Teacher Needed at IITA – International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

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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.

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 role of teacher at IITA.

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Head Teacher, International School of IITA

Job Specifications:

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Job Description:

The Head Teacher will provide input as required in the development of international standard educational activities for school-age children in IITA.

The Head Teacher will act as Designated Safeguarding Lead for IITA in Ibadan.

At the International School of IITA

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The head teacher is:

  • a 21st-century leader, comfortable with technology integration.
  • committed to promoting academic excellence in all areas.
  • committed to embodying international mindedness and the IB Learner Profile.

Strategic Leadership

The head teacher will:

  • lead a strategic review of the school mission, vision, and strategy with stakeholders in the school and IITA community.
  • ensure the school strategic plan reflects a commitment to the IB mission and philosophy alongside a commitment to the vision of IITA and CGIAR.
  • promote the school within IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria, and internationally to enable IITA to recruit the best staff from across the globe to further its mission.
  • lead the pedagogical leadership team and school management team.
  • identify key issues within the school and report to/advise the IITA Management.
  • ensure that the school remains at the forefront of educational thinking.

Educational Management:

The head teacher is:

  • responsible for the supervision, appraisal, and professional development of staff. This may be done directly or through members of the management team.
  • responsible for the coordination and leadership of curriculum review and development of all sections recommended in the PYP Authorisation Report and the new PYP Programme Standards and Practices in conjunction with the pedagogical leadership team, ensuring the school is fully prepared for the re-authorization visit in 2024.
  • responsible for admission of new students to the school.
  • responsible for the coordination of assemblies and special events in conjunction with the pedagogical leadership team.
  • responsible for the oversight of curriculum enhancement activities in the school.
  • responsible for regular independent assessment of children’s progress in the school using appropriate benchmarking tools.
  • responsible for ensuring the school achieves and maintains international accreditation in line with the agreed strategic plan.

People Management

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The head teacher will:

  • review the school organogram as necessary and oversee all recruitment and appointments in school alongside the IITA People and Culture Unit.
  • oversee the in-service staff training for school staff including in-house training, national training, and international training.
  • maintain a strong sense of unity within the school community.
  • promote high standards of behaviour in the school.
  • build and promote a strong sense of motivation among staff and other members of the school community.

Across IITA more widely

The head teacher will:

  • support IITA to develop environmental education and agricultural education programmes by providing pedagogical input as required.
  • act as Designated Safeguarding Lead for IITA in Ibadan.
  • provide advice on child safeguarding in other IITA stations as necessary.
  • identify areas of concern within the International School, other childcare provisions, and IITA HQ more widely regarding child safeguarding and report to IITA Management.

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Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Graduate degree (Masters) in International Education, Education Management, Education Leadership, or a related field.
  • At least five years of international experience as head of school or administrator of a sizeable school division.
  • Fluency in English.

Core Competencies:

  • A passionate, capable, and committed school leader with the capacity, skills, and knowledge to lead the faculty.
  • A high visibility leader with an open, warm, and friendly demeanour.
  • A team player who is inspired to collaborate, excited to explore new ideas, and willing to learn from others.
  • An excellent communicator with strong writing and speaking skills.
  • A confident leader who displays humility, empathy, and is a good listener.
  • A leader who is experienced in building positive relationships and is equipped with the interpersonal skills needed to successfully manage the human complexities of an international school community.
  • A patient and calm individual with a willingness to listen and reflect, but decisive whenever decisions need to be made.
  • An effective time manager with good organizational skills and the ability to look at things in detail.
  • Lives and breathes IB values.


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Deadline: June 12, 2023

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