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  • Posted on: 29 March, 2011 Deadline: 11 April, 2011
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  • IFDC is a public international organization governed by an international board of directors with representation from developed and developing nations. The non-profit Center focuses on increasing and sustaining food and agricultural productivity in developing countries through the development and transfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise. 
    Africa is the largest cassava producing area in the world. About 93% of cassava is consumed as food, in contrast to Latin America and Asia where less than half is utilized for food consumption. Nigeria also imports more than 60,000 mt of starch for industrial purposes (equivalent to 300,000 mt of cassava roots) and more than 150,000 mt of starch derivatives (equivalent to 750,000 mt of cassava roots) such as sugars (high fructose syrup) for the soft drink industry. The Dutch Agricultural Trading and Development Company (DADTCO) has developed a state-of-the-art technology that has been piloted in Nigeria and proven that a paradigm shift can be introduced for the cassava value chain so that high quality cassava flour (HQCF) can be produced at a competitive price. 
    With support from the government of the Netherlands, IFDC is implementing the Cassava+ project - a public private partnership intervention - to increase agricultural production in Nigeria and other West African nations. The project is headquartered in Abuja, Nigeria and current operations take place across Nigeria. 
     

    Training and Demonstration Specialist

    Duties and Responsibilities: 

    The Training and Demonstration Specialist will be based in Rivers State. The duties and responsibilities are: 
     
    Job Requirements

    * Bachelor's degree in Agric extension or similar discipline; 
    * Five years of relevant work experience; 
    * Experience in cassava production; 
    * Knowledge of participatory training methodologies and delivery; 
    * Strong interpersonal relations; 
    * Fluent in English (written and oral skills); 
    * Computer skills in word processing, powerpoint, excel; 
    * Knowledge of agricultural development needs is desired; 
    * Knowledge of on-farm demonstrations


    Agronomist

    Duties and Responsibilities: 

    The Agronomist will be based in Rivers State. The duties and responsibilities are:   
           
    * Work with IFDC's Agronomic team to develop an appropriate package of practices for southeastern Nigeria; 
    * Support the protocol and organization of field trails and farmers demonstrations in Rivers State and environs; 
    * Organise trailing programs in targeted sites of southeastern Nigeria; 
    * Support the development of training materials for farmer groups and service providers; 
    * Any other duties that may be assigned. 
     
    Job Requirements
     
    * Bachelor's degree in Soil Science or similar discipline;  
    * Five years of relevant work experience; 
    * Fluent in English (written and oral skills); 
    * Computer skills in word processing, PowerPoint, excel; 
    * Knowledge of agricultural development is desired.


    Organised Farm Group Assistant 

    Duties and Responsibilities: 

    The Organised farm Group Assistant will be based in Rivers State. The duties and responsibilities are: 

    * Support the Cassava  technical team in liaising with local community officials and farmers; 
    * Provide linkages with the organised cassava farmer groups to support improved cassava production; 
    * Assist in the organization of training programs in targeted sites of Southeastern Nigeria; 
    * Support the Cassava staff in day to day activities; 
    * Any other duties that may be assigned. 
     
    Job Requirements
     
    * Bachelor's degree, agriculture preferred; 
    * Strong knowledge of Rivers State farming practice; 
    * Experience in cassava production; 
    * Knowledge of benefits of farm groups and cooperatives; 
    * Strong interpersonal relations; 
    * Fluent in English (written and oral skills);


    Field Assistant

    Duties and Responsibilities: 

    The Field Assistant will be based in Rivers State. The duties and responsibilities are
     
    * Manage IFDC finances and administration at the Satellite office in Rivers State; 
    * Work in accordance with IFDC procedures to administer funds; 
    * Produce regular monthly budgets and submit monthly satellite returns to the Field Accountant in Abuja; 
    * Maintain up to date project accounts; 
    * Ensure accurate forecasting, prompt disbursals and reconciliation of expenditures; 
    * Preparation of all payment vouchers, journal vouchers and cheques and ensure the timely settlement of all invoices; 
    * Monitor expenditures and advise on potential issues with regards to forecasting, disbursement or accounting; 
    * Maintain a petty cash account for the Satellite office;
     * Establish and maintain an office filing system; 
    * Take responsibility for all logistic arrangements for visiting staff; 
    * Ensure effective coordination of IFDC drivers and vehicles within the Region; 
    * Any other duties that may be assigned. 

    Job Requirements

    * Preferably educated to degree standard or equivalent; 
    * Previous experience working in an accounting/administration department; 
    * Ability to work as a member of a team; 
    * Excellent financial management! accountancy skills; 
    * Strong ethics; 
    * Good IT skills and confidence/proficiency in all Microsoft packages, and accounting software; 
    * Attention to detail and accuracy; 
    * Ability to think ahead and produce accurate reports; 
    * A confident communicator who can liaise with members to resolve advances issues; 
    * Willingness to be flexible and respond in a timely manner. 
    * Has experience in development organization preferred  
     
    The' location for the above positions is in Rivers State and the duration is 1 year subject to renewal.

    Method of Application:

    Send application consisting of letter of introduction that outlines the applicant's educational background, relevant work experience, and major areas of professional interest, and an up-to-date curriculum vitae to ifdcnigeria@ifdc.org 
    * All submissions must state which position the applicant is applying for in the subject header 
    * Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interview. No phone calls are accepted.
    Dead Line: April 11st, 2011
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