Jobs at The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture


The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the positions below. These positions are funded by African Development Bank (AfDB) under the Support to Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops in Africa (SARD-SC).

IITA is an international non-profit research-for-development (R4D) organization created in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and supported primarily by the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Our R4D is anchor on the development needs of sub-Saharan Africa. We develop agricultural solutions with our partners to eliminate hunger and poverty by reducing producer and consumer risks, enhancing crop quality and productivity, and generating wealth from Agriculture.
We have more than 100 internationally recruited scientists from about 35 countries and 900 nationally recruited staff based in various stations across Africa. Please visit http://www.iita.org for more information on IITA.

General information: Initial appointment is for two years. Subsequent renewal of the contract will be decided based on research outputs and productivity, and continued need for the position,
REMUNERATION: We offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive fringe benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment.
METHOD OF APPLICATION:
Interested applicants should forward their applications with detailed curriculum vitae, the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include either the Head of applicant's current or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor/Superior officer at work and evidence of current remuneration package to IITA website: http://www.iita.org/careers .
Closing Dale: 30th  May, 2013


  • Country Project
    Supervisor
    (2 year renewable
    Contract)

    DUTIES:
    This position is for staff seconded by Government. The Country Program Coordinator for Nigeria reports directly to the SARD-SC Maize specialist in consultation with the Budget Officer for guidance in major work plan and day to day operations.

    Primary Duties:
    • Ensure the effective development of Innovation Platforms (Ips)
    • Coordinate and backstop the national partners of the maize value chain stakeholders (producers, processors, traders, financial institutions, extension workers and researchers) within each IP to sustain the maize competitiveness
    • Coordinate in-country execution of SARD-SC maize component activities
    • Participate in sensitization programs and other activities to ensure visibility and effectiveness of the project
    • Participate in training workshops as well as project review and planning meetings.
    • Etc.
     Qualification and Experience
    • A minimum of M. Sc. degree in related sciences
    • Minimum experience in five (5) years in a similar position
    • Knowledge of socio-economic will be an advantage
    • Experience with participatory , working with farmers or farmer associations and the private sector
    • Be proficient in the use of computers, database management software, statistical analysis software, internet-based tools and other electronic communications.
    • Good verbal and written communication skills in English are required.


    Location: Not Specified
    Experience: 5 year(s)
    Course of Study: Not Specified
    Required Grade:  Not Specified


  • Research
    Supervisor
    (3 positions)
    2 year renewable
    contract

    DUTIES:
    The Research Assistants will work as members of the SARD-SC project team in Nigeria
    Primary Duties:
    • Preparation of maize seeds for planting
    • Planting of maize trials and collection of data
    • Supervision and maintenance of trials planted in different locations
    • Pollination of maize genotypes as directed
    • Harvesting of maize trials and nurseries and processing of seeds for storage
    • Conduct any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor from time to time
    Qualification and Experience
    • B. Sc/HND in Crop Production, General Agriculture, Horticulture or related discipline from a reputable university/college/polytechnic.
    • Minimum experience of three position
    • Basic knowledge of crop management operations
    • Good time management and cropping skills
    • Ability to perform multiple tasks and work under pressure
    • Team player


    Location: Not Specified
    Experience: 3 year(s)
    Course of Study: Not Specified
    Required Grade:  Not Specified



  • Assistant Admin Officer
    ( 2 positions)
    2 year renewable
    contract

    The Administrative Assistants will work as members of the SARD-SC project team in Nigeria
    Primary Duties:
    • Provide secretarial and administrative support to the Scientists and other member of staff.
    • Prepare documents using the Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc)
    • File management and handling of administrative issues.
    • Keep records of support staff and other schedules of scientists records using appropriate record-handling methodology
    • Liaise with other units in order to perform assigned tasks and to ensure that objectives and set goals are achieved
    • Etc.
     
    Qualification and Experience
    • B. Sc/HND in Management or Business administration from a reputable university/college/polytechnic.
    • Minimum experience of 3 years
    • Basic knowledge of Accounting
    • Good organization and planning skills time management skills.
    • Ability to perform multiple tasks and work under pressure
    • Excellent computer skills – Microsoft Office Packages
    • Knowledge of immigration and visa procedures
    • Team player


    Location: Not Specified
    Experience: 3 year(s)
    Course of Study: Not Specified
    Required Grade:  Not Specified


  • Research
    Technician
    ( 2 positions)
    2 year renewable
    contract

    The Research Technicians will work as members of the SARO-SC project team in Nigeria
    Primary Duties:
    • Prepare, process and package maize trials
    • Distribute trials to different in-country locations
    • Plant and collect data
    • Maintain trial field
    • Engage in seed production
    • Harvest Trials
    • Any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor

    Qualification and Experience
    • Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Crop Production, General Agriculture, Horticulture Of related discipline from a reputable university / college / polytechnic
    • Minimum experience of 3 years in a similar position
    • Basic knowledge of crop management operations
    •  Good time management and cropping skills.
    • Ability to perform multiple tasks and work under pressure
    • Team player


    Location: Not Specified
    Experience: 3 year(s)
    Course of Study: Not Specified
    Required Grade:  Not Specified



  • Research Associate- Maize Breeding
    (2 positions)
    (2 year renewable
    Contract)

    The Research Associate will work as a member of the SARD-SC Project team in Nigeria and provide technical support to the team for effective development and deployment of improved maize genotypes
    Primary Duties:
    • Assists in execution of maize trials
    • Assist with the seed production and maintenance of maize
    • Supervision of on-station and on-farm trials
    • Works with other project staff in capacity building of public and private sector partners to develop and disseminate maize genotypes
    • Provide supports to national program staff and national partners for field trial management and data management and analysis,
    •  Collation and analyses of data from experiments
    • Contributes to publications and presentation of research outputs
    • Any other responsibility as may be assigned by the supervisor

    Qualification and Experience
    • M. Sc in Plant Breeding, Crop physiology, Agronomy or field.
    • At least 2 years of relevant experience in national/international organizations
    • Good knowledge of Microsoft office and econometric software such as STATA and SPSS
    • Strong ability to co-ordinate, prioritize and organize workload
    •  Ability to take initiative and work under pressure and willingness to work for longer hours where necessary
    • Good team spirit and also participate as a team member in accomplishment of duties
    • Able to work effectively both in teams and independently


    Location: Not Specified
    Experience: 2 year(s)
    Course of Study: Not Specified
    Required Grade:  Not Specified


  • Research
    Associate
    (Socio-Economic)

    The Research Associate will work as a member of the maize SARD-SC Project team in Nigeria and provide technical support to the team for conduct of: socio-economic studies Including baseline and impact studies related to maize value-chain.
    Other duties:
    • Assist scientists in designing of survey instrument
    • Carry out socio-economic surveys nationally and across borders where necessary.
    • Supervise other support staff in socio-economic unit
    • Entering 01 data and supervision of data entry of by other support staff members.
    • Write report as necessary as and when demanded
    • Clean and edit data collected from surveys
    • Conduct other assignm1:lnt as assigned by supervisors

    Qualification and Experience
    • M. Sc in Agricultural Economics or related field
    • At least 2 years of relevant experience in national/international organizations
    • Excellent English reporting, writing and oral communication skills
    • Good knowledge of Microsoft office and econometric software such as STATA and SPSS
    • Good team spirit and also participate as a team member in accomplishment of duties.
    • Able to work effectively both in teams and independently.


    Location: Not Specified
    Experience: 2 year(s)
    Course of Study: Not Specified
    Required Grade:  Not Specified


  • Accounting
    Assistant
    (2 year renewable
    Contract)

    The Accounting Assistant will work as a member of the SARD-SC project team in Nigeria
    Primary Duties:
    • Preparation of payments vouchers/advices, petty cash payment vouchers, journals vouchers etc.
    • Handling of blank cheques during working hours and also writing cheques.
    • Maintain advances and assets registers for the project
    • Handling of Oracle AP and GL responsibilities and carry out data entries activities
    • Keeping books of prime entries and reconcile statement of account of suppliers
    • Responding to queries from suppliers and service providers
    • Organize and maintain files on financial transactions
    • Providing linkage with procurement processes in the project
    • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by your Supervisor

    Qualification and Experience
    • OND in Accountancy/Business Studies or ICAN Foundation or AAT III plus at least 3 years' relevant working experience in  accounting,
    • Be honest, trustworthy and hardworking.
    • Be a good team player with demonstrated ability to work with minimum supervision.
    • Have sound analytical mind.
    • Be willing to put in extra hours when the need arises
    • Good knowledge of computer spreadsheet, Oracle application and Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word and Power Point)
    • Good command other English language.
    • Ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment
    • Ability to handle stress effectively and remain focused


    Location: Not Specified
    Experience: 3 year(s)
    Course of Study: Not Specified
    Required Grade:  Not Specified
  • Drivers
    (2 year renewable contract)

    The Drivers/Field workers will work as members of the SARD-SC project team in Nigeria
    Primary Duties:
    • Drive Scientists and other research staff to research locations
    • Participate actively in the conduct of research experimentations at different sites
    • Convey research materials to all research and development locations
    • Assist In the planting and harvesting of maize trials,
    • Ensure that vehicles are properly maintained
    • Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the supervisor.

    Qualification and Experience
    • Ordinary National Diploma in Crop Production, General Agriculture, Horticulture or related discipline from a reputable institution
    • Minimum experience of 2 years in a similar position
    • Possession of a valid driving license
    • Good time management
    • Ability to perform multiple tasks and work under pressure
    • Team player


    Location: Not Specified
    Experience: 2 year(s)
    Course of Study: Not Specified
    Required Grade:  Not Specified