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The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a not-for-profit institution that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation. Working with various partners across sub-Saharan Africa, we improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity. IITA is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: International Trials Manager 

Ref: ITA-HR-NRS2019-004
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Contract: 2-year renewable contract

Duties

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

  • Contribute in designing, planning and implementing of cowpea network testing activities of the AVISA project;
  • Contribute to the development, data collection, curation, analysis and summary of all data from the network testing activities;
  • Implement cowpea field evaluations in Ibadan and surrounding areas;
  • Generate seed for Cowpea International Trials (CITs) and for the network testing of the AVISA project;
  • Work in close collaboration with Germplasm Heath Unit for the certification of seed produced for distribution;
  • Multiply cowpea breeder’s seed of released varieties or potential candidates for release.
  • Contribute to the organization of All Nigeria Cowpea Coordinated Trials that include the compilation of set of trials, their distribution and collection and analysis of data from multilocation testing;
  • Prepare reports of cowpea international trials activities
  • Contribute to the development and dissemination of training materials (flyers, newsletters, posters, training and extension manual etc;
  • Assist with publishing research output in peer reviewed international journals;
  • Supervise personnel working on cowpea breeding at IITA Ibadan;
  • Must be ready to travel extensively in the sub region;
  • Ensure that the cowpea seed store is well organized and managed;
  • Carry out any other tasks assigned by cowpea breeder.

Qualification

  • MSc in Agronomy, Plant Breeding, Crop Production or related discipline with minimum of five (5) years’ experience performing similar functions or related roles in a structured organization. Ability to communicate in the French language will be an advantage

Competencies
The ideal candidate must:

  • Have ability to demonstrate supervisory and management skills.
  • Have experience in conducting field trials and seed multiplication
  • Have passion and commitment for academic excellence.
  • Be capable to cope with heavy workloads extending beyond office hours and during weekends.
  • Have ability to innovate, quickly adapt and apply new methods.
  • Be familiar with statistical analytic tools.
  • Have ability to organize, analyse data and prepare excellent technical reports and publications.
  • Have very good leadership, interpersonal and communication skills (working knowledge of French is an added advantage.
  • is considered an advantage).
  • Have ability to work harmoniously in an interdisciplinary team.
  • team with international and multicultural backgrounds
  • Have good communication skills in English both writing and speaking’.

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


How to Apply

Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed cover letter and curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format, The application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include the applicant’s current or previous direct Supervisor, professional colleague and evidence of current remuneration package.

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Job Title: Research Associate

Ref:IITA-HR-NRS2019-004
Location: Kano
Contract: National (2-year renewable contract)

Duties

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

  • Assist cowpea breeder in planning and implementing laboratory, screen house and field experiments;
  • Supervise field research activities across all agro-ecologies relevant to cowpea production, breeding operations including field preparation and layout, fertilizer application, planting, weed and pest controls, data collection and harvesting;
  • Visit all testing sites as required for effective supervision of trial and nursery management;
  • Plan and ensure procurement of inputs for laboratory, screen house and field trials for all testing sites, hire and pay casual labor for various field operations;
  • Supervise handling of germplasm in the breeding nurseries including planting, hand-pollinations ad data collection;
  • Assist scientists in keeeping pedigree records of breeding materials in various nurseries;
  • Supervise seed multiplication of advanced lines, released varieties and candiates lines for release;
  • Supervise junior staff, universities, polytechnic and college of agriculture students on Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES), NYSC members and assist in appraising their performances at the end of the year;
  • Assist in collating data, running statistical analysis, conduct literature search and prepare reports;
  • Assist graduate students on their research projects as required;
  • Assist scients to maintain strict control of budget expenditures and casual labor employment;
  • Perform all other related duties that may be assigned from time to time by the supervisor.

Qualification

  • M.Sc in Agronomy, Plant Breeding, Crop Production or related discipline with minimum of five (5) years’ experience performing similar functions or related roles in a structured organization.

Competencies:
The ideal candidate must:

  • Possess good computer skills in MS-Office and strong knowledge in experimental design and statistical analysis;
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills in English (working knowledge of French considered as an advantage).
  • Be well organized, able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, follow protocols/instructions, troubleshoot and train subordinates.
  • Be experienced in working with farmers and extension agents would be considered as an advantage.

Remuneration

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

Method of Application 
Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed cover letter and curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format, The application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include the applicant’s current or previous direct Supervisor, professional colleague and evidence of current remuneration package.

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Job Title: Research Technician II

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-004
Location: Ibadan, Oyo and Kano
Contract: 2-year renewable contract
Slot: 2 Openings

Duties
Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

  • Assist in planning and planning and establishment of laboratory, screen house and field trials and data collection;
  • Assist in post-harvest data management and analysis;
  • Partiticipate in any training program for visiting students and appraisal exercise for technicians;
  • Suprvise subordinate staff and students on Students industrial work experience scheme (SIWES);
  • Carry out assignments of ad-hoc nature as may be delegated by the supervisor.
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Qualification

  • OND in Crop Production, General Agriculture or related discipline with minimum of three (3) years’ experience performing similar functions or related roles in a structured organization.

Competencies
The ideal candidate must have:

  • Good computer skills in MS-office and xxcknowledge in experimental design and statistical analysis.
  • Basic knowledge of crop management operations especially in seed production farms;
  • Good time management skills;
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks and work pressure;
  • Good interpersonal relationships with other colleagues.

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


How to Apply

Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed cover letter and curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format, The application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include the applicant’s current or previous direct Supervisor, professional colleague and evidence of current remuneration package.

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Job Title: Field Worker II

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-004
Location: Kano
Contract: National (2-year renewable contract)
Slot: 2 Openings

Duties
Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

  • Carryout cleaning/sorting of planting materials for Laboratory, Screen house and field trials;
  • Perform suggested/planned crosses for the development of cultivars
  • Involve in field layouts, ensure timely planting and harvesting of experimental materials;
  • Involve in plant sampling for laboratory analyses;
  • Assist in collecting data on laboratory, screen house and field trials;
  • Assist in entering data into computer from electronic field book and other sources for analyses;
  • Participate in arranging training for farmers;
  • Ensure cleanliness and orderliness of glass/screenhouse working environments;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Qualification

  • O’level with minimum of two (2) years’ experience performing similar or related roles.

Competencies:
The ideal candidate must:

  • Have ability to understand and act on instruction.
  • Have good time management skills.
  • Be ready to work long hours when the needs arise.
  • Have ability to perform multiple task and work under pressure.

Remuneration

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

Method of Application 
Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed cover letter and curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format, The application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include the applicant’s current or previous direct Supervisor, professional colleague and evidence of current remuneration package.

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Deadline: 13th February, 2019.

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