PROGRAM MANAGER-COMMERCIALIZATION OF BIOFORTIFIED CROPS, SME TECHNICAL SUPPORT OFFICER AT INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TROPICAL AGRICULTURE (IITA)

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VACANCIES: PROGRAM MANAGER-COMMERCIALIZATION OF BIOFORTIFIED CROPS, SME TECHNICAL SUPPORT OFFICER

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, on behalf of HarvestPlus, seeks suitable Nigerian for the positions below at its country office in Ibadan:

POSITION: PROGRAM MANAGER, COMMERCIALIZATION OF BIOFORTIFIED CROPS

Contract: 2-year renewable contract

Location: Ibadan

DUTIES:

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

Supply and demand stimulation for biofortified seeds and processed foods

Identify and engage promising SMEs with high willingness to invest in the biofortified seed sector, with focus on credible farmer associations/groups and aggregators

Advocacy and Policy Engagement

Define policy constraints that hinder the commercialization of VAC and VAM building on assessment reports

Catalytic financing for seed and processed food SMEs

Identify companies (input supply and processing) in the growth phase and carry out in-depth financing needs assessment to understand and characterize their key constraints. Please check our website for more details.

QUALIFICATION:

Master’s degree in business administration, procurement and supply chain management, marketing, agriculture or related discipline with minimum of four (4) years’ work experience in activities related to agricultural commodities and rural development

COMPETENCIES

Proven knowledge of agricultural value chain players (especially cassava and maize) and support service institutions in Nigeria

POSITION: SME TECHNICAL SUPPORT OFFICER

Contract:   2-year renewable contract     

Location:   Ibadan

DUTIES:

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties: Value Chain Engineering

Work with investors in the biofortified food value chain to set-up small, micro and medium scale processing factories and guide construction sites, technical designs and drawings for effectiveness

Value Chain Linkage and Information Technology

Develop and deploy date collection app (s) to improve market intelligence and linkage with emphasis on digital marketing using the BiofortStat. Please check our website for more details.

QUALIFICATION:

BSc/HND in Civil Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Computer Science or related field with minimum of three (3) years’ experience performing similar role Membership of relevant professional bodies (COREN, NSE) and possession of relevant professional certificates in Information Communication Technology (ICT) or Structural engineering will be an added advantage. COMPETENCIES:

Expert use of AutoCAD, Civil 3D, etc. Microsoft Office Applications – Word, PowerPoint, Outlook applications; Cloud data storage tools – Google Drive, Drop Box, OneDrive.

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 cover letter and curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format to IITA website: http://jobs.iita.org/erecruit/ not later than Two Weeks from the date of this publication (27 February, 2020). 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. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.