Senior Agronomist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)


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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: Senior Agronomist

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2021-0019
Location: Yola, Adamawa
Recruitment Type: National (1year renewable contract)

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

  • Facilitate partnerships with dissemination (extension) and market partners. Provide strategic support in a wide variety of areas including value chain development and upgrading strategies, improving access to agricultural inputs, access to agricultural extension, and marketing;
  • Oversee and coordinate all agronomical and technical field activities carried out by stakeholders (small holder farmers, communitybased seed producers, partner seed companies etc.) and provide necessary agronomical technical backstopping to them in the two target states (Adamawa and Borno);
  • Provide leadership in designing, planning and implementation of demonstrations of soil, crop and livestock management technologies in farming communities;
  • Provide necessary inputs into the Activity’s annual workplan (especially on Component 1) and prepare quarterly/annual workplan performance report;
  • Strengthen seed production systems for cereal and legume crops in Northeast Nigeria. Help to establish and strengthen communitybased seed multiplication and dissemination schemes of improved crop varieties;
  • Organise and lead capacity building activities for different stakeholders including extension agents, input dealers andother service providers;
  • Lead in the recommendations and dissemination of improved cropbased production systems in Adamawa and Borno states;
  • Compile, collate and prepare technical reports for component 1 of the Activity;
  • Perform any other jobrelated task as may be assigned by the Supervisor.

Qualifications



  • Master’s in Agronomy, Crop Science or related field;
  • With a minimum of fifteen (15) years experience in agricultural extension and new technology delivery functionsin wellstructured environment or donor funded organization.

Competencies
The ideal candidate must:

  • Facilitate partnerships with dissemination (extension) and market partners. Provide strategic support in a wide variety of areas including value chain development and upgrading strategies, improving access to agricultural inputs, access to agricultural extension, and marketing.
  • Oversee and coordinate all agronomical and technical field activities carried out by stakeholders (small holder farmers, communitybased seed producers, partner seed companies etc.) and provide necessary agronomical technical backstopping to them in the two target states (Adamawa and Borno).
  • Provide leadership in designing, planning and implementation of demonstrations of soil, cropand livestock management technologies in farming communities.
  • Provide necessary inputs into the Activity’s annual workplan (especially on Component 1) and prepare quarterly/annual workplan performance report.
  • Strengthen seed production systems for cereal and legume crops in Northeast Nigeria. Help to establish and strengthen communitybased seed multiplication and dissemination schemes of improved crop varieties.
  • Organise and lead capacity building activities for different stakeholders including extension agents, input dealers and other service providers.
  • Lead in the recommendations and dissemination of improved cropbased production systems in Adamawa and Borno states.
  • Compile, collate and prepare technical reports for component 1 of the Activity

Remuneration

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

Application Closing Date
2nd August, 2021.

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

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Important Information

  • Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format to IITA.
  • 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 note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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