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Legal Officer at IITA

IITA International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

IITA is a not-for-profit institution that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation. Working with various partners across sub-Saharan Africa, we improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity. We have more than 200 internationally recruited scientists from about 35 countries and over 1000 nationally recruited staff based in various stations across Africa. Please visit http://www.iita.org/ for more details.

The Institutes seeks suitable Nigerian Nationals for the position below at the Institute’s headquarters in Ibadan.

Position: Legal Officer

Location: Ibadan

Contract: 3-year renewable contract


Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

(i)    Assist in contract lifecycle management, including preparation, review, negotiation and advise on all research agreements (including donor agreements, partnership agreements, MoUs, research collaborations, consultancies, material transfer agreements, licensing agreements etc.) and other institutional agreements and contracts;

(ii)   Monitor finalization and submission/return of completed contracts, appropriate follow-ups and archiving of all research and other institutional agreements;

(iii)   Contribute to the development of implementation guidelines for and support the implementation of IITA Intellectual Property (IP) Policy and other Policies;

(iv)   Assist in the development of guidelines and templates for effective project start up and close out.

The ideal candidate must have:

(i)    Have at least six year’s post-law school experience in legal practice in a busy environment, preferably in a corporate environment or an international non-profit organization:

(ii)   Demonstrate good grasp of relevant laws including but not limited to Laws governing International non-profit organizations; Intellectual Property (IP) Law, and related International Treaties.


(i)     A law degree (LLB), Law School degree (BL).

(ii)    Master’s degree in Law (LLM/MILD) and or MBA is an advantage.


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


Interested applicants should complete the online application at IITA website: http://www.iita.org/careers  attaching their cover letter with detailed curriculum vitae saved in a single file in Microsoft Word format no later than 27th September 2017. 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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