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  • Posted on: 26 September, 2014 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • IITA is an international non-profit agricultural research-for-development (R4D) organization established in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and a member of the CGIAR Consortium. Our R4D approach is anchored on the development needs of the tropics. We work with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate 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. We are seeking dynamic, innovative and self-motivated scientists for the position of Country Coordinator in Nigeria for a four year project, co-led by CIMMYT and IITA, entitled ‘Transformation of agronomic research and delivery services for smallholder farmers in maize-based systems of Sub-Saharan Africa…’. We are looking for individuals who are able to grasp and tackle the complexity of sustainable intensification in maize-based systems with strong analytical skills and the capacity to innovatively use modern systems and IT-based tools. This position could be filled by candidates with one or more of the following skills: agronomy, soil science, geo-spatial systems and analysis, agronomic and geo-spatial database development, development of knowledge tools and APIs. This is an internationally recruited staff position but we are primarily looking for candidates from Nigeria that have the requisite skills for the position; however, we will consider other candidates from the region if no suitable national candidates are available and others are therefore encouraged to apply. The selected candidates will work as a member of CIMMYT’s Global Conservation Agriculture Program, and will contribute to a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional team applying systems approaches for agricultural research

    Country Coordinator

     

    Position Description

    • Plan and coordinate project activities in-country in conjunction with the Principal Investigator and host institution, and across countries with the two other country coordinators.
    • Coordinate and be responsible for financial and technical reporting of in-country activities.
    • Lead project activities related to his/her discipline in the country and contribute to cross-country activities and knowledge-sharing systems. Project activities include: multi-locational diagnostic agronomy experiments; populating agronomy data bases; yield-gap and soil constraints analysis at different scales; methods and models to link geo-spatial data across scales; development and testing of decision-support systems, tools and APIs with stakeholders.
    • Promote and support cross institutional and inter-disciplinary teams with specific emphasis on the integration of bio-physical and socio-economic information at various scales/levels.
    • Facilitate partnerships and build capacity of partners to co-develop, populate, and use project databases, tools, models and APIs.
    • Contribute to building capacity of national institutions through the identification and co-supervision or mentoring of project supported post-graduate students programs.
    • Collaborate with CGIAR and other research institutes to support/ enhance project outputs and develop synergies with other projects to maximize impact.
    • Communicate research results to various audiences and in various forms, papers for publication and presentations of results of this research.

    Minimum Qualification & Experience

    • The candidate should have a PhD in in one of the following fields: agronomy, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, earth sciences, agro ecology.

    Core Competencies:

    • Minimum 5 years' experience in your chosen field/discipline.
    • Ability to conceptualize complex problems into analytical and operational frameworks
    • Understanding of gender and social inclusion issues and experience with ways of addressing these in research for development programs in order to promote equality of opportunity and outcomes.
     • Clear understanding of the technical and institutional challenges for sustainable intensification in SSA and the role of improved scientific knowledge management for decision support to development interventions.
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experience working and interacting effectively with a variety of stakeholders ( farmers, extension workers and other service providers, public and private sector entities, national programs), and demonstrated ability to collaborate well across disciplines and with key collaborative institutions and agencies.
    • Strong publication record in peer reviewed journals.
    • Fluent written and spoken English.
    • Knowledge of farming systems in the respective countries. Duty station: Nigeria (Kano)

    Method of Application

    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.

    Please complete our online application form using this link: Please complete our online application form using this link: http://www.iita.org/careers

    Closing Date: The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found for this important position. IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women candidates. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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