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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:

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Job Title:  Program Manager, Commercialization of Biofortified Crops

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2020-006
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Contract: 2-year renewable contract
Selected Crops: Cassava, Yam, Maize, Rice, Cashew

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

Supply and demand stimulation for biofortified seeds and processed foods:

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  • Identify and engage promising SMEs with high willingness to invest in the biofortified seed sector, with focus on credible farmer associations/groups and aggregators
  • Identify and strengthen capacities of SMEs in processing and value addition to become primary off-takers of vitamin A cassava and maize
  • Work with breeders and seed producers to identify and deploy best seed varieties for multiplication and production by location
  • Facilitate the establishment and strengthening of seed sales outlets to ensure increased farmer access to biofortified seeds
  • Work with relevant regulatory agencies to ensure quality control of processed products to engender consumer trust and ensure repeated purchased by consumers
  • Work with relevant teams to map existing and new product distribution outlets and link information to aggregator and distributor networks
  • Define and analyze systems that are of major importance in developing the markets for biofortified seeds, crops and foods
  • Identify and engage already tested and committed extension agents/systems to address capacity gaps among seed producers and aggregator networks
  • Evaluate in detail all existing assessments and literature on consumer demand for gari and fufu in the chosen geography to determine more context-specific opportunities to strengthen demand
  • Support the identification and hiring of a mix of creative agencies to design and implement campaigns building on opportunities already identified and if necessary, from new insight generation activities
  • Support the development of a strategy/plan for managing communications to counter public (and government) perceptions of linkages to GM crops
  • Convene/attend events to announce and publicize the partnership and the project and host focus group discussions to review and understand consumers’ perceptions of campaigns
  • Strengthen the Nutritious Food Platform as a Biofortification Alliance to further develop and refine an approach to consumer engagement and awareness-raising
  • Monitor biofortified crops and food value chains to identify market failures and pressure points, and ways to make the chain more functional and efficient
  • Carry out regular assessment of biofortified crops and foods value chain including market development opportunities, market prices, demand and supply interactions
  • Work with the MELA Specialist to design and implement a robust data collection plan covering all value chain activities and actors including monitoring of market price, product quality, demand and supply linkages and differentials
  • Work with the MELA Officer to regularly review scope and targets for operational planning in alignment with the program Theory of Change (ToC), monitoring framework, results from pathway and indicators
  • Participate in results measurements including baseline studies, periodic evaluative studies and impact assessments

Advocacy and policy engagement:

  • Define policy constraints that hinder the commercialization of VAC and VAM building on assessment reports
  • Map and engage key influencers within government (executive and legislative, national ad state) and key government officials in the key ministries (FMARD, FMITI, Health, and Finance)
  • Convene/attend events to announce the partnership and the project to key stakeholders and set out the policy influencing agenda
  • Create and implement the plan for engagement with influencers including key messages to help build a coherent narrative around VAC and VAM across all of government policy areas

Catalytic financing for seed and processed food SMEs:

  • Identify companies (input supply and processing) in the growth phase and carry out in-depth financing needs assessment to understand and characterize their key constraints
  • Develop a tailored business support/accelerator package to support a priority set of these businesses for investor readiness
  • Connect promising companies to facilitate B2B linkages for the supply of inputs, processing, and offtake to build the case for repayable finance (through the Biofortification Alliance engine)
  • Support suitable companies to pitch to the Nutritious Foods Financing Facility or similar blended options focused on nutritious and safe foods
  • Perform other duties assigned by the Country Manager

Qualification

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Agricultural Economics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Marketing, General Agriculture, or related discipline with minimum of six (6) years’ work experience in activities related to agricultural commodities and rural development

Competencies
The ideal candidate should have:

  • Proven knowledge of agricultural value chain players (especially cassava and maize) and support service institutions in Nigeria
  • Understanding and interest in how markets and value chains work
  • Strong project management expertise, exposure to implementing technical assistance projects, and ability to bring together sector stakeholders
  • High degree of motivation, initiative, independence, reliability, adaptability, and professional maturity
  • Strong commitment to gender-sensitive, pro-poor development work and an ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and multi-national team
  • Strong interpersonal/people management skills and excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent problem solving, analytical skills, networking, and relationship-building skills
  • Working experience with DFID, BMGF, and USAID funded programs
  • Experience in working in Northern Nigeria and fluency in the Hausa language is added advantage

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

Application Closing Date
29th January, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates shouldapply to the Head of Human Resources, by submitting a copy of their Curriculum Vitae (including the selected crop he/she is applying for), names and addresses of three referees.
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Note

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  • Only selected candidates will be contacted and then asked to submit a financial offer to be negotiated with IITA.
  • IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women candidates.

Job Title: System Administrator – Bioinformatics

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2021-001
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Recruitment Type: National (1-year renewable contract)

Duties

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  • Work with the Bioinformaticians and the Excellence in Breeding Platform (EiB) on the setting up of a newly purchased HPC server.
  • Installation and maintenance of all needed software for the bioinformatics and breeding requirements on the server
  • Maintain an accessible database for all installed software
  • Support the bioinformatics and breeding teams with bioinformatics tasks
  • Maintain the new and existing servers updated, OS and installed software
  • Control the use of the servers, CPU-, RAM- and storage-use and provide metrics on usage and defined cost recovery figures
  • Train staff, students and partners on usage of bioinformatics tools on the HPC especially for polyploid crops;
  • Perform any other additional duties assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics or other related fields with five (5) years relevant experience in systems Administration.

Competencies:
The ideal candidate must have:

  • Excellent knowledge of Unix and high performance in computing.

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

Application Closing Date
20th January, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Cover Letter which should address how their 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.

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Note: IITA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse workforce. While all applications will be acknowledged, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Job Title: Data Curator

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2021-001
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Recruitment Type: National (1-year renewable contract)

Duties

  • Work with Data Manager and the Excellence in Breeding Platform (EiB) on the adoption of a data management system (Enterprise Breeding System – EBS) for storing and retrieval of information;
  • Curate historical data from the Maize crop improvement program into templates for migration to the EBS;
  • Check the quality and integrity of the data to be uploaded to the EBS;
  • Ensure that the CG-core metadata standards are adhered to for all Maize improvement data;
  • Perform data wrangling of large datasets to fill defined templates;
  • Define and implement data standards and best practices for Research Data Management by developing ontologies, phenotyping protocols, quality standards, Trait dictionaries, templates and fieldbooks.
  • Maintain coherent repository of Crop Information (genealogy, phenotype and genotype) allowing public access and secondary use for predictive breeding and comparative biology;
  • Assist members of the Maize breeding program to capture data electronically and use the EBS to manage the day to day activities of their breeding programs;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor.

Qualification

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Biometrics, Research Methods, Bioinformatics or other related field with five (5) years relevant experience in data management.

Competencies:
The ideal candidate must have:

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  • Computer, data management, R Data wrangling skills.

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

Application Closing Date
20th January, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Cover Letter which should address how their 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.

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Note: IITA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse workforce. While all applications will be acknowledged, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.





Job Title: Security Information Assistant

Ref: STS2021 – 001
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Recruitment Type: National (Short-term Contract)
Duration: 2 years

Duties

  • Under the supervision of the Head of Security, the Security Information Assistant (SIA) is responsible for the management of information relevant to security, including collection, collation, analysis and dissemination to be used as a decisionmaking and planning tool by the Head of Security in tropical Africa to enhance the safety and security of IITA personnel, assets and operations in the countries.
  • Maintain security information awareness of all aspects which could potentially affect the safety and security of the IITA including up-to-date knowledge of events relating to the security environment through monitoring of security incidents, daily situation reports, local media and other open sources.
  • Responsible for the identification and coordination of security information requirements, development of trend analysis, gathering comprehensive information on all factors on security and safety as well as determining the relevance and validity of security information and the reliability of information resources.
  • Responsible for disseminating security information in a timely manner to the Headquarters, Hubs, and stations.

Qualification and Experience

  • BSc / HND in Political or Social Science, Military Science, Criminology, International Relations or related field with a minimum of four (4) years’ experience performing similar or related role in a well-structured organization

Competencies
The ideal candidate must have:

Professionalism:

  • Knowledge and understanding of methodologies for information collection, collation, analysis, and presentation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Country Security Plans, Contingency / Emergency planning, Evacuation / Relocation, Business Continuity Plan, Crisis Management Plan and Security Risk Assessment methodology
  • Knowledge and understanding of physical security design, survey, and upgrade
  • Knowledge and understanding of technical security systems like CCTV, alarm, and other intrusion detection system
  • Have ability to communicate complex issues to clients and supervisors, clearly present research findings and formulate security advisories and alerts.
  • Have ability to use presentation tools like PowerPoint maps and charts so as to regularly update the Security Unit Intranet webpage and to deploy mass security / safety notification systems

Communication:

  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively.
  • Listens to others and correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately.
  • Asks questions to clarify, exhibits interest in having two-way communication and tailor’s language, tone, style, and format to match the audience.
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning and Organizing:

  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies.
  • Identifies priority activities and assignments and adjusts priorities as required.
  • Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
  • Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
  • Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
  • Uses time efficiently.

Core Competencies:

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  • Integrity, professionalism, respect for gender, Diversity, and Inclusion (GDI).
  • Good communication skills (written and oral), working knowledge of French is an added advantage.

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

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Application Closing Date
20th January, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Cover Letter which should address how their 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.

Click here to apply online

Click here for more information (PDF)

Note: IITA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse workforce. While all applications will be acknowledged, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted




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