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EQUIPMENT OPERATOR AND FARM SUPERVISOR NEEDED AT INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TROPICAL AGRICULTURE (IITA).

ITTA is a not-for-profit institution that generates agricultural innovators 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 International Institute of Tropical Agriculture seeks suitable Nigerian for the positions below at the Institute’s station in Kano.

POSITION: EQUIPMENT OPERATOR

Contract:   2-year renewable contract

Location: Kano

DUTIES

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following

duties:

-Operate Tractor for mowing, ridging, spraying and harrowing;

-Mark fields using marker;

-Trail and Plough for research field operation;

-Spray research field with spraying machine;

-Apply fertilizer to research field;

-Carryout harvest operations with harvester;

-Attend to minor repairs when necessary;

-Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

QUALIFICATION

SSCE or Trade Test with valid professional class E drivers’ license and with at least five (5) years’ tractor operations working experience.

COMPETENCIES

-Must be strong and agile.

-Have ability to work under pressure with minimum supervision.

-Must be hardworking, honest and trustworthy

POSITION: FARM SUPERVISOR

DUTIES

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following

duties:

-Supervise land preparation (mowing ridging, harrowing etc) within UTA and offsite stations;

-Jointly attend to and educate students, farmers and other bodies during excursions to IITA with the Visitors Assistant;

-Assist m driving IITA trucks to and fro offsite stations to convey Tractors, equipment and implements;

-Supervise operators on the use and maintenance of Tractors and implements;

-Coordinate the multiplication of all IITA mandate varieties including cover crops;

-Initiate the establishment of irrigation facilities in Kano station;

-Supervise planting and harvesting of cover crops;

-Assist in the management of the entire Kano Farm to international standard;

-Coordinate training on tractorization;

-Perform any other duties as may be assigned by supervisor; Check our website for more details.

QUALIFICATION:

BSc/HND in Agricultural Engineering or any other Agricultural Extension related discipline with at least 5 years’ working experience preferably in a very large farm.

COMPETENCIES:

The ideal candidate must have:

-The abilty to manage multiple priorities/tasks effectively;

-Good knowledge of Agronomy and/or Farm Management

-The ability to work with time or no supervision under pressure in agricultural working environment;

REMUNERATION

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

METHOD OF APPLICATION

Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed caver letter and curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format to IITA website: https://www.iita.org/about/jobs/  no later than the 3rd of January, 2018. The application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include the applicants current or previous direct Supervisor, professional colleague and evidence of remuneration package.

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

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