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Research Associate, Program Assistant at The International Potato Centre

The International Potato Centre (CIP) is seeking to recruit an agronomist/seed system specialist Research Associate (RA) to implement Nutrition Sensitive Kitchen Garden Interventions with Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) and Other Vegetables under Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) Program’. This rA will be based in Jigawa State, with occasional training and supervision duties in Yobe State. She/he will work under the supervision of the CIP Country Manager (WINNN-Kitchen Garden Coordinator) and co-report to the WINNN Deputy Chief of Party.

The Project: The overall goal of this orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) ledA garden product project is to improve food and nutrition security and livelihoods for women and children, especially improved diet diversity in two of the five WINNN states implementing during the cost extension period. The project seeks to catalyze broad support for OFSP and its use in strategic initiatives including Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) program (first cohort), mothers/care givers of recovered Severe and Acute Malnourished (SAM) clients in small scale food processing, school feeding, and wheat import substitution in commercial food processing in this region.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture on behalf of CIP seeks suitable Nigerian for the positions below at the CIP project location in Jigawa, Yobe and Abuja.

Position:   Research Associate (2 Positions)

Contract:  1-year renewable contract

Location:   Jigawa & Yobe


Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

  • Facilitate increased adoption and diffusion of OFSP among the WINNN project beneficiaries;
  • OFSP seed system and establish kitchen gardens;
  • Facilitate capacity development of the key direct beneficiaries of the project;
  • Empower the WINNN project IYCF support group members and recovered SAM mothers/care givers to use OFSP and other selected nutritious crops to process bioavailable nutritious foods for improved nutrition and livelihoods;
  • Create awareness, sensitize, and educate communities ar beneficiary groups on OFSP and nutritious foods in the two selected states;
  • Create demand, identify and link markets for OFSP In the two selected states for improved livelihoods of the beneficiaries;
  • Promote Triple S and Double S technologies for own-seed conservation and root conservation;
  • Perform any other duties as maybe assigned by the supervisor.


MSc in Agronomy or related field with minimum of five (5) years’ experience in crop knowledge.


  • Sound in report writing in English.
  • High level of computer literacy, accuracy and attention to detail.
  • At least five years of experience in project management in rural areas with a good understanding of planning and budgeting of activities.

Position:  Program Assistant

Contract: 1 -year renewable contract

Location:  Abuja


  • Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:
  • Provide administrative, financial and logistical support to the WINNN Kitchen Garden Coordinator;
  • Prepare monthly cash position and bank reconciliations;
  • Maintain a ledger and monitor and analyze the budget;


HND/BSc in Business Administration, Marketing, Accounting or other related with minimum of three (3) years’ experience performing finance and administrative roles.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to write reports.
  • Must be a team player accustomed to working in multi-cultural groups with good organizational skills.
  • Fluent in English and Hausa language is an added advantage
  • Willingness to travel when needs be.


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 attaching detailed cover letter and curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft wordformat to IITA website: http://www.iita.org/about/jobs/ no later than 29th May 2018. 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.

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



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