• Massive Recruitment At IITA (39 Positions)

  • Posted on: 1 May, 2014 Deadline: 14 May, 2014
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  • The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture seeks suitable Nigerian Nationals for the following vacant positions at the Institute’s Stations around the country.

    Business Development Officers

     

    Position/Responsibilities
    Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

    •     Assess the current state of agricultural input production, marketing and consumption in the project countries and mandate areas in particular and characterize the stage the agricultural input supply system is in ( using IFDC classification )
    •     Establish strategic framework for sustainable agricultural input business development
    •     Identify existing partnership and initiative in the agricultural input business sector
    •     Identify business opportunities and prospective and potential successful business alliance
    •     Participate in platform ( establish these if needed ) on legume crop value chains and establish business incubation partnership; set up meeting with prospective partners and stakeholders
    •     Identify opportunities for fund raising and assist in applying for grants for business development and establishment; liaise with donor community on possible grant making for business incubation and development
    •     Conduct and oversee advocacy for business development and promotional campaigns
    •     Report to project management on development and achievement in promoting business development

    Qualification, Experience and Skills
    The ideal candidate must possess:

    •     Master’s degree in Business Administration, Agric Economics, Agribusiness, Economics or other related Social Science and Agricultural fields.
    •     Minimum of Four (4) years’ experience in Business Development or Project Administration.
    •     Good understanding of budgeting and financial management procedures.
    •     Excellent computer skills with good grasp of spreadsheets, word processing and other MS office applications, and ability to learn new applications quickly.
    •     Excellent English reporting, writing and oral communication skills.
    •     Good knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word and Power Point).
    •     Strong ability to co-ordinate, prioritise and organize workload; take initiative and work under pressure.
    •     Good team spirit and also be able to participate as a team member in multicultural organization

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    Research Supervisors

     

    Position/Responsibilities

    •     Assist set up and conduct field experiments and demonstrations including all aspects of data collection
    •     Maintain standard operating procedures.
    •     Supervise and lead harvest teams specializing in accurate sampling
    •     Organize and supervise general field activities
    •     Assist in distribution of labour and allocation of daily responsibilities
    •     Perform any other duty as may be assigned by the Agronomist.

    Minimum Qualification, Experience and Skills

    •     B.Sc/HND in Crop Production, General Agriculture, Horticulture or related discipline from a reputable institution
    •     Minimum experience of 3 years in a similar position
    •     Basic knowledge of crop management operations
    •     Good time management skills.
    •     Ability to perform multiple tasks and work under pressure
    •     Team player
    •     Proficient in speaking, reading local language of the geographical area in which he/she is posted in order to communicate with farmers

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    Drivers/Field Assistants

     

    Duties
    Candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

    •     Drive IITA vehicles within and outside Abuja
    •     Convey IITA-Ibadan staff/scientist from Abuja airport and within Abuja city
    •     Convey scientist to field trips in other states
    •     Ensure all stations vehicles are well maintained and clean
    •     Deliver confidential documents/letters to partners especially donors, ministries and embassies
    •     Participate in carrying out field operations and activities
    •     Perform other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor

    Qualification and Experience

    • WASC with a valid professional drivers’ licence (Class ‘E’) plus at least three (3) years corporate driving in a reputable Organization.

    The ideal candidate must:

    •     Be conversant with Nigerian roads;
    •     Posses ability to drive long distance with good eye sight;
    •     Be able to work under pressure and be ready to work on weekends where necessary.
    •     Have the ability to read and write.
    •     Possess the ability to speak Hausa language fluently

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    Administrative Assistants

     

    Position/Responsibilities
    Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

    •     Assist in day to day office administration
    •     Handling correspondence, photocopying, binding and other paperwork
    •     Assist with keeping travel schedules and hotel reservations
    •     Assist in the preparation of requests for internal purchases and purchases order of office stationery and vehicle parts
    •     Taking minutes at of meetings
    •     Handle confidential matters
    •     Assist in the preparation of requests for internal purchases and purchases order of office stationery and machineries
    •     Assist in updating assets list
    •     Any other duties, properly assigned, as may be occasioned by the exigencies of the service

    Minimum Qualification, Experience and Skills
    The ideal candidate must possess:

    •     HND/BSc Business Management, Secretarial Studies and any other Social Science related discipline
    •     Minimum of 1 year post qualification experience in a similar role.
    •     Excellent computer skills with good grasp of spreadsheets, word processing and other MS Office applications with good knowledge of Oracle Applications
    •     Excellent communication skills and be able to keep confidential information
    •     Strong ability to co-ordinate, prioritize and organize workload; take initiative and work under pressure
    •     Good team spirit and also participate as a team member in accomplishment of duties

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    Research Technicians

     

    Responsibilities

    • Collect and collate laboratory and field data
    • Pack, label and store prepared samples for onward transfer for analysis
    • Carry out all delegated field operations

    Qualifications

    • OND in Agriculture plus at least 5 years working experience in a research institution
    • Be able to follow instructions and work independently where necessary
    • Be able to use laboratory and field equipments and understand basic laboratory techniques
    • Possess good organizational skills and demonstrate ability to work outside office hours and for extended hours where necessary

     

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    Field Workers III

     

    Responsibilities

    • Planting and maintaining field trials
    • Assist in supervising casual workers during planting, thinning, harvesting and threshing of field trials
    • Assist in preparation of seeds for trials
    • Any other duty assigned by the supervisor

    Qualifications

    • WASC plus at least 5 years working experience in a research institution
    • Have good communication skills and be honest
    • Be able to follow instructions and work indepedently when necessary
    • Be able to work outside office hours, weekends and holidays

    Method of Application

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

    Interested applicants should forward their applications with detailed curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format to IITA website. The application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include either the Head of applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor/Superior officer at work and evidence of current remuneration package.

    Closing date: 14th May 2014

    Please complete our online application form using this link: http://www.iita.org/nrs-online-application. IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from female candidates.

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