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March 21, 2023

Latest Vacancies at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Interested applicants are invited to apply for 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.

Applications are invited for:

Job Title: Procurement Officer (Expression of Interest for Consultancy Service)

Project ID: P-Z1-AA0-139
Location: Nigeria
Grant No..2100155041681
Contract Duration: Assignment shall be for an initial period of One (1) year and subject to renewal with satisfactory performance.
Sector: Agriculture

Details

  • This request for expression of interest (REOI) follows the General Procurement Notice for this Project that appeared on the African Development Bank Group’s Internet Website(www.afdb.org) 12th August 2022.
  • The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has received financing from the African Development Bank toward the cost of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) Phase II and intends to apply part of the agreed amount for this grant to payments under the contract for TAAT Procurement Officers who will be based in Nigeria.
  • This assignment is to engage two (2) Procurement officers to support the TAAT Procurement specialist in managing, conducting, and administering procurement activities in line with the Bank’s procurement policy framework.
  • During the assignment, the consultants will be expected to perform the following duties: assist the Procurement Specialist in the implementation of procurement activities for the program in accordance with AfDB and CGIAR requirements, as applicable;
  • Assist in the preparation of the Program Procurement Plans of the 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; manage the bidding/tendering processes for the procurement of works, goods and services following AfDB and CGIAR 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;
  • Prepare and maintain up-to-date procurement records in line with AfDB requirements;
  • Provide guidance and advice to assigned procurement staff at the compacts and participating institutions;
  • Carry out any other activities assigned by the Procurement Specialist or the Program Coordinator.

Requirements

  • The selected consultants should possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Commerce, Engineering, Science, Social sciences, Law or any other relevant discipline
  • Certification or Training in or demonstrated working knowledge of procurement rules and procedures of AfDB/World Bank or other multilateral development agencies;
  • At least 2 years of experience working in AfDB financed project or with related Multilateral Development Bank
  • Ability to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues and sound computer literacy in using standard applications (Windows and Microsoft Office).
  • The IITA now invites eligible individual consultants to indicate their interest in providing these services.
  • Eligibility criteria, establishment of the short-list and the selection procedure shall be in accordance with the African Development Bank’s Procurement Framework, October 2015,
  • The selected Consultants will be members of TAAT PMU to be based in Nigeria and the assignment shall be for an initial period of One (1) year and subject to renewal with satisfactory performance
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How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Title: Executive Assistant (Expression of Interest for Consultancy Service)

Project ID: P-Z1-AA0-139
Location: Nigeria
Grant No.2100155041681
Contract Duration: Assignment shall be for an initial period of One (1) year and subject to renewal with satisfactory performance.
Sector: Agriculture

Details

  • This request for expression of interest (REOI) follows the General Procurement Notice for this Project that appeared on the African Development Bank Group’s Internet Website(www.afdb.org) 12th August 2022.
  • The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has received financing from the African Development Bank toward the cost of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) Phase II and intends to apply part of the agreed amount for this grant to payments under the contract for a TAAT Executive Assistant who will be based in Nigeria.
  • The assignment is to engage an individual consultant to work as the TAAT Program Executive Assistant to carry out general office administration duties and support the Program Coordinator in his duties in providing effective management and coordination of the TAAT Program.
  • Specifically, the executive assistance shall perform general office administration duties; assist to organize meetings, workshops, conferences and give reports of such meetings;
  • Organize and carry out data entry in soft and hard copies;
  • Organize and maintain archives for each staff member; prepare and assist in procurement of office supplies and related items and track purchase orders as requested;
  • Arrange travel through IITA travel authorization system;
  • Manage staff schedules and assist them in the logistics; prepare draft information statements, e-mails, and responses on behalf of the Program Coordinator;
  • Receive visitors to Units in a courteous manner; type reports, letters and other documents which may be confidential in nature; handle incoming mail, collection, distribution as well as mailing as directed; carry out photocopying and scanning of documents; request and maintain record of office stationery supply; answer telephone and direct request to the right Unit and Staff and perform any other duties as may be assigned by Supervisor.

Requirements

  • The selected consultant should possess a Bachelor’s Degree or HND in Secretarial Studies or equivalent in other related fields; at least ten (10) years of extensive experience in secretarial and administrative duties;
  • Good working knowledge of MS office, email, the internet, and Oracle;
  • Proven ability to work without supervision; excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • A high level of integrity;
  • A high degree of flexibility to adjust to the needs of the executive office at any given time and fluency in English and working knowledge of the French language will be an advantage
  • The IITA now invites eligible individual consultants to indicate their interest in providing these services.
  • The selected consultant will be a member of the TAAT PMU to be based in Nigeria and the assignment shall be for an initial period of One (1) year and subject to renewal with satisfactory performance.

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

Job Title: Legal and Administrative Officer

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2023-002
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Contract: 3-year renewable contract

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Duties

  • Draft, review, negotiate and advise on sub-grant agreements as well as alignment of sub-grants with donor requirements and other agreements.
  • Conduct due diligence prior to the conclusion of sub-grant arrangements.
  • Maintain the IITA Contracts, Litigation, and IP Database, and connect with PDAU on filing in ProMIS (or other data systems in place) where needed.
  • Support legal research and compliance advice functions within the legal services unit.
  • Provide Legal and Administrative support to the Legal Services Unit.
  • Provide general administrative duties (answering correspondence, taking telephone calls, ordering supplies, and other services from IITA’S service units).
  • Assist as administrative contact person with IITA’s Nigeria retained an external law firm and other work units in IITA.
  • Perform any other job-related task as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Qualification

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law followed by call to bar (BL) with a minimum of three (3) years’ experience performing a similar role in a well-structured environment.

Competencies:
The ideal candidate must:

  • Have excellent communication skills (writing, reading, oral). Working knowledge of French would be an added advantage.
  • Have knowledge about and certain experience with drafting and reviewing agreements.
  • Be able to demonstrate a good grasp of relevant laws including but not limited to laws governing international non-profit organizations, international contracts, intellectual property (IP) law, and related international law and treaties.
  • Have sufficient knowledge and skill and be familiar with the operation of computers and programs, and databases.
  • Be committed, dependable and confidential, having high ethical standards and the ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Have good organizational skills with high attention to detail.

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

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

Job Title: Research Technician II

Ref: STS2023-002
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Recruitment Type: STS- National (6-months renewable contract)
Duration: 6 months’ renewable

Duties

  • Assist in rearing of insect and collection of different insect pest for exhibition.
  • Assist in data collection and entry.
  • Carry out maintenance of entomology trials.
  • Assist mapping out field layout and establish experimental trials.
  • Perform general field maintenance, harvesting, processing and drying
  • Perform any other job-related task as may be assigned by the Supervisor.

Qualification

  • National Diploma in Agriculture or any other related field with a minimum of two (3) years’ experience performing a similar role in a well-structured environment.

Competencies:
The ideal candidate must:

  • Have good communication skills (writing, reading, and speaking).
  • Ability to use basic Microsoft software (word, excel, PowerPoint).
  • Have the ability to work with little or no supervision.

Application Closing Date
27th January, 2023.

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

Job Title: Head of Breeding

Ref. No: DDGR4D/HB/01/23
Location: Ibadan, Oyo (IITA Headquarters)
Contract Duration: The contract will be for an initial period of three years.

Background

  • We invite applications for the internationally recruited position of Head of Breeding. 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.
  • IITA has successful breeding programs on six very important crops in sub-Saharan Africa: cassava, yam, banana/plantain, maize, soybean, and cowpea. In recent years, these have been reviewed based on the Breeding Program Assessment Tool (BPAT) (https://plantbreedingassessment.org/).
  • The programs have also had extensive interaction with the CGIAR Excellence in Breeding (EiB) platform during which crop specific and cross cutting (institutional) improvement plans have been developed along with product profiles and market segmentation analyses.
  • Implementing these plans will be a central part of the Accelerating Breeding Initiative of the OneCGIAR and will involve close collaboration with other Initiatives within the Genetic Innovation Science Area and with bilateral projects.
  • The appointee will report to the Deputy Director General for Research-for-Development.
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Position Responsibilities
The Head of Breeding will:

  • Align breeding focus and operational resources to validated breeding targets.
  • Establish a crop advancement agenda in partnership with breeders of the IITA mandate crops and the product manager:
    • Establish specific metrics for variety and trait advancements for each crop.
    • Establish metrics for population improvements within the breeding program.
  • Modify the breeding structure of each crop to deliver demand-driven products at the lowest cost.
  • Establish a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Improve breeding strategy for all six mandate crops.
  • Lead breeding teams to design and implement breeding strategies.
  • Work closely with the product manager and cross-functional product teams to define targets for the breeding programs to develop a breeding strategy.
  • Work with breeders to strengthen collaboration with national breeding programs and other relevant stakeholders (e.g., seed companies, input suppliers, etc.).
  • Define investment plans and mobilize increased resources for crop breeding.
  • Facilitate the establishment of collaborative research with advanced research institutions.
  • Serve as the focal point of IITA’s interactions with the Genetic Innovation Science Area of OneCGIAR.
  • Connect IITA resources in design, engineering, and operations to develop highly effective product development teams.
  • Perform any other job-related duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Educational Qualifications

  • The candidate should have a finalised PhD in Plant Breeding, Genetics, or a related field.

Core Competencies:

  • At least 15 years of experience in plant breeding programs (with at least 10 years in the private sector) at progressively higher levels of responsibility.
  • Evidence of significant management skills including change management and management of successful breeding teams.
  • Ability to work well in a diverse multicultural environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Evidence of experience in resource mobilization.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to build consensus/function as part of a team.

Remuneration

  • IITA offers an internationally competitive remuneration package paid in US Dollars.

Application Closing Date
On-going (The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found).

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Click here for more information (PDF)

Important Application Information

  • Please complete our online application form link above.
  • 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, Human Resources Service”.

Note

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