International Institute of Tropical Agriculture Recruitment (3 Positions)

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is one of the world’s leading research partners in finding solutions for hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. Its award-winning research-for-development (R4D) approach addresses the development needs of tropical countries. IITA works with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture. IITA is a non-profit organization founded in 1967 in Nigeria and governed by a Board of Trustees. IITA works on the following crops: cowpea, soybean, banana/plantain, yam, cassava, and maize. It is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future.

We are recruiting to fill the following positions below in Abuja and Oyo State:

1. Postdoctoral Fellow, Cassava Molecular Breeder

Position Responsibilities 
The Postdoctoral Fellow will undertake the following tasks:
  • Develop improved cassava lines by working at the interphase between field breeding, genomic selection and marker assisted selection.
  • Implement multi-environment field trials to evaluate performance of new populations and make advancement decisions to support the breeding pipeline.
  • Carry out routine single and multi-environment mixed-model analysis of field trial data.
  • Carry out population genetic analyses to describe germplasm collections using genome-wide SNP markers.
  • Participate in capacity development activities within IITA and with partners.
  • Supervise and manage national staff and graduate students as needed.
  • Participate in resource mobilization with cassava research teams.
  • Publish research findings in peer reviewed journals.
  • Stay current on relevant technical advances.
Educational Qualifications
  • The candidate should have a Ph.D in Plant or Animal Breeding or Agronomy.

Core Competencies:

  • Strong background in breeding, quantitative genetics, statistics, and molecular technologies.
  • Highly self-motivated, detail-oriented, and innovative.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Good project management skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with statistical programming in R.
  • Strong record of innovation and process improvement in breeding.
  • Strong understanding of management and utilization
Remuneration

The contract will be for an initial period of two years with possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding. IITA offers internationally competitive remuneration package paid in U.S. Dollars.

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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2. Postdoctoral Fellow, Cassava Breeder

Educational Qualifications
  • The candidate should have a Ph. D in Plant or Animal Breeding or Agronomy.

Core Competencies:

  • Strong background in breeding, quantitative genetics, statistics, and molecular technologies.
  • Highly self-motivated, detail-oriented, and innovative.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Good project management skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with statistical programming in R.
  • Strong record of innovation and process improvement in breeding.
  • Strong understanding of management and utilization of large data sets.
  • Experience working in a multicultural environment.
  • Ability to communicate in both English and French is desirable.
General Information
  • The contract will be for an initial period of two years with possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding. IITA offers internationally competitive remuneration package paid in U.S. Dollars.


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.

Click here to apply online

Click here for more information (PDF)

3. Communication and Capacity Development Officer

Qualifications
  • B.Sc/HND in Mass Communication or related field with minimum of three (3) years’ experience performing same or related role.

Competencies:

  • Proficient in English language.
  • Strong inter-personal/cultural & communication skill.
Duties
Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:
  • Develop communication strategy and plan for the project;
  • Develop and design IEC materials to different targeted audience of the project;
  • Work with local media to create awareness on the nutritional benefits of homestead kitchen gardens;
  • Produce video teaching aid on the selected crop planting and processing for beneficiaries’ use;
  • Work with Agricultural and IYCF counsellors to facilitate training of beneficiaries on the production and processing of the selected nutritious foods in the kitchen gardens;
  • Train the WINNN project IYCF support group members and recovered SAM mothers/care givers to use OFSP and other selected nutritious crops to process bioavailable nutritious foods for improved nutrition and livelihoods;
  • Create awareness, sensitize and educate communities and the beneficiary groups on OFSP and nutritious foods in the two selected states;
  • Create demand, identify and link markets for OFSP in the two selected states for improved livelihoods of the beneficiaries;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.
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.

Click here to apply online

Click here for more information (PDF)

Application Deadline

3rd November, 2018.

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