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Technical Field Officer at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

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: Technical Field Officer

Ref No: STS2022-010
Location: Biu, Borno
Recruitment Type: STS – National (6-months renewable contract)
Duration: 5 months

Duties

  • Contribute to capacity building of agro-input dealers and Agrochemical companies, extension agents, volunteer extension facilitators, partner seed companies and community-based seed producers.
  • In consultation with the senior agronomist, will be responsible for advising on the technical aspects of the agricultural activities including mechanization.
  • Supervise extension agents in providing necessary extension and advisory services to networked farmers.
  • Link smallholder farmers to agro-input dealers, aggregators, processors, and markets.
  • Work closely with all relevant activity staff to support all aspects of field implementation.
  • Perform any other job-related task as may be assigned by the Supervisor.

Qualifications

  • B.Sc / HND in Plant or Crop Science, Agriculture, Agriculture Extension and Rural Sociology or related field with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience performing similar or related role in a well-structured organization.

Competencies:
The ideal candidate must:

  • Have good knowledge of field operations and evaluation as well as data collection and analysis.
  • Have ability to communicate fluently (orally and in writing) in English, Hausa and one or more of Northern Nigeria’s major languages.
  • Have ability to travel into rural communities and impart knowledge to smallholder farmers.
  • Be proficient in the use of computers, have working knowledge of Microsoft tools, internet-based tools, and other electronic communication tools.
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented multicultural environment.
  • Have ability to deliver accurate and timely reports.
  • Be able to work with minimum supervision and with tight deadlines.

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

Deadline: 29th June, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • 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.
  • IITA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse workforce, particularly welcoming applications from women. While all applications will be acknowledged, please.

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