Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Ongoing recruitment at The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), 20th August 2019

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 positions below:
Job Title: State Coordinator


Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-029
Locations:  Borno & Adamawa
Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)
Duties
Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:
  • Manage stakeholder platforms at State and Local Government levels
  • Link Stakeholders to Government agencies and non-Governmental Organizations
  • Facilitate implementation of all Activity Interventions in the Local Government Areas and communities
  • Supervise field agents in the implementation of field operations
  • Link Stakeholders to Government agencies and non-Governmental Organizations
  • Facilitate implementation of all Activity interventions in the Local Government Areas and communities
  • Facilitate training programs at all levels
  • Promote linkages between the various value chain actors
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the supervisor
Qualification
  • A post-graduate degree in Plant/Crop Science, Public Administration or related fields with minimum of eight (8) years professional experience performing similar role in a structured organization.
Competencies
The ideal candidate must:
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented multicultural environment
  • Have ability to communicate fluently (orally and in writing) in Hausa and English language
  • Have the ability to deliver accurate and timely reports
  • Be able to work with minimum supervision and with tight deadlines
  • Ability to communicate in one or more of northern Nigeria’s major languages is an advantage



Job Title: Technical Field Officer
Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-029
Locations:  Borno & Adamawa
Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)

Duties

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:
  • Contribute to capacity building of input dealers and Agrochemical companies, extension agents, volunteer extension facilitators and community seed producers
  • In consultation with Senior System Agronomist, they will be responsible for advising on the technical aspects of the agricultural activities including mechanization
  • Link smallholder farmers to aggregators, processors, and markets
  • Work closely with the Program Officers to oversee all aspects of implementation
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the supervisor
Qualification
  • B.Sc/HND in Plant/Crop Science, Agriculture, or related field with minimum of five (5) years professional experience performing similar role in a structured organization.
Competencies
The ideal candidate must:
  • Have good knowledge of field/operations and evaluation as well as data collection and analysis
  • Have ability to communicate fluently (orally and in writing) in Hausa and English language
  • Have working knowledge of Microsoft tools
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented multicultural environment
  • Have ability to deliver accurate and timely reports
  • Be able to work with minimum supervision and with tight deadlines
  • Have ability to communicate in one or more of northern Nigeria’s major languages is an advantage



Job Title: Administrative Officer
Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-029
Locations: Borno and Adamawa
Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)

Duties

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:
  • Assist in day to day Activity administrative duties
  • Provide logistical support for all Activity trainings, seminars and workshops
  • Keep inventory of office equipment and supplies
  • Assist in the preparation of requests for internal purchases and Purchase Orders of office stationery, machineries, and assist in the 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 smooth-running and effective office functioning
  • Maintain an effective filing system and safe keeping of confidential documents
  • Arrange appointments and meetings for Activity staff
  • Retrieve information, data and documents for Activity Experts
  • Prepare administrative and financial reports
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.
Qualifications
  • B.ScHND in Secretarial Studies, Business Administration or related field with minimum of four (4) years’ experience performing similar or related roles.
Competencies:
The ideal candidate must:
  • Be proficient with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel Word and PowerPoint)
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented multicultural environment
  • Have ability to multitask and work effectively within strict deadlines
  • Have ability to deliver accurate and timely reports
  • Be able to work with minimum supervision and with tight deadlines. Have good command of English Language
  • Have ability to communicate in one or more of northern Nigeria’s major languages is an advantage



Job Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Field Officer
Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-029
Locations:  Borno & Adamawa
Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)
Duties
Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:
  • Responsible for managing data collection, analysis and storage efforts and the Activity databases
  • Assist in the development and/or finalization of the Activity Work Plan and keep it updated in accordance with Activity Interventions and timeframes
  • Review their existing approaches and management information systems and agree on any required changes
  • Collect data on a regular basis to measure achievement against the performance indicators
  • Check data quality with partners; implement the Activity M&E techniques and data management protocols
  • Implement and coordinate M&E activities according to M&E Plan
  • Prepare technical reports detailing the results of Activity M&E activities
  • Prepare and consolidate quarterly and annual reports on activities relating to Activity implementation
  • Present and deliver results to stakeholders
  • Ensure proper filing of M&E evidence and documents
  • Store survey results in an accessible and orderly method and assure safe keeping of Activity data in line with organizational data storage policy
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.
Qualifications
  • B.Sc/HND in Statistics, Mathematics, Agriculture, Social Sciences or related fields with minimum of Five (5) years’ experience performing similar functions or related roles in a structured organization.
Competencies
The ideal candidate must:
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented multicultural environment
  • Have ability to communicate fluently (orally and in writing) in Hausa and English language
  • Have good knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word and Power Point).
  • Excellent reporting, writing
  • Have ability to deliver accurate and timely reports
  • Be able to work with minimum supervision and with tight deadlines
  • Ability to communicate in one or more of northern Nigeria’s major languages is an advantage



Job Title: Field Security Officer
Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-029
Locations: Borno and Adamawa
Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)
Duties
Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:
  • Assist in identifying, analyzing, and mitigating risk to the USAID Activity in Adamawa and Borno States to ensure that the Activity operates within acceptable risk levels
  • Collate, analyze and disseminate security information as approved or advised by the CoP or Head, IITA Security Unit to staff and ensuring the information remains accurate and neutral
  • Assist to conduct security risk assessment of program locations in Adamawa and Borno using the standard Security Risk Assessment (SRA) & Security Level tool and to monitor the contextual trends prior to and continuously after deployment of staff
  • Contribute to the development or review of security standards operating procedures
  • Work closely with Activity Managers to ensure that safety and security standards within the offices are maintained and implemented in line with the assessment reports and conduct security and safety training
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the supervisor.
Qualification
  • B.Sc/HND in Criminology, Public Relations or a closely related field from an accredited
  • University with at least 5 years working experience in a similar position especially in the
  • Northern part of Nigeria. The ideal candidate must have strong security training experience.
Competencies
The ideal candidate must:
  • Be vigilant, honesty and integrity
  • Have ability to communicate in one or more of northern Nigeria’s major languages is an advantage



Job Title: Information and Communication Technology Officer
Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-029
Location: Adamawa
Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)

Duties

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:
  • Assist in installing and ensuring proper functioning of voice network (IP PBX)
  • Assist in monitoring internet system operation to detect potential problems
  • Assist in installing, upgrading and maintaining all LAN items
  • Support LANs & WANs network segments, internet and intranet systems
  • Assist in maintaining system efficiency and ensure design of system and allow all its components to work properly
  • Assist in configuring and installing system and set up new users
  • Assist in setting up projectors, printers, photocopiers, digital cameras, etc. for everyday office use and as necessary for meetings
  • Assist in troubleshooting technical problems with mobile subscription and IP phone
  • Ensure satellite phones are working and SIM cards are activated at all times
  • Ensure good asset management of ICT equipment at the offices
  • Update asset register and inventory tracking system with the Activity Admin Assistant
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the supervisor.
Qualification
  • B.Sc/HND in Computer Science, Statistics or related field with minimum of two (2) years’ experience performing similar or related roles.
Competencies
The ideal candidate must:
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented multicultural environment
  • Have experience in developing ICT related tools for promoting agriculture/agribusiness;
  • Have experience in capturing events and reporting agribusiness related activities
  • Have good working knowledge of MS Office packages
  • Have ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural environment
  • Have excellent oral and writing communication skills
  • Be able to work with minimum supervision and with tight deadlines
  • Have the ability to deliver accurate and timely reports
  • Have ability to communicate in one or more of northern Nigeria’s major languages is desirable.



Job Title: Communication and Knowledge Manager
Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-029
Location: Adamawa
Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)

Duties

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:
  • Develop, coordinate, and implement a detailed communication and knowledge exchange plan for the Activity in close collaboration with Activity experts, partners and the Chief of Party
  • Establish and maintain approaches to ensure the sustainable, timely, transparent and interconnected two-way exchange of knowledge across the Activity
  • Manage and ensure effective stakeholder relationships and knowledge exchange approaches by engaging in dialog and using feedback mechanisms with Activity partners, ADPs and beneficiaries
  • Manage Activity events, including press conferences, promotional events and exhibits
  • Set up, design and coordinate an online media platform on Activity results in close collaboration with a social media expert
  • Support web-based tools and social media for widespread communication of knowledge generated
  • Produce efficient communication materials (print and audio including educational video documentation) adapted to the needs of farmers for communication of key Activity outputs and learnings
  • Advise on and produce training and educational materials for the manufacture and use of the best-practice production technologies, seed systems approaches, business cluster formation, and integrated value chain development for extension services and rural populations
  • Manage in close collaboration with the Chief of Party and the donor the PR aspect of a possible crisis situation and advising on possible crisis communication strategies
  • Participate and contribute to the reporting, evaluation and planning processes and elaboration of Activity.
Qualification
  • Post-graduate degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations or a closely related field from an accredited University with at least 5 years working experience years of working experience in a similar position in Nigeria.
Competencies
The ideal candidate must:
  • Be proficiency in the use of computers, database management software, Internetbased tools and other electronic communication tools.
  • Have good understanding and knowledge of online social media tools such as Web 2.0 platforms, blog sites, etc. and writing for the Web
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills in the English language
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills, team worker and facilitator, communication and networking skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented multicultural environment
  • Have good understanding of poverty, gender and sustainability issues in rural development of Nigeria.
  • Have ability to integrate in an existing complex programme set-up
  • Have excellent spoken and written English
  • Have ability to deliver accurate and timely reports
  • Be able to work with minimum supervision and with tight deadlines
  • Ability to communicate in one or more of northern Nigeria’s major languages is an advantage.



Job Title: Nutrition Manager
Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-029
Locations: Borno & Adamawa
Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)
Duties
Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:
  • Provide technical support to small and medium scale processors on processing and utilization
  • Conduct Training of Trainers workshops and demonstrations for households on the development, processing and utilization of diverse and nutrient dense crops products
  • Conduct trainings on nutrition education and WASH
  • Promote the preparation, utilization and consumption of diverse and nutrient dense crops and promote them among smallholder farmers
  • Promote consumption of nutrient dense crops
  • Undertake nutrition campaigns in the relevant State to reduce malnutrition among farm households
  • Work with non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations to disseminate technologies on legumes processing and utilization of different location specific crops
  • Maintain correspondence and linkages with community-based organizations and women groups and contribute to writing reports
  • Assist in planning, implementing, and monitoring of state activities on food and nutrition
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the supervisor
Qualification
  • A post-graduate degree in Nutrition, Food science/Technology, or related field with minimum of five (5) years professional experience performing similar role in a structured organization.
Competencies
The ideal candidate must:
  • Have excellent understanding of issues related to food and nutrition in the relevant states
  • Have ability to work under minimal supervision and with tight deadlines.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented multicultural environment
  • Have ability to deliver accurate and timely reports
  • Have ability to travel extensively within the relevant state and work long hours
  • Have ability to communicate fluently in one or more of northern Nigeria’s major languages is an advantage.



Job Title: Driver III
Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-029
Location: Borno and Adamawa
Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)
Duties
Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:
  • Drive Activity vehicles in a safe and courteous manner and support field operations
  • Perform necessary cleaning and washing of the assigned vehicles as needed
  • Maintain Activity vehicles and provide timely advice to the transport office of any assigned vehicle requiring maintenance services in line with IITA Vehicle Usage and Maintenance Policy
  • Act as Field Assistant in collecting data when travelling with Project experts and other team members for field, training or meeting activities
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the supervisor.
Qualification
  • WASC or an equivalent Certificate with minimum of four (4) years professional driving experience in a reputable organization.
Competencies
The ideal candidate must:
  • Have ability to communicate fluently (orally and in writing) in Hausa and English language
  • Have capacity to work effectively in a team
  • Have versatility of driving varying automobiles in host country roads
  • Have experience in farming operations is desirable
  • Have ability to communicate in one or more of northern Nigeria’s major languages is an advantage.



Job Title: Office Assistant
Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-029
Locations: Borno (1) & Adamawa (2)
Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)

Duties

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:
  • Perform clerical services
  • Support administrative assistants and provide janitorial services
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the supervisor.
Qualification
  • O’level with minimum of Five (5) year’s experience performing similar role in a structured organization.
Competencies
The ideal candidate must:
  • Have ability to communicate in one or more of northern Nigeria’s major languages is an advantage
  • Be honest and have integrity
  • Have good interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented multicultural environment



Job Title: Procurement Officer
Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-029
Location:  Adamawa
Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)
Duties
Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:
  • Prepare the Annual Procurement Plan of the Activity using inputs from Activity Experts
  • Undertake preparation of bidding documents under the IITA Standard Operating Procedures
  • Prepare and process purchase orders and documents
  • Source, select, and negotiate with suppliers for the best purchase package in terms of quality, price, terms, deliveries, and services
  • Assist in the selection of appropriate suppliers
  • Promote good procurement practices with due regard to sustainability, ethical purchasing standards, and whole life costing
  • Maintain complete updated purchasing records/data and pricing in the system
  • Execute and monitor all regular purchasing duties
  • Coordinate with end-users and suppliers in the purchasing scope of work for the Activity
  • Prepare relevant inputs to standard bidding documents, such as TORs, specifications and Bills of Quantities;
  • Participates in the bidding/tendering processes for the procurement of works, goods and services following USAID and CG Procurement Rules and Procedures as applicable
  • Prepare all procurement records to facilitate post-procurement reviews
  • Keep and maintain up-to-date procurement records in line with USAID requirements
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the supervisor
Qualification
  • B.Sc/HND in Public/Business Administration, Accounting/Finance or related fields from an accredited university with proven track record and/or specialized training in procurement with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience as a procurement officer in a multilateral donor funded project or program with a procurement authority.
  • CIPSM, ACA or other relevant professional qualification is an added advantage.
Competencies
The ideal candidate must:
  • Demonstrate ability to plan and co-ordinate, and monitor own work plans, including meeting of set deadlines
  • Be able to speak Hausa Language
  • Be self-motivated with ability to work under minimum supervision
  • Have computer literacy, especially in Microsoft Office tools
  • Be an excellent team player with good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • Be proficiency in English language with excellent writing, communication and presentation skills
  • Have the ability to deliver accurate and timely reports
  • Be able to work with minimum supervision and with tight deadlines
  • Have working knowledge of USAID and/or CGIAR procurement rules and procedures will be added advantage
  • Have ability to communicate in one or more of northern Nigeria’s major languages is desirable.



Job Title: Project Accountant
Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-029
Location:  Adamawa
Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)

Duties

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:
  • Manage the Activity accounting system to ensure that incomes and expenditures are properly documented
  • Prepare petty cash payments, journals and other vouchers and ensure that these are posted into general and other account ledgers
  • Responsibile for processing of advances and claims for payment
  • Maintain cash advances register for follow up on the reimbursements of advances
  • Check accounting records for accuracy and correctness as necessary
  • Enforce proper internal control in the Activity Finance Unit
  • Account for Activity payables and receivables
  • Provide Bank reconciliation status on the relationship between the program and its commercial banks
  • Prepare invoices and chargeback statements for services provided to individuals or other institutions and partners
  • Prepare Statements of expenditures (SOE) as required by the donor for justification of advances, direct payments and replenishment of accounts
  • Track and monitor program expenditures and prepare Activity financial reports for submission to the donor
  • Monitor the processing of program cash/travel advances, expense claims and reimbursements by Activity staff
  • Respond to account inquiries and provide prompt feedback to users
  • File and keep Activity accounting supporting documents and records
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor
  • Carry out any other activities assigned by the Chief of Party
Qualifications
  • A post graduate degree in Accounting, Business Management or related fields from an accredited university.
  • The ideal candidate must be chartered member of ICAN or possess ACCA with minimum a of 5 years working experience as an Accountant or Accounting Officer in an organization or a related role in a donor funded organization or project.
Competencies
The ideal candidate must:
  • Excellent computer skills with good grasp and knowledge of spreadsheets, word
  • processing and other MS office applications. Good knowledge of Oracle Applications will be an added advantage
  • Have proven skill and experience in areas of financial management, organization,
  • supervisory, financial accounting, analytical and donor contract interpretation
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented multicultural environment
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and co-ordinate, and monitor own work plans, and deliver accurate and timely reports
  • Good ability to co-ordinate, prioritise 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
  • Ability to communicate in one or more of northern Nigeria’s major languages is an advantage

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

How to Apply
Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed Cover Letter and CV 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.

Note: 
IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from female candidates

Application Deadline 31st August, 2019.

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