Latest Vacancy 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 farm land–by 2020.

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).

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

Job Specifications:

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Reference No.: IITA-HR-NRS2021-015
Recruitment Type: National (2 – year renewable contract)

Job Description:

  • The successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:  
  • Support scientists of the AfricaYam II project and Yam Breeding unit in the multiplication of true-to-type, disease and pest-free yam to ensure project goals are accomplished using high-quality planting materials
  • Integrate new technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations including mechanization, bar-coding, electronic data collection and management, high-throughput phenotyping, and rapid multiplication techniques.
  • Provide technical support, capacity development and training to the project.
  • Contribute to the development and dissemination of training documents (Flyer, newsletters, posters, training manuals etc.).
  • Collect, collate and summarize field, screen house, and lab data using electronic devices and management software to prepare reports, monitor multiplication rate and maintain accurate inventories.
  • Liaise with other units for pathogen and pest testing and to obtain phytosanitary certificates for tubers or plantlets to be distributed to partners.
  • Coordinate with Germplasm Health Unit and Genetic Resource Centre staff to establish and maintain virus-free stocks of yam for back-up, multiplication, and distribution of breeding materials.
  • Supervise and coordinate the implementation of the weekly plan for research technicians and field/screen house assistants.
  • Prepare protocol for the multiplication of seedling, vine-cutting and tubers in screen house or field and supervise the implementation of these protocols.
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Project Leader.

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Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Master’s in Plant Science or related fields with a minimum of five(5) years relevant experience in a well-structured organization.

The ideal candidate must:

  • Be experienced in Semi Autotrophic Hydroponics and high ratio propagation of clonal crops.


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

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidate for “Vacancy at IITA” should click the APPLY HERE button below

Deadline: May 7, 2021

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