• International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Job Recruitment (10 Positions)

  • Posted on: 11 July, 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 tropical nations. 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.

    The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture seeks suitable candidates for the position of  Innovation and Communication Specialist at its Headquarters in Ibadan.

    Innovation and Communication Specialist

     

    Description:
    Research and Analysis

    •     Provide insights into consumer preferences and the current soybean marketplace in Nigeria as a means of informing the development of research initiatives aimed at spurring innovation. Serve as an in-house expert on innovation in soybean value chains by monitoring ongoing private and public sector developments. Work with IITA communications team to ensure coordination between the FMA soybean project and the organizational research agenda.
    •     Support organizational efforts to develop systems for knowledge management and coordination across teams. Content Creation Work with communications team to create messaging and identify opportunities to communicate results and findings for innovation initiatives.
    •     Serve as an author and creator of content aimed at sharing findings with the soybean innovation platform. Examples include issue briefs, presentations, blog posts, field demonstrations, events etc.
    •     Work with FMA extension team to find creative and targeted methods of reaching farmers.
    •     Other duties may be assigned.

    Minimum Qualification & Experience :

    •     MBA or MSc in marketing, communication, sociology, extension or other social sciences.
    •     5+ years of professional experience in agricultural industry and/or academic research and applied analysis.
    •     5+ years of professional experience crafting publications and overarching messaging designed to inform and provide actionable guidance to a diverse set of audiences

    Skills & abilities :

    •     Private sector knowledge and credibility; an understanding of emerging agricultural technologies and how they will change consumer experiences is a strong plus
    •     Strong writing skills.
    •     Ability to distill complex topics into clear and understandable language or narratives.
    •     Ability to engage in “big picture thinking” while maintaining close attention to detail.
    •     High degree of flexibility with an ability to work in an innovative, fast-paced environment and readily embrace change.
    •     Ability to work both independently and within a team setting. Commitment to the mission of IITA and a desire to positively impact the trajectory of a highly-impactful, international nonprofit.
    •     Highly polished presentation skills. Ability to communicate with influence and motivate multiple audiences

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    Project Assistant

     

    Description:

    •     Liaise with partners and assist in the internal communication between the regional office and the CSHC and maintaining project documentation centre.
    •     Assist in the reporting to the donor
    •     Maintaining the project Website and issuing the project newsletter.
    •     Maintaining the various project database (data management tasks)
    •     Assist in organizing meeting and training events. Data management
    •     Maintain the project partner and stakeholder database, making sure the database is populated and data is kept up-to-date
    •     Gathering the baseline data collected in the various countries and assist in analyses of data
    •     Gathering ISFM (trial) data from various sources, organizing and documenting the data and maintaining the ISFM database
    •     Gathering ISFM knowledge and information products (including extension and dissemination materials) and maintaining the repository of these products.
    •     Assist in analyses of the ISFM data and developing information sharing products (extension materials) and putting together training materials

    Position Description :

    •     Liaise with partners and assist in the internal communication between the regional office and the CSHC and maintaining project documentation centre.
    •     Assist in the reporting to the donor .
    •     Maintaining the project Website and issuing the project newsletter.
    •     Maintaining the various project database (data management tasks).
    •     Assist in organizing meeting and training events. Data management
    •     Maintain the project partner and stakeholder database, making sure the database is populated and data is kept up-to-date
    •     Gathering the baseline data collected in the various countries and assist in analyses of data
    •     Gathering ISFM (trial) data from various sources, organizing and documenting the data and maintaining the ISFM database Gathering ISFM knowledge and information products (including extension and dissemination materials) and maintaining the repository of these products.
    •     Assist in analyses of the ISFM data and developing information sharing products (extension materials) and putting together training materials

    Minimum Qualification & Experience :

    • M.Sc in Agronomy, Soil Science or related discipline with specialization in soil fertility management with 3years relevant experience

    Skills & abilities :
    Good data analysis skills

    •     Experience with data management (e.g. database management) Good communication skills, especially in written communication Ability to work independently and ability to acquire skills quickly (fast learner)
    •     Self-motivated and pro-active person willing to take initiative
    •     Good computer skills, MS-Office applications, use of document management applications, software for publishing and lay-outing will be an advantage
    •     Excellent command of English language and knowledge of French will be an advantage.

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    Project Administration Specialist

     

    Description:

    •     IITA seeks a qualified Project Administration Specialist to support various plant pathology and mycotoxin projects under the aegis of CGIAR Research Projects and funded by several other development investors.
    •     One of the major focus areas of the work is on biological control of aflatoxins.
    •     The objective of our research is to manage diseases and minimize mycotoxin contamination to improve health and enhance income of African farmers and consumers.
    •     We achieve these objectives by developing, testing and deploying disease and mycotoxin management practices on the foundation of a good knowledge base on key biological, environmental, institutional and policy drivers that influence disease development and mycotoxin contamination.
    •     Our research is conducted with all relevant public and private sector actors in the crop value chain and with the health sector plus key collaborators internal and external to IITA.
    •     The Project Administration Specialist is expected to work closely with principal investigators of various projects, and under the guidance of IITA’s lead Plant Pathologist in conducting and monitoring activities of various research projects.
    •     He/She will report to IITA’s lead Plant Pathologist and through him to the IITA Director of West Africa Programs. Duty station: IITA Ibadan, Nigeria

    Job Description :
    Research Project Planning and Management
        Develop and maintain plans to support research projects including task analyses, schedules, and resources needed.
        Establish and maintain cost, schedule, and technical performance standards for projects and proposals.
        Ensure activities are completed on time, within budget, and meet quality assurance standards.
        Develop and implement plans for evaluating project progress. Coordinate group-writing processes and deadlines.

    Research Reporting Requirements

    •     Monitor project adherence to the funding requirements. Communicate status of funded activities to the principal investigators and research team.
    •     Maintain positive relationships with all internal and external stakeholders.
    •     Track expenditures and report on the status of the budget.
    •     Write financial and project progress reports as required by funder. Collaborate with PIs and project leads to develop, write, and submit annual progress and summative project reports. ORGANIZE

    People and Resources

    •     Plan for resources needed to support project and proposal implementation.
    •     Provide leadership for support team members, use participative management and/or consensus decision making as appropriate. Conduct periodic evaluation of project procedures and assess resource allocation.
    •     Schedule and conduct project meetings as needed.
    •     Participate in strategic planning for project staffing.

    Communication

    •     Establish and maintain project management information system. Assist in writing public awareness materials, including social media. Keep aflasafe website up-to-date and initiate a mechanism of regular updates of project activities for communicating to relevant stakeholders.
    •     Keep principal investigators informed of the status of the projects. Collaborate with principal investigators to develop, write, and submit proposals to a variety of funding sources with different requirements.
    •     Collaborate with principal investigators on the development of the research project budget and authorize allocations to various budget centers within each cost centers.

    Minimum Qualification & Experience :

    •     The candidate should have an M.A/M.Sc. Degree in Management, International Development Studies, Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Social Sciences and Natural Science or related qualification from a recognized University;

    Skills & abilities :

    •     Project management qualification, ideally Prince 2 Practitioner level or APMP Level 7 with Microsoft Project. Having portfolio or program management experience is an advantage.
    •     Specialization in the area of programming and coordination is an advantage.
    •     At least 7 years of professional experience in managing large-scale projects with a strong programming approach in an international research/development organization.
    •     Extensive international experience in working with governments, multilateral and bilateral development agencies and civil society organizations.
    •     Experience with budget preparation and monitoring, project activity monitoring.
    •     Demonstrated project management skills.
    •     Ability to meet tight deadlines for various activities.
    •     Ability to prioritize work and handle multiple tasks; keen attention to detail.
    •     Ability to communicate complex research results in a concise and engaging fashion.
    •     Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English.
    •     Ability to work independently in a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, and multi-cultural environment.
    •     Excellent interpersonal skills.
    •     Conversant in social networking tools.

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    Plant Pathologist

     

    Job Description :

    •     Provide leadership for interdisciplinary research leading to management of critical diseases in root and tuber, cereal, legume and vegetable cropping systems in Eastern, Southern and Central Africa.
    •     Diagnose and characterize pathogenic organisms by developing fit for purpose tools that are appropriate for use in field or laboratory. Understand pathogen epidemiology to develop and validate management practices and control interventions.
    •     Coordinate the implementation of pre-emptive, effective and sustainable systems for risk assessment, modelling, surveillance, extension and reporting to increase vigilance of agricultural systems as they become intensified and subject to climate change. Determine prevalence of mycotoxin contamination and impact of farmers’ practices and contribute to the development of management and mitigation strategies, including biological control linked to the continental AflasafeTM programme.
    •     Develop and implement biological programmes for control of noxious weeds and pathogens.
    •     Mentor and backstop graduate students and national and regional staff responsible for research and regulatory systems.
    •     Lead and support initiatives to raise funds for projects, targeted activities and meetings.
    •     Routinely communicate research results through media outlets, communication channels and through high quality science publications.
    •     Develop and nurture effective partnerships and collaborative relationships and the reputation of IITA.

    Minimum Qualification & Experience :

    • The candidate should have a PhD in plant pathology.

    Skills & abilities :

    •     Demonstrated significant postdoctoral experience with research on plant pathology and integrated pest management;
    •     Extensive knowledge of biological control approaches;
    •     Proven expertise in pest risk management analysis;
    •     Demonstrated experience with management of large-scale projects;
    •     Demonstrated ability to write and publish journal articles;
    •     Excellent spoken and written English (knowledge of French and Swahili would be a distinct advantage and also Portuguese);
    •     Ability to work independently in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment.

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    Post-doc Soil Fertility Management

     

    The project will deliver the following outcomes:
    (i) documentation of dual purpose legumes, cassava and yam production and utilization in the targeted countries;
    (ii) increased awareness of targeted smallholders of possible socio-economic and nutritional benefits of these crops; (iii) create expertise in the target countries on the production and use of the above technologies and practices,
    (iv) effective and profitable value chains for the target crops,
    (v) an improved crop production environment. The overall benefit of the proposed research will be the adoption by farmers of higher yielding and more sustainable cropping systems.
    Position/Responsibilities The Post-doc Soil Fertility Management will report to the Director for Central Africa. He/she will be responsible for delivering the project milestones in DR Congo, under direct supervision of the Root and Tuber Agronomist, based in Ibadan, Nigeria, and the Project Leader, based in Bukavu, DR Congo.

    More specifically, he/she will:

    •     Lead the planning of research activities in DR Congo
    •     Lead the implementation of the various activities planned for Congo
    •     Liaise with partners within the cooperating national agricultural research systems to ensure all activities are implemented with the highest rigor and quality.
    •     Supervise MSc trainees engaged in the context of the project. Assist the Project Leader in ensuring a timely dispatch of the necessary resources to all partners.
    •     Assist the Project Leader in monitoring project expenses against available budgets.
    •     Prepare consolidated technical progress reports for Congo to be forwarded to the Project Leader.
    •     Write scientific papers for submission in high quality peer-reviewed journals.
    •     Participate in and contribute to NRM meetings.
    •     Represent the project in meetings and conferences.
    •     Be an advocate to broaden project donor base, including linkages with other projects.
    •     Contribute to the Humidtropics and Soils and ecosystems CGIAR Research Programs. Duty station: IITA Bukavu, DR Congo

    Minimum Qualification & Experience :

    • PhD in tropical soil fertility management or related field, with demonstrated working experience in Africa.

    Skills & abilities :
    Core Competencies:

    •     Demonstrated publishing skills in top quality scientific journals. Practical experience with soil science and soil fertility-related tools and approaches.
    •     Practical experience of working with national research systems in Africa.
    •     Working experience in Advanced Research Institutes.
    •     Strong oral and written communication skills.
    •     Ability to motivate students and support staff to produce quality work within tight timeframes.
    •     Team player with personality traits that enable him/her to motivate and communicate with all levels of the professional and support staff.
    •     Self-starting, energetic working style, with an ability to work effectively with little day-to-day direction or supervision.
    •     Reputation of integrity, high intelligence, creativity and the ability to exercise good judgment.
    •     Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to establish rapport and credibility with people at all organizational levels, forming strong relationships, both internally and externally.
    •     Committed to transparency and continuous improvement in a cooperative atmosphere of constructive evaluation and learning. Fluent in English. Working knowledge of French would be a strong advantage.

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    Project Account Officer

     

    Description:

    •     Establish tables of accounts and assign entries to proper accounts; Develop, maintain and analyze budgets, preparing periodic reports that compare budgeted cost to actual costs.
    •     Develop, implement, modify and document record keeping and accounting systems, making use of current computer technology including Quick books.
    •     Prepare, examine and analyze accounting records, financial statements and other financial reports to assess accuracy completeness and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.
    •     Monitor project funds and advice project officer on variances and trends.
    •     Prepare financial reports and forecast costs for budgeting annually.
    •     Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
    •     Perform other duties assigned by your supervisor.

    Job Description :

    •     Establish tables of accounts and assign entries to proper accounts; Develop, maintain and analyze budgets, preparing periodic reports that compare budgeted cost to actual costs.
    •     Develop, implement, modify and document record keeping and accounting systems, making use of current computer technology including Quick books.
    •     Prepare, examine and analyze accounting records, financial statements and other financial reports to assess accuracy completeness and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.
    •     Monitor project funds and advice project officer on variances and trends.
    •     Prepare financial reports and forecast costs for budgeting annually.
    •     Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
    •     Perform other duties assigned by your supervisor.

    Minimum Qualification & Experience :

    • BSc in Accounting, Corporate Finance, Banking or related field with 5 years experience performing similar role. Possession of ICAN is an added advantage

    Skills & abilities :

    •     Strong communication skills—oral and written
    •     General Accounting skill
    •     Attention to detail
    •     Detailed Oriented
    •     Good research result reporting skills
    •     Time management
    •     Confidentiality
    •     Time management

    Personal Qualities :

    •     Display high energy level
    •     Ability to work under pressure
    •     Willingness to work at odd hours

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    Communication Officer

     

    Description :

    •     Develop and implement a detailed communication strategy for the Harvest Plus project in Nigeria;
    •     Write, edit and produce various communication materials including brochures, flyers, posters, articles, news stories and technical reports on Harvest Plus activities in Nigeria;
    •     Develop and package print/web/audiovisual/multimedia materials in a variety of formats for donors, traders, policy makers and farmers; Monitor stories in the print and new media that cite HarvestPlus activities;
    •     Facilitate and coordinate communication among partners, extension services and stakeholders in the vitamin A cassava and maize value chain in target and expansion states;
    •     Provide editorial and communication support, documentation for all project activities;
    •     Develop and maintain good working relationships with the media including national, regional and international newspapers, magazines, radio and television;
    •     Facilitate the dissemination of farmer- friendly information on HarvestPlus project activities through features writing, press releases, field days, radio programs and television;
    •     Update information on Harvest Plus database;
    •     Maintain liaison with federal, State and NGO partners in Nigeria

    Job Description :

    •     Develop and implement a detailed communication strategy for the Harvest Plus project in Nigeria;
    •     Write, edit and produce various communication materials including brochures, flyers, posters, articles, news stories and technical reports on Harvest Plus activities in Nigeria;
    •     Develop and package print/web/audiovisual/multimedia materials in a variety of formats for donors, traders, policy makers and farmers; Monitor stories in the print and new media that cite HarvestPlus activities;
    •     Facilitate and coordinate communication among partners, extension services and stakeholders in the vitamin A cassava and maize value chain in target and expansion states;
    •     Provide editorial and communication support, documentation for all project activities;
    •     Develop and maintain good working relationships with the media including national, regional and international newspapers, magazines, radio and television;
    •     Facilitate the dissemination of farmer- friendly information on HarvestPlus project activities through features writing, press releases, field days, radio programs and television;
    •     Update information on Harvest Plus database;
    •     Maintain liaison with federal, State and NGO partners in Nigeria

    Minimum Qualification & Experience:

    • MSc in Mass Communication, Journalism, Public Relation or related field or related field with 7 years experience performing similar role.

    Skills & abilities :

    •     Strong communication skills—oral and written
    •     Excellent creative writing and investigative journalism
    •     Attention to detail
    •     Detailed Oriented
    •     Good research result reporting skills
    •     Time management

    Personal Qualities :

    •     Willingness to travel and work in rural areas
    •     Be able to follow instructions and work independently where necessary.
    •     Possess good organizational skills and demonstrate ability to work under pressure

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    Database/Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant

     

    Description:

    •     Develop, maintain and operationalize a Monitoring and Evaluation system for the Harvest Plus program that allows learning, adoption and action;
    •     Work with partners to ensure collection of relevant and appropriate data needed for an effective and informative Monitoring and Evaluation system;
    •     Build capacity of implementation partners to enable them monitor, evaluate, collate and send data to a central database unit for documentation
    •     Manage existing database and build new ones for easy access to data on the development, multiplication, dissemination, production, processing, marketing of vitamin A cassava and maize in Nigeria. Develop and manage online marketing of vitamin A cassava and maize in Nigeria.
    •     Monitor database performance and back-up information regularly. Prepare users by conducting training; providing information and resolving problems.
    •     Monitor data entry procedures and provide information by answering question and request;
    •     Provide independent verification of performance of implementing partners through monitoring, assessment and evaluation of the project
    •     Liaise and provide relevant data to HarvestPlus Impact and Policy team and collaborators.

    Job Description :

    •     Develop, maintain and operationalize a Monitoring and Evaluation system for the Harvest Plus program that allows learning, adoption and action;
    •     Work with partners to ensure collection of relevant and appropriate data needed for an effective and informative Monitoring and Evaluation system;
    •     Build capacity of implementation partners to enable them monitor, evaluate, collate and send data to a central database unit for documentation
    •     Manage existing database and build new ones for easy access to data on the development, multiplication, dissemination, production, processing, marketing of vitamin A cassava and maize in Nigeria. Develop and manage online marketing of vitamin A cassava and maize in Nigeria.
    •     Monitor database performance and back-up information regularly. Prepare users by conducting training; providing information and resolving problems.
    •     Monitor data entry procedures and provide information by answering question and request;
    •     Provide independent verification of performance of implementing partners through monitoring, assessment and evaluation of the project
    •     Liaise and provide relevant data to HarvestPlus Impact and Policy team and collaborators.

    Minimum Qualification & Experience :

    • BSc in Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science or related fields with 2 years experience working on a similar role.

    Skills & abilities :

    •     Strong communication skills—oral and written
    •     Good knowledge of statistics packages, database and web design Detailed Oriented
    •     Good research result reporting skills
    •     Time management
    •     Data entry management

    Personal Qualities :

    • Ability to work under pressure and tight reporting deadlines Willingness to work at odd hours

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    Business Development Officer

     

    Description:

    •     Identify and analyse Biofortification strength and weakness and respond to opportunities and threat in the marketing environment Set goals for market share and growth
    •     Develop and implement appropriate strategies by selecting, segmenting and targeting markets and promoting biofortified foods and seeds to those markets.
    •     Provide leadership on branding and packaging of products
    •     Works on developing new products for niche market.
    •     Managing distribution channels of biofortified foods in villages and urban market;
    •     Develop plans for advertising, sales promotion and public relations;
    •     Create and develop new innovative ways to communicate for increased adoption of vitamin A cassava by farmers, processor marketers and consumer;
    •     Develop standard for product and profitability analysis for investor. Maintain liaison with Federal, State and NGO partners in Nigeria;

    Job Description :

    •     Identify and analyse Biofortification strength and weakness and respond to opportunities and threat in the marketing environment Set goals for market share and growth
    •     Develop and implement appropriate strategies by selecting, segmenting and targeting markets and promoting biofortified foods and seeds to those markets.
    •     Provide leadership on branding and packaging of products
    •     Works on developing new products for niche market.
    •     Managing distribution channels of biofortified foods in villages and urban market;
    •     Develop plans for advertising, sales promotion and public relations; Create and develop new innovative ways to communicate for increased adoption of vitamin A cassava by farmers, processor marketers and consumer;
    •     Develop standard for product and profitability analysis for investor. Maintain liaison with Federal, State and NGO partners in Nigeria;

    Minimum Qualification & Experience :

    • MSc or PGD in Marketing, Economics, Agricultural Economics or any related fields with 5 years experience performing similar functions

    Skills & abilities :

    •     Strong communication skills—oral and written
    •     Excellent copywriting skill and experience.
    •     Detailed Oriented
    •     Good research result reporting skills
    •     Time management
    •     Confidentiality
    •     Time management

    Personal Qualities :

    •     Display high energy level
    •     Ability to work under pressure
    •     Willingness to work at odd hours

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    Nutrition and Post Harvest Officer

     

    Description :

    •     Carry out nutrition studies for Harvest Plus-Nigeria in collaboration with local and international partners;
    •     Carry out post-harvest studies of vitamin A rich crops and foods. Develop and promote new standards for processing, packaging and storage.
    •     Establish and manage model processing and marketing centres to improve access to vitamin A rich foods.
    •     Work with local community groups to encourage healthy eating and to improve food processing skills, taking into account the unstable nature of vitamin A in food.
    •     Train food processors in the value chain on best practice and business skills.
    •     Create demand and link to supply of vitamin A rich foods.
    •     Collate, analyze, interpret data and write reports.
    •     Maintain liaison with Federal, State and NGO partners in Nigeria.

    Job Description :

    •     Carry out nutrition studies for Harvest Plus-Nigeria in collaboration with local and international partners;
    •     Carry out post-harvest studies of vitamin A rich crops and foods. Develop and promote new standards for processing, packaging and storage.
    •     Establish and manage model processing and marketing centres to improve access to vitamin A rich foods.
    •     Work with local community groups to encourage healthy eating and to improve food processing skills, taking into account the unstable nature of vitamin A in food.
    •     Train food processors in the value chain on best practice and business skills.
    •     Create demand and link to supply of vitamin A rich foods.
    •     Collate, analyze, interpret data and write reports.
    •     Maintain liaison with Federal, State and NGO partners in Nigeria.

    Minimum Qualification & Experience :

    • MSc in Human Nutrition, Food Technology or related field with 5 years experience in Nutritional Fields

    Skills & abilities :

    •     Strong communication skills—oral and written
    •     Strong leadership skills
    •     Detailed Oriented
    •     Good research result reporting skills
    •     Time management

    Personal Qualities :

    •     Willingness to travel and work in rural areas
    •     Be able to follow instructions and work independently where necessary.
    •     Possess good organizational skills and demonstrate ability to work under pressure

    Method of Application

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

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