Job Vacancies at International Institute Of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

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 following positions below:

  1. Associate Scientist, Agricultural Markets Economist
  2. Project Coordinator
  3. Administrative Officer

Associate Scientist, Agricultural Markets Economist

Ref: DDGR4D/AS/AME/06/21
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Recruitment Type: The Initial appointment is for three (3) years

Background

  • IITA seeks to recruit an Associate Scientist, Agricultural Markets Economist.
  • The overall objective of the position is to lead strategic and applied research on market economics on IITA mandate crops and related activities.
  • The successful candidate will work in collaboration with other social scientists and biophysical scientists as needed, such as agronomists, crop breeders, soil scientists, and IPM scientists.
  • He/She will be a member of the IITA Social Science and Agri business Core Competency.
    He/She will report to the Senior Agricultural Economist 
    and Director of Western Africa Hub.

Position Responsibilities

  • Conduct market economic studies of commodities along the value chain.
  • Monitor economic changes in agriculture in relation to the markets and vice versa.
  • Devise methods and procedures to conduct different types of market surveys and value chain aassessments.
  • Create, as well as usvarious econometric modeling techniques to develop forecasts.
  • Apply models of economic behavior to agricultural markets changes and developments.
  • Promotmarket development using experimental economic methods.
  • Develop business plans for project and activities in commodity value chains.
  • Establish and foster relationships and linkages with partners in national agricultural research and extension systems, the private sector,and Advanced Research Institutes.
  • Provide technical backstopping and assistance in building the capacity of national programsin research on market economics.
  • Mentor and backstop graduate students involved in related research.
  • Publish scientific outputs in peerreviewed IF journals and others (e.g.,technical reports, IITA bulletins, or social media and books or book chapters).
  • Contributionte to resource mobilization through the development of concept notes and proposalsin collaboration with others.
  • Perform any other jobrelated duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Education Qualifications

  • The candidate should possess a Ph.D.in Agricultural Economics, Applied Economics, or other relevant fields from a highly recognized university.
  • He/she will demonstrate experience of at least three (3) years in markets economic studies relating to agricultural issues, preferably in Africa.

Core Competencies:

  • Good knowledge of market studies.
  • Competence in the development of socioeconomic andmarket surveys.
  • Ability to perform thoughtful, critical analysis of market economicsrelated data.
  • Conversant with tools and approaches applied in market studies.
  • Knowledge and experience with economic evaluation of agricultural technologies.
  • Familiarity with statistical software used in market studies.
  • Track record of peerreviewed publicationsin marketrelated journals.
  • Experience with resource mobilization.
  • Ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team in a crosscultural environment.
  • Excellent lleadership, mentoring, management, interpersonal,and teambuilding skills.
  • Fluency in oral and written English.
  • Working knowledge of French is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of subSaharan Africa is an added advantage.

Remuneration

  • IITA offers a competitive remuneration package paid in US dollars.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified. (The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found )

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidate should complete the online application attaching detailed Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format to IITA.

Click here to apply online

Click here for more information

Important Information

  • 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 (CV),
  • 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”
  • 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.

Project Coordinator

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2020-0017
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Recruitment Type: National (3year renewable contract)

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

  • Coordinate and supervise IMAGE in-country operation on household surveys and plant sample collections for DNA analysis.
  • Ensure project SOPs are followed and report discrepancies as part of the continuous improvement process. Participation in development of project SOPs is expected.
  • Serve as one of the focal persons for IMAGE project in Nigeria, Tanzania and
  • Ethiopia and maintain frequent communication with project leadership team.
  • Support IMAGE project in organizing training workshops for household surveys and eventually lead the effort within respective countries.
  • Manage in-country operational budget and provide financial and progress reports to project leadership and donor (BMGF).
  • Liaise with local government partners, national research institutions and CGIAR centers from time to time to ensure smooth operation of the project and new technologies or solutions can be applied and scaled appropriately.
  • Actively contribute as a member of the IMAGE project network to streamline and optimize household surveys. This may include knowledge sharing and supporting project members when necessary.
  • Identify challenges and opportunities in in-country operation and provide  leadership as part of local capacity development effort.
  • Perform any other job-related task as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications

  • Master’s in plant Breeding, Molecular Biology or Agriculture or related field with minimum of five (5) years experience in a well-structured environment or donor funded organization.

Competencies:
The ideal candidate must have:

  • Strong understanding of local culture and work environments, particularly in the context of rural development and smallholder farmer practices.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English is a must and local dialect(s) is a plus.
  • Service oriented mindset and strong problem-solving skills.
  • Seed industry/private sector experience is desired.
  • Project management experience and ability to work under strict deadlines and budget requirements.
  • Logistic management experience in agriculture research.
  • Experience in multi stakeholder engagements and demonstrated ability to collaborate to achieve common goals.
  • Ability to work independently with minor supervision and a career driven mindset.
  • Ability to travel locally with occasional international travels.

Remuneration

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

Application Closing Date
14th June 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidate should complete the online application attaching detailed Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format to IITA.
Click here to apply online

Click here for more information

Important Information

  • 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.
  • 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.

Administrative Officer

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2020-0017
Location: Yola, Adamawa
Recruitment Type: National (1year renewable contract)

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

  • Support daytoday administrative duties.
  • Provide logistical support for all trainings, seminars and workshops.
  • Keep inventory of office equipmentsupplies and update asset register as required.
  • Prepare requests for internal purchases and Purchase Orders of office stationery, machineries,assist in following up and handling of purchases/oracle requests.
  • Assist in basic financial record posting and verification on the budget.
  • Coordinate and implement office procedures for smoothrunning and effective office function.
  • Maintain an effective filing system and safe keeping of confidential documents.
  • Arrange appointments and meetings.
  • Arrange travels and book hotel accommodation for Activity staff and consultants.
  • Retrieve information, data and documents as required.
  • Prepare administrative and financial reports.
  • Perform any other jobrelated task as may be assigned by the Supervisor.

Qualifications

  • BSc / HND in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or related field with minimum of four (4) years experience in a wellstructured environment or donor funded organization

Competencies
The ideal candidate must:

  • Have excellent computer skills with good grasp and knowledge of spreadsheets, word processing and other MS Office applications.
  • Have ability to maintain high integrity and confidentiality ofsensitive information.
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a teamoriented multicultural environment.
  • Have ability to plancoordinate, and monitor own work plans, and deliver accurate and timely reports.
  • Have theability to coordinate, prioritize and organize workloads; take initiatives and work under pressure.
  • Be able to work with minimum supervision and with tight deadlines.
  • Proficiency in English language with excellent writing, communication and presentation skills.

Remuneration

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

Application Closing Date
8th June 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidate should complete the online application attaching detailed Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format to IITA.
Click here to apply online

Important Information

  • 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.
  • 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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