The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Teaching & Non-teaching Positions

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The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Teaching & Non-teaching Positions

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a not-for-profit institution that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation. Working with various partners across sub-Saharan Africa, we improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity. IITA is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

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1. Job Title: Research Associate
Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-043
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)

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

  • Supervise field/laboratory research activities across plantain breeding and trial sites, breeding operations including field preparation and layout, field management, pollinations, and data collection;
  • Responsible for updating and maintaining trial records and pedigree records on banana breeding database (MUSABASE) and backstop plantain breeding staff on digital data entry and use of applicable software; and liaise with the banana breeding team in East Africa;
  • Assist in designing experiments, collating data, running statistical analysis (ANOVAS for comparing genotype performance for single location and multienvironment trials), conduct literature search and prepare good quality reports;
  • Supervise germplasm multiplication and distribution activities for the programme;
  • Keep track of hybrids being used worldwide and organise feedback;
  • Plan and ensure procurement of supplies for laboratory, field, screen house activities, oversee hiring and supervision of casual labour for various operations while maintaining strict control of budget expenditures;
  • Supervise junior staff and assist in annual performance appraisals;
  • Assist graduate students on their research projects and trainees/interns as required;
  • Assist the IITA plantain breeder with reporting to donors;
  • Perform all other related duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications

  • M.Sc in Plant Breeding, Crop Production, Agronomy or related discipline with minimum of three (3) years’ related experience in a related role in an agricultural research organization or equivalent experience is desired.

Competencies
The ideal candidate must:

  • Possess excellent computer skills in MS-Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and strong knowledge in experimental design and use of statistical analysis packages
  • Have excellent writing and oral communication skills in English.
  • Be well organized and work effectively in a team, able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, implement protocols, troubleshoot and train subordinates.
  • Be experience in database management and use of statistical analysis software (particularly R) would be considered as an advantage.

Remuneration

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

Application Closing Date
8th January, 2020.

Method of Application
Interested applicants should complete the online application below, attaching detailed Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word. 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, a 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 women candidates
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

2. Job Title: Subject Teacher – English and Religions of The World

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-044
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Recruitment Type: 6 Months renewable contract

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

Teaching & Learning:

  • To manage pupil learning through effective teaching in accordance with the school’s programmes and policies.
  • To ensure continuity, progression and cohesiveness in all teaching.
  • To use a variety of methods and approaches (including differentiation) to match curricular objectives and the range of pupil needs and ensure equal opportunity for all pupils.
  • To set homework regularly, (in accordance with the School homework policy), to consolidate and extend learning and to encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own learning.
  • To work with support staff (including prior discussion and joint planning) in order to benefit from their specialist knowledge and to maximize their effectiveness within lessons where appropriate.
  • To work effectively as a member of the Faculty to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
  • To set high expectations for all pupils, to deepen their knowledge and understanding and to maximize their achievement.
  • To use positive management of behavior in an environment of mutual respect which allows pupils to feel safe and secure and promotes their self-esteem.
  • To take a leading role in writing schemes of work for the Middle School.
  • To consider the needs of all pupils within lessons (and to implement specialist advice) especially those who:
    • Have Special Education Needs;
    • Are gifted and talented;
    • Are not yet fluent in English.

Monitoring, Assessment, Recording, Reporting, and Accountability:

  • To be immediately responsible for the processes of identification, assessment, recording and reporting for the pupils in their charge.
  • To assess pupils’ work systematically and use the results to inform future planning, teaching and curricular development.
  • To be familiar with assessment and reporting procedures and to prepare and present informative, helpful and accurate reports to parents.
  • Keep an accurate register of pupils for each lesson. Unexplained absences or patterns of absence should be reported immediately in accordance with the School policy.

Subject Knowledge & Understanding:

  • To have a thorough and up-to-date knowledge and understanding programmes of study, level descriptors and specifications for examination courses for national and international examinations.
  • To keep up to date with research and developments in pedagogy and the subject area.

Professional Standards & Development:

  • To be a role model to pupils through personal presentation and professional conduct.
  • To arrive in class, on or before the start of the lesson, and to begin and end lessons on time.
  • To cover for absent colleagues
  • To co-operate with the employer in all matters concerning Health and Safety and specifically to take reasonable care of their own Health & Safety, and that of any other persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work.
  • To be familiar with the School and IITA handbooks and support all the School’s policies.
  • To establish effective working relationships with professional colleagues and associate staff.
  • To strive for personal and professional development through active involvement in the School’s appraisal system and performance management procedures.
  • To be involved in extra-curricular activities such as contributing to after-school clubs and visits.
  • To maintain a working knowledge and understanding of teachers’ professional standards, including the role of the education service in protecting children.
  • To liaise effectively with parent/carers and with other agencies with responsibility for pupils’ education and welfare.
  • To undertake any reasonable task as directed by the Head Teacher.

Qualification

  • First degree in English or related subject with a minimum of five (5) years’ post graduate teaching experience teaching English in an international school.

Competencies
The ideal candidate must:

  • Have excellent knowledge of English teaching in international schools.
  • Have knowledge of teaching of religions of the world and/or other humanities subjects.
  • Be excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Be able to interact well with parents, staff and pupils.
  • Self-directed and competent in the use of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

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

Application Closing Date
24th December, 2019.

Method of Application
Interested applicants should complete the online application below, attaching detailed Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word. 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 women candidates
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

3. Job Title: Research Associate, TORs – Plantain and Banana Improvement Programme

Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Contract: National (2-year renewable contract)
Application Start Date: 2020-03-02
Job Type: Fixed term – Renewable

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

  • Assist plantain/banana breeders in planning and implementing laboratory and field research activities for the breeding programme and manage the breeding database;
  • Supervise field/laboratory research activities across plantain breeding and trial sites, breeding operations including field preparation and layout, field management, pollinations, and data collection;
  • Be responsible for updating and maintaining trial records and pedigree records on banana breeding database (MUSABASE) and backstop plantain breeding staff on digital data entry and use of applicable software; and liaise with the banana breeding team in East Africa
  • Assist in designing experiments, collating data, running statistical analysis (ANOVAS for comparing genotype performance for single location and multi-environment trials), conduct literature search and prepare good quality reports;
  • Supervise germplasm multiplication and distribution activities for the programme; Keep track of hybrids being used worldwide and organise feed back
  • Plan and ensure procurement of supplies for laboratory, field, and screen house activities, oversee hiring and supervision of casual labour for various operations while maintaining strict control of budget expenditures;
  • Supervise junior staff and assist in annual performance appraisals;
  • Assist graduate students on their research projects and trainees/interns as required;
  • Assist the IITA plantain breeder with reporting to donors;
  • Perform all other related duties that may be assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications

  • M.Sc in Plant Breeding, Crop Production, Agronomy, or related discipline with a strong background in genetics, computer science/data management and/or statistics and proven skills in reporting.
  • A minimum of three (3) years’ experience performing similar functions or related roles in an agricultural research organization or equivalent experience is desired.

Competencies
The ideal candidate must:

  • Possess excellent computer skills in MS-Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and strong knowledge in experimental design and use of statistical analysis packages;
  • Have excellent writing and oral communication skills in English.
  • Be well organized and work effectively in a team, able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, implement protocols, troubleshoot and train subordinates.
  • *Experience in database management and use of statistical analysis software (particularly R) would be considered as an advantage.

Application Closing Date
28th February, 2020.

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: Cassava Phenotyping Scientist 
Ref: DDG-R4D/CPS/S/11/19
Location: Ibadan
Contract type: IRS Contract

Job Descriptions

  • Genomic resources have opened up new opportunities associated with predictive breeding including genome-wide selection schemes in plant breeding pipelines. However, acquisition of high-throughput phenomics data is a rate-limiting step in the quest to increase breeding efficiency and accelerate genetic gain. Additionally, high throughput phenomics is needed for basic research in cassava physiology including use of products of transgenics and gene editing.
  • A major goal of this position is to develop automated and semi-automated methods for lab and field based high-throughput phenotyping to permit precise quantitative analysis of plant growth rates, structure and function; and genetic dissection of complex traits. T
  • he high-throughput phenotyping work will involve using remote sensing technology tools including UAVs with numerous sensors to automatically collect quantitative data on plant variability.
  • This person will also manage confined trials under confined field trial conditions for the purpose of phenotype novel genetic resources for physiological characteristics related to photosynthesis and crop metabolism.

Position Responsibilities 

  • Use red/green/blue (RGB) and multi/hyperspectral imaging to carry out routine assessment of plant development under stress and non-stress environments including:  – Emergence count, canopy height and cover fraction – Crop health indices (green area index, temperature and fluorescence)
  • Develop image processing and analytics methods for cassava field trials including use of threedimensional reconstructions (Orthomosaic models).
  • Work with breeders and molecular geneticists to combine remote sensing, physiological and agronomic traits to develop models for predicting genotype performance under different environmental conditions.
  • Coordinate precise sampling of plant tissues (leaf, stem and roots) in the field as well as under confined field trials for biochemistry analysis to understand underlying genetic variation between breeding varieties.
  • Participate in execution of experiments under confined field trials.
  • Conduct capacity building activities related in the area of high-throughput phenotyping using remote sensing approaches by training PhD and master students.
  • Responsible for including all experimental metadata and trial data in the project database.
  • Responsible for preparation of project technical and financial reports as required by the project timetable.
  • Preparation of publications in collaboration with other project scientists.
  • Supervision of staff and students.
  • Contribute to resource mobilization.
  • Other responsibilities as requested by your supervisor.

Educational Qualifications

  • The candidate should possess a PhD in Plant Physiology, Agronomy, remote sensing or other relevant fields from a highly recognized university.

Core Competencies:

  • Sound technical knowledge in high-throughput phenotyping using remote-sensing tools such as UAVs.
  • Strong knowledge of plant physiology and physiological processes of cassava.
  • Competence in statistical analysis programming language R.
  • Ability to satisfy all regulatory and management requirements for running confined field trials in Nigeria.
  • Experience with database management.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural environment.

General Information:

  • The initial appointment is for three years.
  • IITA offers a competitive remuneration package paid in US dollars.

Application Closing Date
31st December, 2019.

Method of Application

Interested applicants should complete the online application below. Applications must include 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).The application should be addressed to the “Head of Human Resources”

Click here to apply online

Click here for more Information (PDF)

Note

  • IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women candidates
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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