International non-profit research-far-development (R4D) organization created in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees and supported primarily by the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Our R4D is anchored on the development needs of sub-Saharan Africa. We develop agricultural solutions with our partners to tackle hunger and poverty by reducing producer and consumer risks, enhancing crop quality and productivity, and generating 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.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture seeks suitable Nigerian Nationals for the following position at the Institute’s Kano Station.

Successful candidate will among other things: • Coordinate and implement multi-locational on-farm trials
 • Coordinate and supervise the collection of data on soils and other biophysical resources, crop management and yields, socio-economic variables and farmers’ perceptions in the project’s dissemination trials
 • Coordinate and supervise the collection and processing of soil and plant samples
 •Support the training of students and Visiting trainees.
 • Undertake data management and analysis; and contribute to reporting of research outputs
 • Support project staff to meet reporting, monitoring and evaluation requirements of the project activities
 • Facilitate all aspects of the project’s operations and management of logistics
 • Carry out any other task assigned by the Supervisor

 • M.Sc. in Agronomy, Soil Science or a related discipline.
 • Experience with and proven skills in the accurate collection of soil and other agronomic and socio-economic data in field trials are an absolute requirement
 • Possess excellent interpersonal skills to interact with partners and farmers and to engage farmers in data collection where possible.
 • Have good communication skills (a good knowledge of Hausa is an asset)
 • Possess good computer skills and be able to use  statistical software and Excel.
 • Possess a valid Driver’s License

Successful candidate will among other things:
 • Coordinate and implement office procedures for smooth-running and effective office functioning;
 • Maintain an effective filing system and safe-keeping of confidential documents;
 • Manage and maintain an inventory of office equipment  and other office resources
 • Arrange appointment and meetings for Scientists;
 • Provide administrative and logistic support to staff and visitors;
 • Assist Scientists in retrieval of information, (data and documents);
 • Assist in preparation of administrative and financial reports
 • Perform any other duties assigned by the Supervisor.

 •BSc/HND in Secretarial Studies, Business Administration, Personnel Management or a related discipline. At least three (3) years post-qualification working experience in a large well structured organization.
 • Possess very strong oral and written communication skills.
 •Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computer, especially Ms Word. Ms Excel and Publisher.
 •Be honest, hardworking and be able to work in a multi-cultural environment.

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

 Interested applicants should visit IITA’s jobsite at and submit their application not later than two weeks from the date of this publication.

DEADLINE: April 10, 2012 .


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