Fresh Job Vacancies at International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)

The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) is a public international organization (PIO) governed by an international board of directors with representation from developed and developing nations. The non-profit center focuses on increasing and sustaining food and agricultural productivity in developing countries through the development and transfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: TAAT Technology Transfer Officer
Tracking Code: 20120380
Location: Nigeria
Program: AfDB TAAT
Background
  • IFDC North and West Africa is seeking to recruit a dynamic and highly innovative Technology Transfer Officer for the implementation of its TAAT Soil Fertility Compact. A flagship initiative of the African Development Bank, the “Multinational – Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT)” program strives to radically transform African agriculture into a business by deploying new crop and livestock productivity-increasing technologies across Africa.
  • TAAT’s priority intervention areas are commodity/livestock value chains (rice, wheat, cassava, sorghum, millet, potato) as well as enablers that address cross cutting issues. IFDC provides leadership for the TAAT Soil Fertility Compact to deliver improved soil fertility technologies at scale for the targeted TAAT crops and livestock value chains.  The components of the TAAT Soil Fertility Compact are threefold:
    • Component 1: Facilitate a responsive private sector-led input delivery system to support the scaling up of agricultural inputs-based technologies.
    • Component 2: Facilitate access to finance and markets to catalyze a large-scale adoption of inputs-based technologies
    • Component 3: Upscale proven inputs-based technologies (e.g., FDP, MD, and Soil-SMaRT technologies) in cassava, maize, rice, sorghum, and millet value chains.
  • The TAAT Soil Fertility Technology Transfer Officer will be based at the IFDC office in Abuja, Nigeria. The successful candidate will work closely with the TAAT Soil Fertility Compact Coordinator and will actively contribute to the implementation of  the Upscaling of Agricultural Inputs-based Technologies for Accelerated Productivity Growth, Resilience and Improved Livelihoods in targeted countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Tanzania, Mali and Nigeria as well several satellite countries across the Continent. S/he will be supervised and report to the TAAT Soil Fertility Compact Coordinator.
Responsibilities
  • Oversee and manage all technology transfer-related activities.
  • Assist the TAAT Soil Fertility Compact Coordinator in the day-to-day management and implementation of Soil Fertility Compact activities in close collaboration with country value chain implementation teams to expand the scale and reach of the program.
  • Actively participate in the preparation of quarterly and annual consolidated technical reports for the Soil Fertility compact for onward submission on schedule to the PSC.
  • Assess and evaluate technologies to be disseminated.
  • Lead the implementation of technology transfer activities and annual work plans
  • Monitor implementation of activities with partners.
  • Responsible for ensuring the technical assistance/services provided by international and local experts are technically sound and appropriate.
  • Organize workshops/meetings etc. with partners/stakeholders as and when needed.
  • Organize meetings/seminars and conduct practical training courses on technology transfer mechanisms for partner scientists and extension workers.
  • Analyze, summarize and interpret data.
  • Establish and update documentation on technologies disseminated and feedback received
  • In the absence of the TAAT Soil Fertility Compact Coordinator, prepare and present the activities, results, impacts and outcomes of the Soil Fertility compact at professional, donor and other stakeholders’ meetings.
  • Undertake any other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the TAAT Soil Fertility Compact Coordinator to meet the objectives of the compact.
Required Skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken French or English, with a good working knowledge of the second language.
  • Demonstrated skills in effectively negotiating with host governments, regional institutions, donors, local organizations and partners.
  • Ability to write, publish, and disseminate technical reports, success stories, and other communication materials.
Position Requirements:
  • At least 10 years of experience successfully working in the implementation of complex, results-based, international development programs funded by AfDB or other international donors.
  • At least 7 years of prior professional experience in agricultural technologies transfer, agricultural extension services or closely related fields in West Africa is a must.
  • At least a Master’s degree in Agriculture, Soil Science or related field required.
  • Experience working with the public sector (decentralization), private sector and civil society.
  • Multiple country work experience is required.
General:
  • This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (RS) position for one (1) year, renewable based on the performance of the incumbent and continuing availability of funding.
Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply
Job Title: TAAT – Soil Fertility Compact Accountant
Tracking Code: 20120387
Location: Nigeria
Program: AfDB TAAT

Background
  • The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) is a public international organization (PIO) governed by an international board of directors with representation from developed and developing nations. The non-profit center focuses on increasing and sustaining food and agricultural productivity in developing countries through the development and transfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise. Our purpose is to build a world free of hunger and poverty.
  • IFDC North and West Africa is seeking to recruit a dynamic and highly innovative Accountant to support the implementation of its TAAT Soil Fertility Compact. A flagship initiative of the African Development Bank, the “Multinational – Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT)” program strives to radically transform African agriculture into a business by deploying new crop and livestock productivity-increasing technologies across Africa. TAAT’s priority intervention areas are commodity/livestock value chains (rice, wheat, cassava, sorghum, millet, potato) as well as enablers that address cross cutting issues. IFDC provides leadership for the TAAT Soil Fertility Compact to deliver improved soil fertility technologies at scale for the targeted TAAT crops and livestock value chains.  The components of the TAAT Soil Fertility Compact are threefold:
    • Component 1: Facilitate a responsive private sector-led input delivery system to support the scaling up of agricultural inputs-based technologies.
    • Component 2: Facilitate access to finance and markets to catalyze a large-scale adoption of inputs-based technologies
    • Component 3: Upscale proven inputs-based technologies (e.g., FDP, MD, and Soil-SMaRT technologies) in cassava, maize, rice, sorghum, and millet value chains.
  • The Accountant will be based at the IFDC office in Abuja, Nigeria. The successful candidate will work closely with the TAAT Soil Fertility Compact Coordinator and will manage the compact finances, produce timely financial reports, work with the TAAT Soil Fertility Compact Coordinator and the Technology Transfer Officer to prepare activities budgets, monitor compact’s expenses and ensure compliance with AfDB, IITA and IFDC rules and regulations and requirements for accounting, auditing and financial management. S/he will be supervised and report to the TAAT Soil Fertility Compact Coordinator.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Review and process requests for travel and activity advances and accurately reconcile advances upon completion of travel or activities.
  • Record daily Petty cash transactions into Accounting software.
  • Monitor expenditures against the project budget.
  • Lead preparation of the program’s financial reports (bank reconciliation, cash advance, etc.).
  • Verify and handle travel requests and travel expenses.
  • Follow up on timely expenses report submission by travellers.
  • Update and distribute individual cash advance statement to staff in the beginning of every month.
  • Maintain the filing system of all financial reports, field wire requests, bank reconciliations; field accounts review certifications and other finance documentation.
  • Use email, letters, and telephone to contact debtors and ensure retirement of all advances is within the timeframe.
  • Keep comprehensive database of all advances accounts holders in IFDC and make such available upon request.
  • Maintain inventory list and ensure it is updated regularly for all additions, deletions and changes in inventory
  • Ensure that physical verification of assets on a sample selection basis is conducted and a complete physically verified inventory is conducted and documented on a yearly basis.
  • Check and ensure that all vouchers are uploaded in the OneDrive.
  • Share the pay slips with staff by the end of every month.
  • Liaise with auditors (internal and external) and coordinate the compact’s audits.
  • Perform as needed other tasks assigned by the Value Chain Coordinator.
Required Skills
  • Must be highly skilled in dealing with financial and numeric data.
  • Must be highly skilled in use of Excel Spreadsheets as well as other accounting softwares.
  • Fluency in written and spoken French or English, with a good working knowledge of the second language.
Qualifications, experience
  • At Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, or a Bachelor’s degree in Business with emphasis in Accounting.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in accounting, ideally related to AfDB and/or other major international donor-funded programs.
  • Advanced proficiency with the use of MS Word, MS Excel, and QuickBooks
General:
  • This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (RS) position for one (1) year, renewable based on the performance of the incumbent and continuing availability of funding.
Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply
Application Deadline 27th April, 2018.
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