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Research Associate At IITA

Date Posted: 30/Sep/2013
Deadline: 16/Oct/2013
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  • Location Nigeria


Research Associate - Kano (1-year renewable contract)

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture seeks suitable candidates for the position below at the Institute’s Station in Kano.


Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties

  • Contribute to research activities/fieldwork relating to baseline studies, on-farm testing, monitoring and evaluation of livestock related technologies in mixed crop-livestock systems in Kano-Katsina-Maradi action transect.
  • Assist in the data collection, processing and data analysis.
  • Conduct literature search and review on dryland systems research particularly on options for intensification of crop-livestock systems and reducing vulnerability in dryland areas in Kano-Katsina-Maradi action transect.
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of research activities related to intensification of crop-livestock systems and reducing vulnerability in dryland areas.
  • Assist with the preparation and publication of research results/reports.
  • Assist in organizing workshops, training or field work as required.
  • Contribute to maintaining an appropriate communications with key stakeholders and partners in Kano-Katsina-Maradi action transect.
  • Other research activities as required

Educational, Experience and Other Requirements

Education, experience and technical skills:

  • MSc degree or equivalent qualifications and experience in animal science, natural resource management, ecology or environmental sciences.
  • At least 2 years of relevant professional experience preferably in dryland areas of Nigeria and multidisciplinary working environment.
  • Excellent command in written and spoken English. Ability to communicate in Hausa is also required.
  • Strong computer skills in relevant office applications software packages (i.e. MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access).
  • Strong statistical knowledge and practices.
  • Ability to work with a high degree of autonomy and to take initiative and exercise good judgment;
  • Ability to work in basic field conditions.
  • Competency in personal organization and priority setting with the ability to work effectively under time pressure and manage multiple priorities;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to effectively interact with people in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment and to be an effective team player;
  • Creative, and flexible to respond to changing requirements


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. 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:

Closing Date: 16th October, 2013

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

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