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Date Posted: 04/Dec/2013
Deadline: 31/Dec/2013
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Country Coordinator, N2Africa, Nigeria (DDG-R4D/N2A/CCN/12/13)

Background: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the position of Country Coordinator, N2Africa Nigeria.

IITA is an international non-profit agricultural research-for-development (R4D) organization established in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and a member of the CGIAR Consortium. Our R4D approach is anchored on the development needs of tropical nations. We work with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture. We have more than 100 internationally recruited scientists from about 35 countries and 900 nationally recruited staff based in various stations across Africa. Please visit http://www.iita.org/ for more information on IITA.

The Putting Nitrogen Fixation to Work for Smallholder Farmers in Africa (http://www.n2africa.org) Project is led by Wageningen University, the Netherlands. The project will deploy state-of-the-art legume and rhizobial inoculant technologies to African smallholder farmers to enhance inputs of free atmospheric nitrogen by biological nitrogen fixation, thereby improving legume productivity, human nutrition and farm income, while enhancing soil health. In its second phase, the project will put a major emphasis on (i) institutionalizing N2Africa technologies, approaches, and expertise and (ii) fostering sustainability of the various components addressed by N2Africa, including seed, inoculant, and fertilizer supply chains, access to profitable legume markets, and knowledge transfer. The project will primarily work in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia (with a limited range of activities in DR Congo, Rwanda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Mozambique).

IITA seeks a qualified Country Coordinator Nigeria to lead the implementation of N2Africa activities in Tanzania. The Country Coordinator will assemble all project partners towards the development of mutually agreed upon work plans, monitor their implementation, ensure technical and financial reporting is completed in line with project requirements, and facilitate partnerships with the science and development community towards delivery of N2Africa products at scale. Because of the ‘federal’ organization of the second phase of the project, Country Coordinators need to be creative in ensuring that the project works effectively within their country whilst maintaining standard protocols to allow cross-comparison across countries.

The successful candidate will report to the R4D Director on Natural Resource Management and the R4D Director for West Africa.

More specifically the Country Coordinator will:

  • Lead the implementation of all project activities
  • Constitute in-country teams with the required expertise for specific action plans
  • Facilitate partnerships with dissemination and market partners
  • Lead technical and financial reporting to the project leadership
  • Oversee the science of N2Africa within the country
  • Represent N2Africa within the country to various stakeholder groups
  • Engage with the M&E specialist to ensure that M&E tools are administered in a timely manner
  • Engage with the Senior Business Development Officer to explore opportunities for partnerships for developing input and output market for the target legumes
  • Participate in and/or organize technical meetings, conference calls and consultations of experts from stakeholder and partner organizations as required in liaison with the Project Coordinator as required.
  • Facilitate the institutionalization of N2Africa into a national system
  • (Co)-supervise of MSc and PhD projects.

Educational Qualifications

The applicant will have a PhD in agronomy, soil microbiology, or a related field and have demonstrated expertise (at least 5 years) in research for/or development within African smallholder farming systems.

Core Competencies:

  • Proven expertise with facilitating networks of partners across the research to development continuum.
  • Excellent knowledge of legume agronomy and the role legumes play in relation to rural livelihoods.
  • Excellent knowledge of the essential components and bottlenecks in legume input supply and output market value chains.
  • Ability to manage own workload without close supervision and work independently, making decisions and solving problems on routine and complex problems.
  • Ability to work effectively in a dynamic team environment, in a flexible office environment with periods of high pressure activity.
  • Team player with personality traits that enable him/her to motivate and communicate with all levels of the professional and support staff.
  • Reputation of integrity, high intelligence, creativity and the ability to exercise good judgment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to establish rapport and credibility with people at all organizational levels, forming strong relationships, both internally and externally.
  • Committed to transparency and continuous improvement in a cooperative atmosphere of constructive evaluation and learning.
  • Willingness to travel extensively.
  • Excellent spoken and written English.

Duty station: Kano, Nigeria

General information: Initial appointment is for two years. IITA offers a competitive remuneration package paid in US dollars.  

Applications: Applications which must include covering letter, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three referees should be addressed to the Head, Human Resources Service. Please complete our online application form using this link: http://www.iita.org/irs-online-application

Closing Date: 31 December 2013

IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women candidates.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

 

 

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Organizational Development Manager (2-year renewable contract)

IITA is an international non-profit agricultural research-for-development (R4D) organization established in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and a member of the CGIAR Consortium. Our R4D approach is anchored on the development needs of tropical nations. We work with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture. We have more than 100 internationally recruited scientists from about 35 countries and 900 nationally recruited staff based in various stations across Africa. Please visit http://www.iita.org/ for more information on IITA

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture seeks suitable candidates for the positions below at the Institute’s Headquarters in Ibadan.

Duties

Successful candidate will:

  • Monitor and evaluate the implementation of the 10-year HR strategy.
  • Perform advanced, specialized duties in organizational development Responsible for providing high-level advisory support in the administration of human resources program.
  • Develop and administers various human resources plans and procedures for NRS. Evaluates reports, recommends new approaches, policies, and procedures to effect continual improvements in efficiency of services performed.
  • Assist in the planning and organizing of assigned program or section area.  Prepare and maintain special internal and external reports as requested by immediate supervisor.  
  • Assist with developing, coordinating and recommending changes for the improvement of workflow in HR.
  • Identify/incorporate best practices and lessons learned into program plans.
  • Provide a broad range of HR consultative services to all levels of NRS.
  • Facilitate HR learning sessions for all NRS.
  • Design and develop HR training programs for management and staff in coordination with the Training unit. Develop and maintain instructional programs.
  • Make assessments of effectiveness of training in terms of staff accomplishments and performance.
  • Train staff on Human Resources issues and practices. Presents course materials.
  • Support the development of technical documents, abstracts, presentations, and other reports documenting the achievements, lessons learned, and other findings related to the teambuilding activities
  • Assist with the provision of expert facilitation and coaching to supervisors and managers regarding OD methods and tools
  • Provide guidance and leadership to team regarding strategies for improving workforce effectiveness, retention, development and growth
  • Provide an effective learning intervention strategies on organizational effectiveness

Qualification and Experience

  • Minimum of Masters Degree in Human Resources Management (HR).
  • Associate membership of CIPM compulsory.
  • At least 8 years relevant working experience in relevant management experience in Organisation Development and Training background essential.
  • Working experience in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams and environments desirable.
  • Candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills; display maturity and interpersonal skills, be patience and have high stress tolerance.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers, quick at analyzing issues and proffering quality solution and be able to handle confidential issues.

Remuneration:

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

Method of application:

Interested applicants should forward their applications with detailed curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format to IITA website no later than Two Weeks from the date of this publication. The application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include either the Head of applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor/Superior officer at work and evidence of current remuneration package.

Please complete our online application form using this link: http://www.iita.org/nrs-online-application.

IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from female candidates.

 

Digital Librarian (2-year renewable contract)

The Knowledge Center (KC) seeks to become the manager of IITA institutional repositories. To achieve this goal, the KC must develop and support the development of digital collections repository, providing curation and access to a wide range of digital content and media through both custom interfaces and through existing discovery systems. The KC will also support data management and curation for researchers in collaboration with IT.

The Digital Librarian’s role is to establish and manage the Knowledge Center information repositories. This includes ensuring that the storing, archiving, and taxonomical layout of information resources are consistent across and throughout the organization. The Digital Librarian is also responsible for developing and implementing search and retrieval processes, as well establishing a plan to preserve digital data and information. The Digital Librarian's duties include setting up asset catalogs, organizing collections of material, creating and maintaining relationships between assets, creating and enforcing naming taxonomies and metadata schema, tagging files with relevant and accurate metadata.

Duties

Successful candidate will:

  • Working closely with researchers to advice on policies, standards and workflows for acquisition, description, and preservation of digital collections including text, images, audio, video and research data.
  • Participating in the design and development of services to support preservation of and access to digitized and born-digital content.
  • Developing architecture for managing and integrating heterogeneous metadata to facilitate interoperable discovery across systems.
  • Assessing the requirements for the new data sets to add to digital repositories, identifying and assessing potential data sources and working with data owners to add data incrementally to digital repositories.
  • Working with domain experts to understand the structure and relationships of data sets, and design a representative ontology.
  • Develop a comprehensive taxonomy for organizing information resources based on research and business goals and requirements from stakeholders.

Qualification and Experience

  • Masters degree in library/information science from an accredited institution.
  • Five years of academic or research library/information experience.
  • Experience with information repositories, digital preservation, indexing systems, taxonomy, metadata, and data curation, and developing standards.
  • Understanding of collaborative online tools is required
  • Candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills; display maturity and interpersonal skills, be patient and have high stress tolerance.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers and quick at analyzing issues

Remuneration:

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

Method of application:

Interested applicants should forward their applications with detailed curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format to IITA website no later than Two Weeks from the date of this publication. The application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include either the Head of applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor/Superior officer at work and evidence of current remuneration package.

Deadline: 19th December 2013

Please complete our online application form using this link: http://www.iita.org/nrs-online-application.

IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from female candidate

 

 

Senior Business Development Officer, N2Africa (DDG-R4D/N2A/SBDO/12/13)

Background: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the position of Senior Business Development Officer (BDO), N2Africa.

IITA is an international non-profit agricultural research-for-development (R4D) organization established in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and a member of the CGIAR Consortium. Our R4D approach is anchored on the development needs of tropical nations. We work with partners in the public and private sectors to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture. We have more than 100 internationally recruited scientists from about 35 countries and 900 nationally recruited staff based in various stations across Africa. Please visit http://www.iita.org/ for more information on IITA.

The Putting Nitrogen Fixation to Work for Smallholder Farmers in Africa (http://www.n2africa.org) Project is led by Wageningen University, the Netherlands. The project aims to deploy state-of-the-art legume and rhizobial inoculant technologies to African smallholder farmers to enhance inputs of free atmospheric nitrogen by biological nitrogen fixation, thereby improving legume productivity, human nutrition and farm income, while enhancing soil health. In its second phase, the project will put a major emphasis on (i) institutionalizing N2Africa technologies, approaches, and expertise and (ii) fostering long-term sustainability of the various components addressed by N2Africa, including seed, inoculant, and fertilizer supply chains, access to profitable legume markets, and knowledge transfer. The project will primarily work in the N2Africa Core Countries, namely Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia (with a limited range of activities in DR Congo, Rwanda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Mozambique).

IITA seeks a qualified Senior Business Development Officer to lead the implementation of activities focused on creating sustainable seed, inoculant, and fertilizer input supply chains and linking small holder farmers and farmer organizations to profitable and sustainable legume markets through public-private partnerships. The successful candidate will develop strategies, design implementation plans and oversee activities in the project countries, with the goal of identifying opportunities to stimulate business development as part of the larger program team. He/she will lead a small team with a focus on creating, delivering and implementing agreements that establish effective partnerships in two distinct domains of the legume value chain: the production and distribution of relevant seed, inoculants and fertilizers for legumes crops; and demand-side market development, with an emphasis on business opportunities that create vibrant local, regional, and export legume markets, including price stabilization, grain supply and processing activities where feasible. The successful candidate will recognize and understand the critical role that women play in the legume value chain and build realistic, sustainable business solutions that include their perspective and create opportunities for their participation.

The senior business development officer will assist in hiring and supervising in-country business development officers in each of the Core Countries. She/he will be responsible for the development of both input and output market strategies, implementation plans and execution in each country. Activities will include the convening of workshops to develop and revise workplans based on developing market dynamics, assistance in identifying and approaching key actors in the private sector, and delivery of agreements/contracts that drive the market strategies through partnerships.

The successful candidate will report to the R4D Director on Natural Resource Management and the R4D Director for West (or East, depending on the duty station) Africa.

More specifically the Senior BDO will:

  • Assess the current state of agricultural input production, marketing and consumption in the project countries and characterize the agricultural input supply system.
  • Establish a strategic framework for sustainable agricultural input business development.

 

  • Identify existing partnerships and initiatives in the agricultural input business sector.

 

  • Identify potential partnerships and initiatives with public (school feeding, WFP Purchase for Progress, etc.) and private sector output market actors.
  • Consistently seek, develop and deliver new business opportunities and successful alliances with commercial farms, trading companies, processors, exporters and international corporations interested in sourcing quality legume supplies.
  • Participate in platforms (or establish these if needed) on legume crop value chains and establish relationships with prospective partners and stakeholders that lead to executed agreements and contracts.
  • Identify opportunities for fund raising and assist in applying for grants for business development and establishment; liaise with donor community on possible grant making for business incubation and development.
  • Identify and develop partnerships with financial institutions willing to support smallholder farmer enterprises, commercial farm, processor and input supply development.
  • Conduct and oversee advocacy for business development and promotional campaigns.
  • Identify enabling environment constraints and work with project management to address such constraints.
  • Work with and inform project management and research and field staff and/or delivery partners to a) identify and produce market preferred varieties; b) identify those farmers and/or farmer organizations most capable of producing for the market.
  • Report to project management on developments and achievements in promoting business development.
  • Manage and supervise a small team of country business development officers that support the project objectives.

Educational Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) or a PhD in business, agricultural economics or a related field from a highly recognized university and at least 10 years experience developing or working with agricultural businesses in sub-Saharan Africa or similar developing country environment.

Core Competencies:

  • Strong knowledge and experience with African farming systems and input/output value chains in Africa.
  • Successful experience facilitating national and/or partnership platforms related to agricultural intensification; positive track record of work relations with a wide range of partners, including research institutes, governments, private sector, and other development entities.
  • Successful experience facilitating private-public partnerships in the realm of input/output markets.
  • Strong negotiation skills and the ability to execute agreements.
  • Highly developed project management, implementation and monitoring skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the writing of technical documents.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage a small team with a high degree of interpersonal effectiveness, and to work positively in a dynamic team environment.
  • Excellent spoken and written English (with French being an added advantage).
  • Ability to work independently in a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, and multi-cultural environment.

Duty station: Ibadan, Nigeria (or Nairobi, Kenya), but will involve extensive travel to the various project countries.

General information: Initial appointment is for two years. IITA offers a competitive remuneration package paid in US dollars.

Applications: Applications which must include covering letter, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three referees should be addressed to the Head, Human Resources Service. Please complete our online application form using this link: http://www.iita.org/irs-online-application

Closing Date: 31 December 2013

IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women candidates.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 







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