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Fresh Career Opportunities at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)


The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a non-profit agricultural research-for-development (R4D) organization, and a member of the CGIAR Consortium.
We thank you for your interest in IITA and invite you to explore many exciting and diverse career opportunities in a work environment that enables you to be the best you can, advancing your professional and personal growth in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
Join a vibrant team that is committed to facilitating agricultural solutions for hunger, poverty, and natural resource degradation throughout the tropics.IITA is an equal opportunity employer and consideration for employment is given to qualified applicants regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, national/ethnic origin or social status.

IITA, currently invites applications for the position below: 

 Job Title: Research Technician I

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2016-026
Location: Ibadan
Recruitment Type: National (3-year renewable contract) 
Job Responsibilities  
Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties: 

  • Assists in fishing and preparing nematodes for culturing;
  • Assists in nematodes counting and identification;
  • Assist in nematodes culturing;
  • Actively participate in field layout, planting and sample collection;
  • Assist in all laboratory research activities;
  • Assist in keep an up-to-date record of laboratory samples and extraction;
  • Assist in data collection and entry;
  • Assist in supervision of casual workers;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.


  • OND in General Agriculture preferably Crop protection, Crop production or related field.


  • At least two (2) years relevant experience in a similar role.

Ideal Candidate must:

  • Be organized and patience to attention.
  • Have good time management skills.
  • Have basic training in laboratory activities.
  • Be dependable takes initiative and ready to accept responsibilities.
  • Have good critical and interpersonal skills.
  • Have driving skills.


Job Title: Deputy Director General, Corporate Services 
Ref No: DG/DDG-CS/05/16
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Position Responsibilities 
The Deputy Director General, Corporate Services reports to the Director General. Main responsibilities: 

  • Provide oversight and strategic guidance on the administrative operations of Supply Chain, Hospitality and Travel Service, Facilities Management Services, Safety & Security Services, Human Resources and the Administrative services at the IITA hubs and stations. Particular focus will be on Human Resources and Facilities Management Services.
  • Develop and implement a long term strategy for the Corporate Services Directorate.
  • Review the efficacy of the SOP of the stations and improve on them.
  • Handle challenging and/or unique employee situations (e.g., performance issues, complex personal situations) with a high degree of empathy and professionalism, in keeping with IITA’s broader culture and issues related to on-campus living within the local environment.
  • Provide strategic advice to the IITA Board and the Director General.
  • Devise strategic avenues of ensuring value for money in Supply Chain.
  • Provide strong leadership on issues related to project execution and full cost recovery.
  • Support, manage and progress the process of decentralization of the hubs and stations.

Educational Qualifications

  • The candidate must be in possession of an appropriate advanced level Degree in a relevant field or an equivalent qualification.

Core Competencies:

  • Minimum of ten (10) years relevant experience in core administration at senior management level and a proven managerial track record.
  • Experience in leading and managing transformation, change and diversity.
  • Strong and demonstrated management competencies, including strategic and operational capability and leadership, programme and project management, people management and empowerment and financial management.
  • Experience in working with a leading international organization or multinational private sector company within a cross- cultural environment at a senior level.
  • Excellent leadership, management, strategic decision making abilities together with hands on approach.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build high performance teams.
  • Advanced computer literacy.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are essential, including the ability to set out coherent presentations and group interactions.

General Information
Initial appointment is for three years. IITA offers a competitive remuneration package paid in US dollars.

Job Title: Foreman Plumber 
Ref No: IITA-HR-NRS2016-026 
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties: 

  • Assist in monitoring delivery schedules of materials to ensure uninterrupted work flow;
  • Ensuring work performed conforms with work plans, specifications and industry standards;
  • Assist in supervise the plumbing activities in the plumbing unit;
  • Assist in the installation of WCs, sinks and wash hand basins;
  • Assist in installation of copper water pipes and general plumbing work;
  • Submitting detailed report s of completed work assigned;
  • Ensuring safety and making sure tool box are sufficient to meet work demand;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.


  • BSc/HND in Mechanical Engineering or related field.


  • At least two (3) years relevant experience in a similar role.


  • Ideal Candidate must have:
    • Good understanding of construction means and method associate with renovations and construction of industrial buildings.
    • Good Knowledge of plumbing work

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

How to Apply

Interested candidate should forward their Covering letter which should address how the candidate’s background/experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three professional referees (which must include either the Head of the applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor/Superior at his/her present or former place of work).

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  • IITA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in the workforce, therefore female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Application Deadline  18th June, 2016. 


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