The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Graduate & Non-graduate Positions

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The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Graduate & Non-graduate Positions

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is one of the world’s leading research partners in finding solutions for hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. Its award-winning research-for-development (R4D) approach addresses the development needs of tropical countries. IITA works with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture. IITA is a non-profit organization founded in 1967 in Nigeria and governed by a Board of Trustees. IITA works on the following crops: cowpea, soybean, banana/plantain, yam, cassava, and maize. It is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future.

Applications are invited for the positions below:

1. Job Title: Administrative Assistant I

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-013
Location: ABUAD (Ado-Ekiti)
Recruitment Type: National (1-year renewable contract)

Duties
Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

  • Perform general office administration duties;
  • Assist in typing report, letters and other document which may be confidential in nature;
  • Handle incoming mail, collection, distribution as well as mailing as directed;
  • Carryout photocopying and scanning of documents;
  • Carryout data entry and organize data in hard and soft copies;
  • Organize and maintain archive for each scientist and his team;
  • Maintain records of contract, payment disbursement and work schedule;
  • Prepare and assist in material procurement and track purchase orders as requested using IITA procurement system;
  • Request and maintain record of office stationeries supply;
  • Assist in arranging travel using IITA travel authorization guidelines
  • Assist in managing scientist schedules and assist with meetings and training logistics;
  • Assist in receiving visitors to units in a courteous manner;
  • Answer telephone and direct request to the right unit and staff;
  • Respond to E-mail requested as directed;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the supervisor.

Qualifications

  • OND in Secretarial Studies or related field with minimum of three (3) years’ experience performing similar or related roles.

Competencies
The ideal candidate must:

  • Be proficient with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel Word and PowerPoint).
  • Have good command of English Language.
  • Have ability to multitask and work effectively within strict deadlines.

Remuneration
We offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment.

Application Closing Date
26th April, 2019.

Method of Application 
Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed cover letter and curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format, The application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include the applicant’s current or previous direct Supervisor, professional colleague and evidence of current remuneration package.

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Note: IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from female candidates.

2. Job Title: Research Supervisor

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-011
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Recruitment Type: National (2-years renewable contract)

Duties

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

  • Assist in coordinating activities in the laboratory that include single spore isolation, identification and long-term storage of banana pathogens and biocontrol agents;
  • Assist with scoring for banana and plantain disease in the laboratory, screenhouse and breeding fields;
  • Assist in establishing banana weevil and nematode culture, extraction of DNA, running of PCRAs, gels on pathogens and biocontrol agents;
  • Provide assistance to students and visiting scientists;
  • Assist in developing laboratory compliance and operating protocol, ensure proper data entry and record keeping in the unit;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications

  • B.Sc/HND in Plant Science, Agriculture, Biology or related field with minimum of two (2) years’ experience performing similar or related roles.

Competencies
The ideal candidate must have:

  • Good knowledge of field and screenhouse disease scoring culture of pest, pathogen and endophyte isolation and PCR.
  • Experience in running and interpretation of gels and generate laboratory reports.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft tools.

Remuneration

  • We offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment.

Application Closing Date
26th April, 2019.

Method of Application 
Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed cover letter and curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format, The application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include the applicant’s current or previous direct Supervisor, professional colleague and evidence of current remuneration package.

Click here to apply online

Click here for more information (PDF)

Note: IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from female candidates.

3. Job Title: Accounting Technician

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-013
Location: Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti
Contract: 1-year renewable contract
Recruitment Type: National (1-year renewable contract)

Duties

  • Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:
  • Process expense claim and process cash imprest;
  • Assist in handling blank cheques during working hours and also write cheques;
  • Keep bank book records, reconcile bank statement and statement of accounts of suppliers;
  • Assist in initiating letters of fund transfer, give notice of remittance of fund transfer to payees and respond to enquires on fund transfer and payments;
  • Assist in reconciliation of accounts from IITA and AfricaRice;
  • Respond to Internal/External Auditors’ queries on payment to suppliers;
  • Handle Oracle AP and GL responsibilities and carry out data entry activities;
  • Assist in updating cheques register;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Qualification

  • OND in Accounting or related field with minimum of (2) years’ experience performing similar or related roles.

Competencies
The ideal candidate must:

  • Be agile and hardworking.
  • Be honest, trustworthy and articulate and able to work under pressure.
  • Be conversant with the use of Oracle and other financial applications.
  • Be experienced in designing, implementing and maintaining M&E systems in the agricultural and agribusiness sector;
  • Have experience in managing quantitative and qualitative data and analyzing it using spreadsheets software such as SPSS, CSPro, Excel and STATA;
  • Have demonstrated success in working in multi-disciplinary teams especially in
  • CGIAR member organization and partnerships in a collaborative research work;
  • Have ability and willingness to travel to monitor project implementation processes and perform data quality control;
  • Have excellent leadership, training and facilitation skills;
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and fluent English language capability (with French being an added advantage);
  • Have ability to demonstrate high level skills in organizational communications, public relations and media management in a complex and dynamic operating environment, preferably in an international development context;
  • Have ability to multi-task and work under pressure;
  • Have ability to apply donor branding and communications requirements;
  • Have excellent team playing skills with the ability to also work with minimum supervision.

Remuneration

  • We offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment.

Application Closing Date
26th April, 2019.

Method of Application 
Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed cover letter and curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format, The application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include the applicant’s current or previous direct Supervisor, professional colleague and evidence of current remuneration package.

Click here to apply online

Click here for more information (PDF)

Note: IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from female candidates.

4. Job Title: Monitoring, Evaluation, Communication and Data Management Officer

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-013
Location: Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti
Contract: 1-year renewable contract
Recruitment Type: National (1-year renewable contract)

Duties
Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

  • Ensure the project is moving towards intended results;
  • Ascertain that trainees are properly guided to acquire the intended training;
  • Ensure the accountability by all the business proprietors;
  • Mentor the trainees to build the requisite skills and monitor them as they progress;
  • Determine information needs of project managers, partners, and collaborating institutions;
  • Identify and design performance questions, key indicators and targets for each project;
  • Agree with stakeholders on how to record, report, and analyze progress against targets, and design formats for reporting on progress;
  • Design and implement appropriate training manuals;
  • Ensure professional branding of all the training materials;
  • Work closely with the Project Manager and respond to enquires appropriately;
  • Manage events and prepare associated communications materials including speeches and briefings;
  • Write and develop communication tools, such as posters, media releases, slide presentation and newsletter;
  • Proactively identify key program achievements and impacts for dissemination through a range of mediums to varied audiences;
  • Undertake and facilitate the project M & E plan implementation, regularly revising and updating performance questions, indicators, methods, formats and analytical processes;
  • Provide training, mentoring trainees and staff on the communication strategy;
  • Conduct evaluation (baseline, mid-term, end of project), internal and external impact assessment studies;
  • Develop alternative strategies for implementation of M&E activities as may be needed;
  • Effectively maintain the project’s M&E database(s) and ensure the data are up-todate and can provide the strategic report needed;
  • Perform any other duty as may be assigned from time to time by the Supervisor.

Qualifications

  • MSc in Agricultural Economics, Program Evaluation, Mathematics, Statistics, Communication, and Development Studies with a minimum of six (6) years’ experience performing similar or related role preferably with an international organization.

Competencies
The ideal candidate must:

  • Be experienced in designing, implementing and maintaining M&E systems in the agricultural and agribusiness sector;
  • Have experience in managing quantitative and qualitative data and analyzing it using spreadsheets software such as SPSS, CSPro, Excel and STATA;
  • Have demonstrated success in working in multi-disciplinary teams especially in
  • CGIAR member organization and partnerships in a collaborative research work;
  • Have ability and willingness to travel to monitor project implementation processes and perform data quality control;
  • Have excellent leadership, training and facilitation skills;
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and fluent English language capability (with French being an added advantage);
  • Have ability to demonstrate high level skills in organizational communications, public relations and media management in a complex and dynamic operating environment, preferably in an international development context;
  • Have ability to multi-task and work under pressure;
  • Have ability to apply donor branding and communications requirements;
  • Have excellent team playing skills with the ability to also work with minimum supervision.

Remuneration

  • We offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment.

Application Closing Date
26th April, 2019.

Method of Application 
Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed cover letter and curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format, The application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include the applicant’s current or previous direct Supervisor, professional colleague and evidence of current remuneration package.

Click here to apply online

Click here for more information (PDF)

Note: IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from female candidates.

5. Job Title: Procurement Officer

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-012
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Contract: 3-year renewable contract

Duties
Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

  • Assist the Procurement Specialist in the implementation of procurement procedures for the program in accordance with AfDB and CGIAR requirements, as applicable;
  • Prepare a Program Procurement Plan that includes the focus value chains and Enablers in close consultation with Value chain and Enabler leaders;
  • Prepare and update the Value chains’ annual procurement plans to be included in the program’s quarterly and annual work plans and budgets;
  • Prepare relevant inputs to standard bidding documents, such as TORs, specifications and Bills of Quantities;
  • Participates in the bidding/tendering processes for the procurement of works, goods and services following AfDB and CG procurement rules and procedures as applicable;
  • Collate all program technical quarterly and annual reports from the different value chains and Enablers for review and submission to the Bank;
  • Assist with the organization of program management meetings and AfDB supervision missions, including the preparation of all materials required for such meetings;
  • Prepare all procurement records to facilitate post-procurement reviews during supervision missions;
  • Keep and maintain up-to-date procurement records in line with AfDB requirements;
  • Carry out any other activities assigned by the Procurement Specialist or the Head of the Project Management Unit.

Qualification

  • Minimum of BSc/HND in Public or Business Administration, or Accounting/Finance or related field from a recognized university with proven track record and/or specialized training in procurement with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience as a procurement officer in a multilateral donor funded project or program with a procurement authority.

Competencies
The ideal candidate must:

  • Demonstrate ability to plan and co-ordinate, and monitor own work plans, including meeting of set deadlines.
  • Be self-motivated with ability to work under minimum supervision.
  • Have computer literacy, especially in Microsoft Office.
  • Be an excellent team player with good interpersonal skills.
  • Be proficiency in English language with excellent writing, communication and presentation skills.
  • Have working knowledge of AfDB, World Bank and/or CGIAR procurement rules and procedures will be added advantage.

Remuneration
We offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment.

Application Closing Date
25th April, 2019.

Method of Application 
Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed cover letter and curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format, The application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include the applicant’s current or previous direct Supervisor, professional colleague and evidence of current remuneration package.

Click here to apply online

Click here for more information (PDF)

Note: IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from female candidates.

6. Job Title: Project Manager for Youth Employment in Agri-business and Sustainable Agriculture ABUAD-IITA-AfricaRice IFAD Project 

Ref: DDG-P4D/PM/YE/ASA/04/19
Location: ABUAD IFAD Project Office, Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Nigeria.

Background

  • The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) together with Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) and Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) invite applications for the internationally recruited position of Project Manager for Youth Employment in Agri-business and Sustainable Agriculture ABUAD-IITA-AfricaRice IFAD Project.
  • The Project Manager for Youth Employment in Agri-business and Sustainable Agriculture ABUAD-IITA-AfricaRice IFAD Project will have the overall managerial responsibility of the project.

Position Responsibilities 
The Project Manager will:

  • Provide overall project management, help to develop a strong, coherent technical vision and initiate innovative strategies across the project.
  • Work together with Project Coordinator IITA and Project Coordinator AfricaRice respectively to coordinate implementation of all the project activities.
  • Establish and operate a project management system and supervise program operations, personnel, M&E, and preparation of periodic written reports to IFAD.
  • Design and manage interventions that aim to build capacity of youth across different components of the project.
  • Identify and manage technological innovations within the project, and disseminate findings through stakeholder meetings (advocacy), print, radio and cell phone-based systems.
  • Facilitate internal and external communication.
  • Monitor and evaluate progress towards project milestones.
  • Contribute in ensuring effective overall contract management, reporting, communications and relationship management with donor, partners and stakeholders.
  • Coordinate organization of planning meetings and training workshops.

Educational Qualifications

  • The candidate should have PhD in Agriculture-Life Science related fields.

Core Competencies:

  • The candidate should possess the intellectual leadership and strong management skills necessary to develop, articulate and carry out a vision for the project.
  • At least 15 years relevant job experience from international organizations/NGOs/donors, preferably linked to tropical agriculture or international development.
  • At least 6 years postdoctoral experience in proposal development, project management, grant management and resource mobilization.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in managing teams of professionals, administrative, procurement, hiring, recruitment, financial and logistical aspects of project implementation.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the writing and publication of technical documents in relation to the project goals.
  • Strong skills in team building and creating synergies between project partners and activities.
  • Proven success in work relations with a wide range of partners, including financing institutions, governments, private sector, and other development actors.
  • Excellent and extensive organizational and administrative skills and experience.
  • Ability to work well in a multicultural setting.
  • Gender awareness.
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Power Point).
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Fluency in English is required, and a working knowledge of French is a strong advantage.

General information
The contract will be for a period of three years based on performance and availability of funding. IITA offers internationally competitive remuneration package paid in U.S. Dollars.

Application Closing Date
27th April, 2019.

Method of Application 
Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed covering letter which should address how the candidate’s background/experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three professional referees (which must include either the Head of the applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor/Superior at his/her present or former place of work)

Click here to apply online

Click here for more information (PDF)

Note: IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from female candidates.

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