• Yola, Adamawa State


  • Permanent

  • Full-time

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

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We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Position: Senior Agronomist

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2021-0019

Job Location: Yola, Adamawa

Recruitment Type: National (1-year renewable contract)

Duties

Successful candidates 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 co-ordinate all agronomical and technical field activities carried out by stakeholders (small holder farmers, community-based 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 community-based 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 crop-based production systems in Adamawa and Borno states;
  • Compile, collate and prepare technical reports for component 1 of the Activity;
  • Perform any other job-related 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 functions in a well-structured 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 co-ordinate all agronomical and technical field activities carried out by stakeholders (small holder farmers, community-based 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 community-based 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 crop-based 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.

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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