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  • Posted on: 9 April, 2015 Deadline: 25 April, 2015
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    The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a non-profit agricultural research-for-development (R4D) organization, and a member of the CGIAR Consortium.We thank you for your interest in IITA and invite you to explore many exciting and diverse career opportunities in a work environment that enables you to be the best you can, advancing your professional and personal growth in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment.

    Join a vibrant team that is committed to facilitating agricultural solutions for hunger, poverty, and natural resource degradation throughout the tropics.IITA is an equal opportunity employer and consideration for employment is given to qualified applicants regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, national/ethnic origin or social status.

    Project Administrator


    • Assist the Project Manager with day-to-day project administration.
    • Monitor timely completion and reporting of the project’s product delivery and annual milestones.
    • Follow up with IITA scientists, Project Administration Office, and project partners to ensure high quality reports are submitted in a timely manner.
    • Assist in the implementation of evaluations/ impact assessments.
    • Assist with monitoring the project’s burn rate.
    • Review and crosscheck partner agreements and similar documents.
    • Be responsible for stock keeping of project’s assets.
    • Such other duties, properly assigned, as may be occasioned by the exigencies of the service.

    Qualification and Experience

    • MSc in business administration, project management, or other related fields.
    • Minimum of four years’ experience in project administration 

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    Communication Officer


    Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

    • Develop, coordinate, and implement a detailed communication and knowledge exchange plan for the ATASP-1 Project outreach program in close collaboration with project partners and the IITA Communication Office.
    • Lead and support the capitalization of research findings in the project through regular reports and specific documentation (case studies, best practices, lessons learnt, etc.).
    • Manage and ensure effective stakeholder relationships and knowledge exchange approaches by engaging in dialogue and using feedback mechanisms with project partners, ADPs, and beneficiaries in the SCPZs.
    • Manage project events, including press conferences, promotional events, and exhibitions.
    • Manage in close collaboration with the Head of Communication and the key partners (AfDB and FMARD) the PR aspect of any possible crisis situation and advise management on possible crisis communication strategies.
    • Set up, design, and coordinate an online media platform on project results in close collaboration with a social media expert.
    • Design, manage, and disseminate an educational video documentation on the project.
    • Oversee the Training of Trainers component of the project in close relationship with the FMARD, the youth (Agripreneurs), and an extension expert.
    • Produce training and educational materials for extension services and rural populations.
    • Oversee results based rural communication approaches and monitor them via qualitative studies (KAP studies) with beneficiaries.
    • Produce efficient communication materials (print and audio) adapted to the needs of cassava, rice, and sorghum farmers.
    • Develop, produce, and disseminate guidebooks on cassava, rice, and sorghum-based technologies to farmers.
    • Contribute to the competence building of staff related to communication, extension, and monitoring.
    • Participate and contribute to the yearly reporting, evaluation, and planning processes and elaboration of corresponding plans.
    • Work as part of the IITA communication team to develop and implement IITA PR activities.
    • Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor.

    Qualification and Experience

    • The candidate should have MSc in public relations, development support communication, rural development, tropical.
    • At least five years of working experience in rural development, preferably with some experience in Nigeria. agriculture or a similar discipline.

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    Procurement Specialist


    Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

    • Prepare the annual procurement plans of the project using inputs from project experts;
    • Undertake preparation of bidding documents under the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) procurement rules;
    • Undertake the tendering and monitoring of a portfolio of contracts in accordance with AfDB procedures;
    • Support the bid evaluation process as may be required by the project management;
    • Prepare and process purchase orders and documents in accordance with policies and procedures;
    • 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 and contractors;
    • Promote good procurement practices with due regard to sustainability, ethical purchasing standards, and whole life costing;
    • Participate in negotiation of contract terms on a range of central contracts and monitor performance against these contracts;
    • 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 projects assigned;
    • Assist in managing and following up overseas orders;
    • Handle and monitor claims with vendors for shortages or defective/ missing parts;
    • Coordinate with suppliers to ensure on-time delivery;
    • Monitor and co-ordinate deliveries of items between suppliers to ensure that all  items are delivered on time;
    • Plan and manage inventory levels of materials or products;
    • Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor.

    Qualification and Experience

    • A Postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Engineering, Architecture, Procurement, Law, Management, Commerce, Agriculture and finance.
    • A minimum of six years of project procurement experience, with a minimum of four years in Africa.
    • Procurement experience in an international/multinational financial organization is an advantage.

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    Project Accountant


    Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

    • Compile and analyze financial information to prepare financial statements including monthly and annual accounts.
    • Ensure financial records are maintained in compliance with accepted policies and procedures.
    • Ensure all financial reporting deadlines are met.
    • Prepare financial management reports.
    • Prepare accurate and timely monthly, quarterly, and year end/close reports.
    • Establish and monitor the implementation and maintenance of accounting control procedures.
    • Resolve accounting discrepancies and irregularities.
    • Prepare continuous management and support of budget and forecast activities.
    • Monitor and support tax issues.
    • Develop and maintain financial data bases.
    • Participate in financial audit preparation and follow up the audit process.
    • Maintain accurate and appropriate recording and analysis of revenues and expenses.
    • Analyze and advise on financial operations including revenue and expenditure trends, financial commitments, and future revenues.
    • Analyze financial information
    • Recommend or develop efficient use of resources and procedures, provide strategic recommendations and solutions to problems.
    • Maintain solutions to operational and financial delays.
    • Monitor project funds and the amounts transferred by donor to the Center Account.
    • Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor.

    Qualification and Experience

    • BSc in accounting.
    • Possession of other recognized professional qualifications like ICAN, ACCA, CPA, MBA, etc. is an added advantage.
    • A minimum of five years experience.


    Method of Application

    Interested and suitably qualifiec candidates should click here to apply online.

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