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Project Assistant Career Opportunity at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture Nigeria


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The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is recruiting to the position of Project Assistant for its location in Abuja. This position is renewable contract on 2 year.

The project assistant will help the pilot manager in coordination of the AgResult Aflasafe project. The ideal candidate will among other things:
  • Provide project updates and share relevant information on a regular basis.
  • Visit implementing partners and conduct mission to field as necessary in consultation with Pilot Manager.
  • Provide administrative and logistic support to the Project Office.
  • Assist with special projects and reports as needed.
  • Establish and maintain the project’s information management system.
  • Provide logistical support for all project training, seminars and workshops.
  • Provide assistance to participating organizations and facilitate market linkages,
  • Prepare tracking documents for meetings, and update tracking tools regularly.
  • Facilitate collection and samples of data by the technical team.
  • Assist and make appointments with project stakeholders, including logistical arrangements and secretarial assistance when needed.
  • Follow up with the implementing partners for progress report, submission of reports and recent data on target group and other information material.
  • Review data and information generated by the Projects’ implementing partner and prepare information materials for briefing and review sessions.
  • Such other duties, properly assigned and as may be occasioned by the exigencies of the service.
Requirements
  1. Candidate must possess minimum of HND/BSc. in Agriculture, General Sciences or related field.
  2. Domain-specific Agriculture knowledge and experience – e.g., smallholder maize production, commodity value chains, aflatoxin contamination and efforts to control aflatoxin.
  3. Experience with stakeholder engagement (including private sector) and participant management.
  4. Candidate should have experience or knowledge of community and rural development approach.
  5. Knowledge or experience in market sector, agribusiness, civil society organizations, to maximize participation in and publicity of the pilot.
  6. Proven organizational, planning and budget management experience.
  7. Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural environment
  8. Candidate should have excellent project management, interpersonal, and team building skills.
Key deliverables/outputs
The Project Assistant is expected to support the successful delivery of the project implementation plan, produce quarterly pilot updates and report against this plan which specific focus on the quality assurance of the implementing partners

Remuneration:
IITA Nigeria is offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive fringe benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment.

Important Date
The application submission will close on 20th June, 2013.

How to apply?
Interested applicants should forward their applications with detailed curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft Word format. The CV must also include names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include either the Head of applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor/Superior officer at work and evidence of current remuneration package to IITA website.

Please complete IITA's online application form using this link: http://www.iita.org/nrs-online-application. IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from female candidates. Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted

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