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Jobs at IITA – International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

IITA (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture) 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.

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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 the jobs at IITA.

Job Specifications:

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Job Description:
  • Assist in the aspect of daily scouting/desk review of donor websites to identify calls/funding opportunities.

  • Assist in processing of administrative supporting documents (e.g. Support letter, Letter of Intent etc.) to be submitted with Proposals/CNs/Expression of Interest.
  • Assist in facilitating completion of proposal summary form (as may be necessary).
  • Ensure all project closure process and related activities are properly implemented.
  • Proactively review agreements to monitor compliance to established systems and procedures related to project close-out requirements.
  • Develop and manage a tracking system for monitoring and follow-up on administrative closure of projects.
  • Work closely with Project Managers and Finance Directorate’s Assets Officer to facilitate the reconciliation of the project’s close-out inventory list.
  • Follow-up with Project Managers and teams to ensure timely completion of project close-out checklist and ensure all relevant documents are submitted.
  • Follow-up with donors to facilitate receipt of formal letter that acknowledges/certifies the satisfactory completion of projects.
  • Circulate e-mail signifying the formal administrative closure of projects to relevant internal stakeholders.
  • Work with other colleagues to ensure seamless flow of project closure related information and in achieving the unit’s set goals.
  • Liaise with relevant units/teams to ensure projects are administratively closed properly.
  • Actively support the Head of the Unit to ensure continuous improvement in project closeout processes.
  • Assist and ensure that all close-out related documentation is promptly uploaded on the ProMIS database;
  • Perform any other job-related duties as may be assigned by the Head of the Unit.
Qualifications and Requirements:

BSc/HND in Agricultural or Science related field with a minimum of four (4) years’ experience in an agricultural and multi-cultural organization with familiarity with related concepts.


The ideal candidate must:

  • Have proven experience in handling administrative functions which involves regular communication/correspondence with stakeholders (internal and external).
  • Have excellent Communication in English language.
  • Have proficient skills with MS Office Suite (including MS-Word, MS-Excel, MS-Outlook) and computer applications.
  • Have good understanding of agricultural-related terminologies and concepts;
  • Have excellent client services orientation and ability to prioritize and manage time efficiently.
  • Have strong people/stakeholder management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Have good problem-solving and analytical skills required.
  • Be able to multi-task and have ability to meet quality standards within deadlines;
  • Flexibility to manage uncertainty and adjust to a changing work program


Senior Nursing Officer

Job Specifications:

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Job Description:
  • Checking of vital signs, e.g. Temperature, Pulse Respiration and blood pressure; etc)
  • Perform wound dressing on routine and emergency basis.
  • Facilitate health education to all categories of staff.
  • Conduct eye lavage, ear syringing and giving of injections.
  • Setting up of intravenous infusion as the need arises.
  • Conduct immunization of mothers and babies.
  • Conduct simple eye testing using Snellen’s chart.
  • Provide clinical consultations for simple clinical cases whenever the need arises (especially after normal hours).
  • Register patients’ attendance every day.
  • Assist in the management of very ill patients.
  • Assist in updating of yellow cards to those who are travelling outside the country.
  • Assist in the collection of vaccines from State regulatory authorities.
  • Carry out cleaning, autoclave and storage of instruments used in nursing care.
  • Replenish the clinic emergency box and resuscitation trolley as need arises.
  • Carry out costing and billing for drugs and other services.
  • Perform any other duties as may be necessitated by the absence of any other member of the health team.
Qualifications and Requirements:

BSc in Nursing and Registered Midwife Certificate with any two (2) of the following:

  • Diploma in Public/Occupational Health Nursing.
  • Family Planning Certificate.
  • Accident & Emergency Nursing Diploma.
  • Post Basic Nursing Certificate in Theatre Techniques.
  • Post Basic Nursing Certificate in Pediatric Nursing.
  • Diploma in Health Education.

Minimum of 5 years of relevant working experience in at least three of the following areas:

  • Accident and emergency unit.
  • Outpatient department and medical wards.
  • Family Planning Unit/Family Health Unit.
  • Maternal & Child Health Unit.


The ideal candidate must:

  • Possess good organizational skills and demonstrate the ability to work under pressure
  • Be able to carry out basic laboratory procedures such as rapid malaria test, urinalysis, and blood sugar using a glucometer.

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Communication and Knowledge Manager

Job Specifications:

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Job Description:
  • Develop, coordinate, and implement a detailed communication and knowledge exchange plan for the Activity in close collaboration with the Activity’s experts, partners, and the Chief of Party.
  • Establish and maintain approaches to ensure the sustainable, timely, transparent, and interconnected two-way exchange of knowledge across the Activity.
  • Manage and ensure effective stakeholder relationships and knowledge exchange approaches by engaging in dialog and using feedback mechanisms with Activity partners, ADP, and beneficiaries.
  • Manage Activity events (including press conferences, fairs, promotional events, and exhibitions) and produce accurate and timely reports of events (including media releases), success stories, and newsletters/bulletins.
  • Set up, design, and coordinate an online media platform on Activity’s results in close collaboration with a social media expert.
  • Support web-based tools and social media for widespread communication of knowledge generated.
  • Produce efficient communication materials (print and audio including educational video documentation) adapted to the needs of farmers for communication of key Activity outputs and learnings.
  • Advise on and produce training and educational materials for the manufacture and use of the best-practice production technologies, seed systems approach, business cluster formation, and integrated value chain development for extension services and rural populations.
  • Manage in close collaboration with the Chief of Party and the donor the PR aspect of a possible crisis situation and advise on possible crisis communication strategies.
  • Participate and contribute to the reporting, evaluation, and planning processes and elaboration of Activity.
  • Work with other staff of the Activity to ensure that the objectives of the Activity are achieved.
  • Perform any other job-related duties as may be assigned by the Head of the Unit.
Qualifications and Requirements:

Master’s degree in Mass Communication, Journalism, English Language, Linguistics, Public Relations or other related field with a minimum of seven (7) years’ experience performing similar role in an international organization or a donor funded project.


The ideal candidate must:

  • Be proficient in the use of computers (with good grasp and knowledge of spreadsheets, word processing, power point presentation and other MS office applications), database management software, internet-based tools and other electronic communication tools.
  • Have a good understanding and knowledge of online social media tools (such as Web 2.0 platforms, blog sites etc.) and writing for the Web.
  • Be proficient in English language with excellent oral, writing, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills, be a team worker and facilitator, communication and networking skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented multicultural environment.
  • Demonstrate ability to plan and co-ordinate, and monitor own work plans, prioritize and organize workloads; take initiatives and work under pressure.
  • Have an excellent understanding of agriculture, poverty, youth empowerment, gender and sustainability issues in rural development of Nigeria, especially in the Northeast region.
  • Have ability to integrate in an existing complex programme set-up.
  • Have ability to deliver accurate and timely reports of events, success stories and newsletters/bulletins.
  • Be able to work with minimum supervision and with tight deadlines.

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Deadline: July 5, 2023

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