International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Graduate Entry Recruitment

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, IITA improves 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 secure food future.

(IITA) are recruiting to fill the positions below:

 

Job Title: Administrative Officer

Ref. No: IITA-HR-NRS2020-015
Location: Kano
Recruitment Type: National (2-years renewable contract)

Job Description

  • Oversee the financial operations of the project at the state level to ensure timely and accurate delivery of a monthly financial report to the Project Administrator
  • Assist in managing the fund and ensure compliance with an allocation of fund advances and utilization
  • Prepare meeting notes for all project and related meetings at the state level.
  • Develop training modules and provide training support roles on financial literacy and book-keeping
  • Assist in managing budget and expenditure concerning the project implementation and budget plan
  • Assist in keeping and providing necessary support document in compliance with the project budget document
  • Oversee project procurement management and monitor progress at the state level
  • Manage activities concerning resources, materials, and equipment in adherence to the approved procurement plan
  • Coordinate project management activities concerning resources, materials, and equipment in adherence to the approved budget document
  • Manage logistics of state-level meetings and internal training etc.
  • Undertake any other duties that shall be assigned by the manager

Qualification

  • BSc / HND Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, or related discipline with a minimum of three (3) years’ relevant experience performing a similar role.
Competencies

The ideal candidate must:

  • Be computer literate with excellent working knowledge of computer-based control systems, shared network drives, and excel packages
  • Have experience in working with youths and should be able to link them to the private sector and finance partners for financial and enterprise development support.
  • Be proficient in the use of MS office packages.
  • Have a good team working skills and must be able to share all relevant information with colleagues and users pro-actively at the right time.
  • Have good manners in showing flexibility, respect, friendliness, and cooperation.
  • Show the ability for efficient and harmonious team leadership.
  • Have a pleasant personality and interpersonal relationship as well as excellent communication skills.
  • Be able to communicate in the Hausa language.

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Job Title: Information and Communication Technology Officer

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2020-015
Location: Abuja
Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)

Job Description

  • Plan, design, and develop an E-Learning platform with all functioning modules (registration, learning platform).
  • Basic IT troubleshooting, and knowledge with technical diagnoses, implements corrective action procedures within prescribed guidelines, and escalate to other technical resources as appropriate.
  • Liaise with the assistant training coordinator and state training officers about inputs for eLearning, also train resource persons on best practices of eLearning.
  • Provide and respond to inquiries/complaints and technical support to users when and where necessary.
  • Documentation and delivery where required inductions and basic training in the use of the eLearning platform and other related services provided.
  • Information technology technical support of corporate computer-based applications, install, maintain, and complete backups of the Project data and files.
  • Check and review content from resource persons notifying for correction before uploading learning materials and resources per course to the eLearning platform.
  • Monitor virtual classrooms and manage user’s subscription to the platform
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Qualification

  • BSc / HND in Computer Science, Statistics, or other related courses or related discipline with a minimum of five (5) years’ similar experience performing an important role. Knowledge and experience in eLearning design will be an added advantage.
Competencies:

The ideal candidate must:

  • Be a proficient user of computer software packages related to database management and data analysis.
  • Have experience with quantitative/qualitative analytical techniques.
  • Have secure oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Have strong coordination, organizational and analytical skills.
  • Have secure experience in writing reports.
  • Have intercultural communication skills.
  • Ability to use basic packages such as Excel, PPT and other statistical packages

 

Job Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2020-015
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Contract: 2-year renewable contract

Job Description

  • Monitor progress of project activities identify successes and constraints of implementation and prepare progress reports.
  • Conduct field monitoring and validation.
  • Develop a monitoring and evaluation system operational framework/plan in consultation with the Project Director and Head of M&E.
  • Update project result framework and log frame in consultation with the Project Director and Head of M&E.
  • Design and manage monitoring and evaluation systems for the YAW project, including monitoring the plans and managing the implementation.
  • Design, develop and revise electronic data collection and monitoring and evaluation processes, tools, and methods.
  • Manage databases and use SPSS / STATA for analysis of information to assess the progress of the project.
  • Facilitate the planning and preparation of annual work plans with a focus on targets.
  • Facilitate the submission of updated annual and quarterly targets of the projects.
  • Coordinate the preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual progress reports.
  • Support the Project Director and Head of the M&E Unit in preparing different types of reports and documents as required.
  • Carryout out facilitating mid-term and end of term project review
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Program Evaluation, Agricultural Economics, Social Sciences, Statistics, Development Studies, or related field with five (5) years’ experience or B.Sc / HND in Program Evaluation, Agricultural Economics, Social Sciences, Statistics, Development Studies, or agriculture-related field is performing a similar role.
Competencies

The ideal candidate must:

  • Be a proficient user of computer software packages related to database management and data analysis.
  • Have the ability to use basic packages such as Excel, PPT, and other statistical packages.
  • Have secure experience working with the theory of change, logical framework design, performance indicator selection, and results-based planning approaches.
  • Have secure experience developing web-based M&E systems.
  • Have experience working with scientists and conducting household surveys and impact evaluation studies
  • Have a secure experience using ONA/ODK for data collection.
  • Have experience with quantitative/qualitative analytical techniques.
  • Have secure oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Have strong coordination, organizational, and strong analytical skills.
  • Have secure experience in writing reports and intercultural communication skills.
  • The ideal candidate is a proficient user of computer software packages related to database management and data analysis.
  • Ability to use basic packages such as Excel, PPT, and other statistical packages.

 

Job Title: Business Development Officer

Ref. No: Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2020-015
Location: Abuja
Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)

Job Description

  • Lead the development of training content and tools for agribusiness management and coordinate their delivery through the state coordinators and training officers in three states in Nigeria.
  • Conduct geographical agribusiness value chain analysis for the project’s target value chains and work with the state coordinators to identify business opportunities for entrepreneurial-track youth to develop business models.
  • Lead the efforts of the state coordinators in guiding entrepreneurial-track youth to develop and implement fund-worthy business plans
  • Lead all efforts directed towards attracting funding for young agripreneurs, work with credit institutions to design youth-sensitive financing instruments for business start-up and expansion.
  • Coordinate the day to day management of pilot learning enterprises through the state coordinators in three states in Nigeria, ensuring the effectiveness of the learning experience they are to provide.
  • Coordinate the efforts of identified project partners in providing mentorship, business support, and advisory service to young entrepreneurs. Ensure compliance of partners with all deliverables.
  • Assist in the development of a bankable business plan and recommendations for funding linkages.
  • Develop and nurture a network business partnership with private sector companies and associations that entrepreneurial-track youth can leverage on to grow and improve their businesses. Maintain an updated database of these partners
  • Provide monitoring of the businesses established and identify challenges to be addressed/provide the required advice.
  • Provide technical support to the trainees and assist them while they are starting their business and ensure a smooth transaction takes off.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications

  • BSc/HND in Economics, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, or related discipline with a minimum of five (5) years’ relevant experience performing a similar role.
Competencies:

The ideal candidate must:

  • Show ability and secure experience in the development of viable business plans
  • Be computer literate with excellent working knowledge of computer-based control systems, shared network drives, and excel packages.
  • Have practical experience in agribusiness, business management especially working with youths
  • Have a good understanding of marketing linkages and strategies in agribusiness
  • Have excellent communication and supervisory skills.
  • Show the ability for efficient and harmonious team leadership.
  • Be able to mentor budding entrepreneurs to build relevant entrepreneurial skills.
  • Be able to link youths to private sector and finance partners for financial and enterprise development support.
  • Have a good understanding of the Nigerian financial system for entrepreneurs
  • Have experience working with private sector agribusiness partners.

 

Job Title: STEP Training Officer

Ref. No: IITA-HR-NRS2020-015
Location: Abuja
Recruitment Type: National (2-years renewable contract)

Job Description

  • Develop Selection Criteria for Schools, Students, and Volunteers and participate in the selection process
  • Research, develop, Update (Revise) Curriculums and other training materials for the three approaches, which includes the establishment of club, coursework and pilot enterprises
  • Plan and Organize training facilitation in collaboration with the state Administrators which provides for logistics, training of trainers, school teachers, volunteers and all processes that involve smooth running of training programs
  • Monitor all training programs to ensure all training programs offer full delivery of the program’s goals and objectives. Assist the M and E officer in carrying out routine Monitoring and Evaluation procedures especially on training feedbacks
  • Document training activities through the timely submission of training reports, training database updates, etc.
  • Follow-up and mentorship security for students with Start-up enterprises
  • Secure and sustain partnerships with donors, government agencies, schools, CSR teams and other partners aligning with STEP, etc.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Qualification

  • BSc/HND in Agriculture, Agribusiness, or related discipline with a minimum of three (3) years’ relevant experience performing a similar role.
Competencies

The ideal candidate must:

  • Be computer literate with excellent working knowledge of computer-based control systems, shared network drives, and maintaining a database of trainers and training activities.
  • Have excellent communication and supervisory skills
  • Have demonstrated the ability to provide ongoing mentorship in entrepreneurship to young students and provide support to entrepreneurship program in the different agricultural value chains for the project
  • Have experience in organizing and coordinating training programs and activities
  • Have experience in supporting training in vocational agriculture and liaising with numerous secondary schools to demonstrate and promote Agribusiness opportunities for youth
  • Have experience in curriculum development including defining specific knowledge and practical skill sets
  • Have been previously involved in the training of trainers in Agriculture or related field
  • Exhibit good network and partnership skills with local training sites and training providers as well as coordinate their efforts.
Remuneration

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

How to Apply

Interested applicant should forward their Applications include 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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For more information visit IITA Official Website

Application Deadline, 29th June 2020.

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