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Proposal Development Assistant at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)


The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (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. IITA is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Proposal Development Assistant

Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Employment Type: Full-time


  • Conduct daily search to analyze and identify funding opportunities aligned with the IITA strategy.
  • Assist in providing guidance to scientists in navigating the proposal automated system.
  • Assist scientists and proposal teams in completing the proposal summary form.
  • Assist with generating comprehensive weekly, monthly and quarterly reports on call searches and publications.
  • Assist in retrieving relevant proposal/project-related information on the project database.
  • Assist in maintaining the unit’s intranet platform including uploading/updating relevant policy documents, workflow, templates, checklists, manuals and related documentation.
  • Support the creation and updating of content related to the unit’s activities on social media platforms.
  • Assist other team members to develop training modules, provide guidance and effectively deliver them to IITA colleagues and partners.
  • Support scientists in developing proposal budgets.
  • Assist in ensuring compliance with standard internal and donor guidelines during the proposal development phase.
  • Assist with completing relevant administrative information as specified in call guidelines.
  • Perform any other job-related task as may be assigned by the Supervisors.


  • B.Sc / HND in Agriculture, Science or related courses with a minimum of three (3) years experience performing similar role in a well-structured environment.

The ideal candidate must:

  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skill.
  • Possess strong organizational skills.
  • Have the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Be proficient in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Be familiar with donor guidelines, grants and proposal development process.


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


Method of Application:
Interested and qualified candidates should:


Application Deadline: 1st February, 2024.


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