Job Openings at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

  • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, on behalf of HarvestPlus, seeks suitable Nigerian for the position below at its country office in Ibadan:

    SME Technical Support Officer

    • Job TypeFull Time  
    • QualificationBA/BSc/HND  
    • Experience
      3 years
    • Location
    • Job Field
      Engineering / Technical  
      ICT / Computer  

    Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2020-006


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

    Value Chain Engineering:

    • Work with investors in the biofortified food value chain to set-up small, micro and medium scale processing factories and guide construction sites, technical designs and drawings for effectiveness
    • Work with value chain operators to understand and implement guidelines for the set of processing centers as required by government regulatory agencies (NAFDAC, SON, etc.) to ensure compliance with environmental and public health, food hygiene and safety standards, etc.
    • Prepare reports, sketches, work drawings, specifications, proposals, and budgets to support investors on different scales, sites, and systems
    • Work with investors to monitor construction activities and provide reports on observations made relating to environmental problems identified at construction sites etc.
    • Materials Support the design and establishment of factory structures to facilitate easy flow and safety of and persons
    • Provide advice and guidance for design interpretation and make modifications as necessary during the construction phase for complex structures at processing sites
    • Design guidelines for machinery and equipment component, using computer-aided design technology
    • Liaise with fabricators to ensure standards for agricultural machinery and equipment.
    • Work with communication team to publish investors guide for equipment sourcing and set-up
    • Develop and share catalog on standards for SMEs in gari, fufu, flour processing
    • Carry out periodic visits to SMEs to monitor progress and ensure standards for food and health safety are adhered to

    Value Chain Linkage and Information Technology:

    • Develop and deploy data collection app (s) to improve market intelligence and linkage with emphasis on digital marketing using the BiofortStat
    • Regularly source and upload market prices, products, services on BiofortStat to drive/stimulate demand and supply of biofortified crops and foods
    • Design user-friendly testable websites from layout to function with clear navigation and an option to expand and scale when required
    • Identify and deploy web services that would improve efficiency, data submission, support research and facilitate innovation across SMEs
    • Provide a comprehensive system design to streamline work processes, address information deficiencies and gaps, and facilitate knowledge exchange and management for SMEs
    • Support M&E and other units with ICT tools for field surveys and researches
    • Review service-related reports (database backups, maintenance, monitoring) regularly to ensure service-related issues are identified and resolved
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the Country Manager.’


    • B.Sc / HND in Civil Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Computer Science or related field with minimum of three (3) years’ experience performing similar role.
    • Membership of relevant professional bodies (COREN, NSE) and possession of relevant professional certificates in Information Communication Technology (ICT) or Structural engineering will be an added advantage.


    • Expert use of AutoCAD, Civil 3D, etc. Microsoft Office Applications – Word, PowerPoint, Outlook applications; Cloud data storage tools – GoogleDrive, DropBox, OneDrive.
    • Good skills in reading and interpreting engineering drawings
    • Good skills in writing, editing, and proofreading, concept and construction/equipment designs
    • Excellent quantitative skills, including advanced proficiency in the use of Microsoft Excel, and at least one statistical data analysis software
    • Ability to effectively convey program goals, enlist partnerships, and work with a range of internal and external stakeholders
    • High degree of motivation, initiative, independence, reliability, adaptability, and professional maturity
    • Highly developed conceptual, analytical, and innovative problem-solving ability
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


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

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    Program Manager, Commercialization of Biofortified Crops

    • Job TypeFull Time  
    • QualificationMBA/MSc/MA  
    • Experience
      4 years
    • Location
    • Job Field
      Sales / Marketing / Retail / Business Development  

    Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2020-006

    Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

    • Supply and demand stimulation for biofortified seeds and processed foods  
    • Identify and engage promising SMEs with high willingness to invest in the biofortified seed sector, with focus on credible farmer associations / groups and aggregators
    • Identify and strengthen capacities of SMEs in processing and value addition to become primary off-takers of vitamin A cassava and maize  
    • Work with breeders and seed producers to identify and deploy best seed varieties for multiplication and production by location  
    • Facilitate the establishment and strengthening of seed sales outlets to ensure increased farmer access to biofortified seeds  
    • Work with relevant regulatory agencies to ensure quality control of processed products to engender consumer trust and ensure repeated purchased by consumers
    • Work with relevant teams to map existing and new product distribution outlets and link information to aggregator and distributor networks
    • Define and analyze systems that are of major importance in developing the markets for biofortified seeds, crops and foods
    • Identify and engage already tested and committed extension agents / systems to address capacity gaps among seed producers and aggregator networks
    • Evaluate in detail all existing assessments and literature on consumer demand for gari and fufu in the chosen geography to determine more context-specific opportunities to strengthen demand
    • Support the identification and hiring of a mix of creative agencies to design and implement campaigns building on opportunities already identified and if necessary, from new insight generation activities
    • Support the development of a strategy / plan for managing communications to counter public (and government) perceptions of linkages to GM crops   
    • Convene / attend events to announce and publicize the partnership and the project and host focus group discussions to review and understand consumers’ perceptions of campaigns
    • Strengthen the Nutritious Food Platform as a Biofortification Alliance to further develop and refine an approach to consumer engagement and awareness-raising
    • Monitor biofortified crops and food value chains to identify market failures and pressure points, and ways to make the chain more functional and efficient
    • Carry out regular assessment of biofortified crops and foods value chain including market development opportunities, market prices, demand and supply interactions
    • Work with the MELA Specialist to design and implement a robust data collection plan covering all value chain activities and actors including monitoring of market price, product quality, demand and supply linkages and differentials   
    • Work with the MELA Officer to regularly review scope and targets for operational planning in alignment with the program Theory of Change (ToC), monitoring framework, results from pathway and indicators
    • Participate in results measurements including baseline studies, periodic evaluative studies and impact assessments  

    Advocacy and policy engagement:

    • Define policy constraints that hinder the commercialization of VAC and VAM building on assessment reports
    • Map and engage key influencers within government (executive and legislative, national ad state) and key government officials in the key ministries (FMARD, FMITI, Health, and Finance)
    • Convene / attend events to announce the partnership and the project to key stakeholders and set out the policy influencing agenda
    • Create and implement the plan for engagement with influencers including key messages to help build a coherent narrative around VAC and VAM across all of government policy areas

    Catalytic financing for seed and processed food SMEs:

    • Identify companies (input supply and processing) in the growth phase and carry out indepth financing needs assessment to understand and characterize their key constraints  
    • Develop a tailored business support / accelerator package to support a priority set of these businesses for investor readiness
    • Connect promising companies to facilitate B2B linkages for the supply of inputs, processing, and offtake to build the case for repayable finance (through the Biofortification Alliance engine)
    • Support suitable companies to pitch to the Nutritious Foods Financing Facility or similar blended options focused on nutritious and safe foods
    • Perform other duties assigned by the Country Manager


    • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Procurement and Supply Shain Management, Marketing, Agriculture or related discipline with minimum of four (4) years’ work experience in activities related to agricultural commodities and rural development


    • Proven knowledge of agricultural value chain players (especially cassava and maize) and support service institutions in Nigeria
    • Understanding and interest in how markets and value chains work
    • Strong project management expertise, exposure to implementing technical assistance projects, and ability to bring together sector stakeholders
    • High degree of motivation, initiative, independence, reliability, adaptability, and professional maturity
    • Strong commitment to gender-sensitive, pro-poor development work and an ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and multi-national team
    • Strong interpersona l /people management skills and excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Excellent problem solving, analytical skills, networking, and relationship-building skills
    • Working experience with DFID, BMGF, and USAID funded programs
    • Experience in working in Northern Nigeria and fluency in the Hausa language is added advantage.

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

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.

    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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