Research Associate (Agronomy) at International Potato Center (CIP) – International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

IITA, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, develops agricultural innovations to address some of Africa’s most pressing issues, such as hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and resource depletion. In Sub-Saharan Africa, we work with many partners to increase employment, strengthen food and nutrition security, improve livelihoods, and preserve the integrity of natural resources. IITA is a partner in CGIAR, an organisation that conducts global agricultural research to guarantee future food security.

Recruitment is currently ongoing to fill the following vacancy:

Job Title: Research Associate (Agronomy)

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2022-025
Location: Jos, Plateau
Recruitment Type: National (1-year renewable contract)


  • The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture on behalf of CIP seeks suitable Nigerian for the position below at the CIP project location in Jos.
  • NPSSP aims to support potato seed security in Nigeria by building local capacity within the public and private sector to supply adequate amounts of quality seed of in-demand and locally adapted varieties that meet the main market segment, while supporting smallholder farmers in maximizing their investments in seed through building capacity in on-farm seed quality management, good agricultural practices for improving soil health and fertility.


  • Design, plan and manage multi-location on-farm experimental trials.
  • Provide technical backstopping to farmers, extension workers and researchers on implementing on multi-location on-farm trials.
  • Build capacity of partners, extension agents and/or enumerators in the use of digital data collection tools to collect data in multi-location field trials.
  • Monitor progress with digital data collection by different enumerators and follow up on overall progress with data submission.
  • Conduct capacity building interventions for ware potato producers, farmers, partners, private sector enterprises on soil fertility management and other good agricultural practices.
  • Coordinate and support planning and implementation of field days and training events.
  • Work with partners to coordinate and monitor activities, such as extension training of trainers followed by farmer training, and monitor collection of field data.
  • Oversee day-to-day management and implementation of the project activities in close collaboration with project partners.
  • Present the activities, results, impacts and outcomes of the project at professional, donor and other stakeholders’ meetings.
  • Produce progress reports of the field activities including maintaining database, managing and analyzing technical and economic data, write briefs, journal article and project technical reports.
  • Document lessons learned and best practices on the project development, implementation, and oversight activities.
  • Work effectively in the project team to develop a collegial, mutually supportive, and high-performance work atmosphere.
  • Proactively take responsibility to ensure safety of humans and property and implement the project activities in timely manner in keeping with the budgets allocated.
  • Carry out any job-related duties as may be assigned by the Country Team Leader or other senior members of the organization.


  • Master’s Degree in Agriculture or related discipline with minimum of five (5) years’ hands on training and field experience in agronomy and soil fertility management of vegetative propagated crops.

The ideal candidate must:

  • Be an excellent team player.
  • Be entrepreneurial and proactive performer
  • Have knowledge of local language (Plateau State will be helpful).
  • Have advanced written and oral communication skills in English.

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

Application Closing Date
15th January, 2023.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Click here for more information (PDF)


  • Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed cover letter and curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format
  • 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.
  • IITA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse workforce, particularly welcoming applications from women.
  • While all applications will be acknowledged, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



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