Jobs at The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Kaduna and Oyo

Company Info

Large organization

200 + Employees

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a non-profit organization that develops agricultural solutions to address Africa’s most serious issues of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource depletion. We promote lives, improve food and nutrition security, boost employment, and protect natural resource integrity through collaborating with numerous partners across Sub-Saharan Africa. IITA is a member of the CGIAR, a worldwide agriculture research alliance dedicated to ensuring food security in the future.

1). Training Officer

Job Requisition ID: IITA/P&C/NRS2023-043

Location: Kaduna

Job type: Contract

Duration: 1-year renewable contract


  • Oversee Youth Training in Kaduna State: Take the lead in managing and executing youth training programs within Kaduna State.
  • Coordination of Partner Efforts: Coordinate the collaborative efforts of all identified partners involved in contributing to the training activities within Kaduna State.
  • Trainee Cohort Selection: Assist in the selection of trainee cohorts and maintain the trainee database.
  • Site Identification and Screening: Participate in the identification and screening of suitable training and incubation sites.
  • Equipment Needs Assessment: Determine the equipment requirements for training sites and provide recommendations for upgrades.
  • Trainer Development: Lead the training of trainers for identified facilitators, ensuring they are well-prepared for their roles.
  • Integration of Agricultural Technologies: Incorporate advanced agricultural technologies into the training curriculum, attachments, and incubation processes.
  • Curriculum Development: Contribute to the development of a curriculum that aligns with private sector needs and meets competency standards.
  • Supervision and Monitoring: Oversee and monitor the progress of trained youths in collaboration with the M/E officer(s).
  • Reporting: Assist the State Coordinator in preparing training and activity progress reports, as well as other required reports from various locations.
  • Additional Responsibilities: Undertake any other job-related duties as assigned by the supervisor.


  • Education: A B.Sc or HND in Agriculture Extension or Social Science-related fields.
  • Experience: Minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in a well-structured environment.


The ideal candidate should:

  • Computer Proficiency: Be adept in using computer-based control systems, shared network drives, and Excel packages.
  • Youth Engagement: Have experience working with youths and a demonstrated ability to engage with them effectively.
  • Curriculum Design: Possess expertise in designing agribusiness training curricula tailored for youths.
  • Teamwork: Demonstrate strong teamwork skills, actively sharing relevant information with colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Exhibit good manners, flexibility, respect, friendliness, and cooperation in interactions with others.
  • Communication: Have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, along with a pleasant personality and the ability to build interpersonal relationships.

This candidate will play a pivotal role in empowering youth through training and development in the agricultural sector in Kaduna State.

Application Closing Date
5th October, 2023.



2). News Reporter

Job Requisition ID: STS2023-016
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Job type: Contract
Duration: 6 months’ renewable


  • Cover and document events and stories for Radio IITA, including live reports.
  • Conduct and schedule news interviews.
  • Develop news stories.
  • Establish and maintain contacts within the news industry.
  • Write, edit, submit copies, and attend news events.
  • Verify statements and facts through proofreading.
  • Produce radio, web, and broadcast news reports through field recording and editing.
  • Manage news department files, including a digital archive of broadcast stories.
  • Deliver news stories from the reader’s perspective.
  • Publish or broadcast news stories.
  • Adhere to the ethical standards and codes of journalism.
  • Maintain thorough notes and audio recordings.
  • Collaborate with reporters, chief editor, producers, and others.
  • Perform any other job-related tasks as assigned by Supervisors.


  • Candidates should hold a B.Sc / HND in Mass Communication, Communication and Language Arts, or a related field, with a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in a similar role within a well-structured environment.


The ideal candidate should:

  • Possess strong research skills.
  • Exhibit excellent communication skills in writing, reading, and speaking.
  • Have a solid understanding of journalism, digital literacy, and audio production.
  • Demonstrate logical reasoning and objectivity.

Application Closing Date
26th September, 2023.



3). Proposal Coordination Officer

Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Contract: 3-year renewable contract


  • Collaborate with the Unit Head to proactively search various sources, such as donor websites, funding databases, and subscribed search tools/platforms, to identify potential funding opportunities, Requests for Proposals, and Expressions of Interest aligning with IITA’s mandate and strategic goals.
  • Assist in publishing and circulating identified calls to scientists and relevant teams, including summarizing call guidelines and inputting information into the proposal call automation system.
  • Coordinate internal registration processes for proposals, ensuring timely completion of proposal/project summary forms by following up with scientists and proposal teams.
  • Support scientists and project teams in navigating the proposal call automation system, including resolving technical issues in collaboration with the Software Systems team.
  • Collaborate with interrelated teams to facilitate the processing of necessary supporting documents/information (e.g., Support Letters, Letters of Intent, due diligence forms) required for proposal submissions.
  • Extract donor intelligence and maintain a database of key donors, reporting on emerging trends, priorities, funding cycles, and application procedures to inform IITA’s and CGIAR’s strategic resource mobilization efforts.
  • Ensure the functionality of subscribed proposal search tools (e.g., DevAID, Fund4NGO).
  • Assist the Unit Head in generating regular management reports and updates on IITA’s resource mobilization progress, including proposal submissions, funding success rates, and the proposal pipeline.
  • Keep team members informed of administrative information necessary for proposal development.
  • Coordinate the preparation of weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports on searched and published calls for proposals.
  • Represent the Unit Head in donor debriefings, FAQ sessions, workshops, and networking events to stay current on funding trends and foster collaborations.
  • Support in tracking donor feedback on submitted proposals and maintain the unit’s intranet platform with relevant policy documents, workflows, templates, checklists, and manuals for future reference.
  • Collaborate with team members to ensure that project development information and documentation are up-to-date and accurately maintained in the project database.
  • Work with cross-functional teams, including scientists, Finance, Legal, People and Culture, Communications, and relevant teams, to ensure the submission of high-quality and impactful proposals meeting donor requirements.
  • Provide guidance and training to project teams and partners on effective proposal development and resource mobilization strategies.
  • Support the establishment of performance metrics for proposal success, track outcomes, and provide insights for improvement.
  • Perform any other job-related duties as assigned by the supervisor.


  • Master’s Degree in International Development, Agricultural Economics, Business Administration, or a related field.
  • Minimum of six (6) years’ experience working in agricultural and multicultural organizations, with a proven track record in proposal development, resource mobilization, or related roles in an international development context.


The ideal candidate should:

  • Demonstrate proven experience in proposal coordination, project management, or related roles.
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to convey complex ideas clearly and concisely.
  • Exhibit strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects, meet deadlines, and maintain attention to detail.
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), project management tools, and document management systems.
  • Have a collaborative mindset with a track record of effective work across diverse teams, including virtual and international teams.
  • Possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills to assess proposal requirements and develop effective solutions.
  • Familiarity with donor guidelines, grants, and proposal development processes is a plus.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism, integrity, and commitment to the organization’s mission.
  • Demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain relationships with donors, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Adapt to changing priorities, navigate ambiguity, and thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.


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

Deadline: 3rd October, 2023.

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