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.). This database will also be used for such opportunities as the Embassy Science Fellowship Program, which has a separate competitive application process. In order to be able to respond quickly to such requests, IPD maintains a database to identify employees with the qualifications to be considered for such assignments. Employees already in the database do not need to register. However, information should be updated if an employee has had additional international experience or a significant change in duties and responsibilities since originally registering.

Download the Excel spreadsheet database registration form, “Database of employees interested in international assignments,” from the IPD website at

Save the file as “your lastname firstname middle initial” (for example, Bennett Hugh H). Complete the form and email it to linda.risden@usda.gov for entry into the IPD database.

Additional information on IPD, recent newsletters, and the various opportunities for international assignments, as well as the types of assignments and procedures, are available on the IPD website.   
Contact.  If further information is needed, please contact Lillian Woods Shawver, director, at (301) 504-2269.


Acting Deputy Chief for Management and Strategy

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