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Fresh Jobs at IITA – International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

IITA is guided by an ambitious strategy–to lift 11.5 million people out of poverty and revitalize 7.5 million hectares of farmland by 2020. We are a nonprofit organization founded in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and supported by several countries.

As one of 15 research centers in the CGIAR, a global partnership for a food secure future, IITA is engaged in several CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). Our mission is to enhance food security and improve livelihoods in Africa through research for development (R4D).

Applications are invited from interested and qualified candidates to apply for Jobs at IITA
 

Job Specifications:

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Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2022-002

Recruitment Type: National (1-year renewable contract)
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, on behalf of HarvestPlus, seeks suitable
Nigerian for the position below at its country office in Ibadan.

Job Description:
  • Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:
  • Support the CBC Nigeria Program Manager to ensure technical, coordinating, implementing, and monitoring of vitamin A maize (VAM) & vitamin A cassava (VAC)
  • crops value chains.
  • Support in strengthening of institution that enhances the performance of businesses along the value chains.
  • Support HarvestPlus partners and stakeholders in the implementation of projects and report project regularly.
  • Develop appropriate business models and plans for the implementation and delivery of vitamin A maize (VAM) & vitamin A cassava (VAC) supply chain.
  • Specifically work with seed companies to ensure production, distribution and marketing of seeds and stems.
  • Work with seed companies and agro dealers to ensure access to seeds at state and LGA levels.
  • Support seed value chains with demand creation exercises and demos to stimulate demand for vitamin A maize (VAM) & vitamin A cassava (VAC) crops value chains.
  • Provide technical support to extension officers to create a multiplier effect.
  • Provide technical support to agro dealers and stem entrepreneurs to provide technical information to farmers at point of sales product at the various commodity markets.
  • Coordinate and network with relevant stakeholders/actors operating in the various vitamin A maize (VAM) & vitamin A cassava (VAC) crops value chains.
  • Work closely in collaboration with other members of HarvestPlus team.
  • Have prior knowledge of private sector development initiatives.
  • Prepare and implement operational plans and budgets for effective engagements with the development, private and public sector and ensure proper coordination of
  • activities along the links of the value chains.
  • Develop and implement technical, organizational and business advisory services, and support to the creation of enabling environment.
  • Develop advisory service models that will deliver appropriate value chain-wide technical support.
  • Have sound knowledge of agricultural extension skills and smallholder capacity building and a focus of inclusive business models.
  • Design and support the implementation of specific studies and request for proposal, country specific contributions to monitoring, reporting to monthly, biannual and
  • annual progress reports and evaluation of program activities
  • Perform any other job-related task as may be assigned by the Supervisor.
Qualifications and Requirements:

Master in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, Business Administration, or related field with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in food business, marketing and technical
function or similar role in a well-structured environment or donor funded organization.
COMPETENCIES:
The ideal candidate must:

  • Have good report writing skills, high competency on Microsoft excel and PowerPoint.
  • Have basic presentation skills and good at making networks.
  • Have additional training in the areas of value chain approach, entrepreneurship, business development services, policy formulation, advocacy, ICT and experience in
  • implementing nutrition sensitive value chains will be an advantage.

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

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Market System/Value Chain Advisor

Job Specifications:

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Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2022-002
Location: Abuja Recruitment Type: National (1-year renewable contract)
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, on behalf of HarvestPlus, seeks suitable
Nigerian for the position below at its country office in Abuja:
Position: Market System/Value Chain Advisor
Contract: 1-year renewable contract Location: Abuja

Job Description:

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

  • Technically coordinate, implement, and monitor biofortified crops value chains.
  • Support HarvestPlus partners and stakeholders in the implementation of projects and regular project reporting.
  • Develop appropriate business models and plans for the implementation and delivery of biofortified crops value chains.
  • Specifically work with seed companies to ensure production, distribution, and marketing of biofortified seeds.
  • Work with seed companies and agro dealers to ensure access to seeds at state and LGA levels.
  • Support seed value chains with demand creation exercises and demos to stimulate demand for biofortified crops.
  • Facilitate contractual relationship between producers and aggregators.
  • Integrate commodity brokers into the various value chains to support marketing of biofortified produce at the various commodity markets/hubs.
  • Coordinate and network with relevant stakeholders/actors operating in the various biofortified value chains.
  • Have experience in integration of stakeholders into value chains and be knowledgeable in
  • identifying constraints and strengthening of weak linkages in value chains.
  • Provide technical leadership for the implementation of activities using a market systems development approach.
  • Build capacity of technical partners and stakeholders to foster market system upgrading.
  • Implement diagnostics and assessments to evaluate market opportunities, identify partners, and design project partnerships and activities.
  • Provide thought advice for the project implementing area private sector businesses, and other stakeholders in improving the market system.
  • Work closely with the field team to strategize and implement activities aligned with the annual HarvestPlus project targets and be experienced in implementing value chain projects in Northern Nigeria.
  • Implement value chains in crisis areas and work closely in collaboration with other members of HarvestPlus team.
  • Prepare and implement operational plans and budgets for effective engagements with the development, private and public sector.
  • Develop and implement technical, organizational and business advisory services and support to the creation of enabling environment.
  • Work closely with the state and federal ministries of agriculture to integrate biofortification into their yearly programs.
  • Develop and implement advisory services models that will deliver appropriate value chain- wide technical support.
  • Have sound knowledge of agricultural extension skills and smallholder capacity building and a focus of inclusive business models.
  • Design and support the implementation of specific studies and request for proposals.
  • Country specific contributions to monitoring, reporting to monthly, biannual and annual progress reports and evaluation of program activities.
  • Prepare, moderate, document meetings and workshops and the organization of field trips as requested.
  • Organize and implement field trainings and workshops.
  • Coordinate the work of consultants/resource persons;
  • Perform any other job-related task as may be assigned by the Supervisor.
Qualifications and Requirements:

Master in Agricultural Agriculture (Agronomy), Agriculture Extension, Agribusiness Management, Agricultural Economics and Extension, Business Administration, or related
field with a minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in food business, marketing and technical function or similar role in a well-structured environment or donor funded
organization.
COMPETENCIES:
The ideal candidate must:

  • Have additional training in the areas of value chain approach, cooperatives / social entrepreneurship, banking and finance, non-governmental organization (NGO)
  • administration, business development services, policy formulation and advocacy ICT will be an advantage.
  • Be experience in implementing nutrition sensitive value chains
  • Be experienced in agro-industries or development organization to facilitate and promote private sector agricultural development initiatives.

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

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Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidate for “Jobs at IITA” should click the button below and start their application.

Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed cover letter and curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format no later than Two Weeks from the date of this publication.
The application must include the names and email addresses of three professional referees which must include the applicant’s current or previous direct Supervisor and professional
colleague.
IITA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse workforce, particularly welcoming applications from women. While all applications will be acknowledged, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: March 9, 2022

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