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Research Supervisor at the 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: Research Supervisor
Location: Kano
Employment Type: Contract: 1-year renewable


  • Work with relevant public and private sector institutions that contribute to deploying and scaling up legume seed systems in Nigeria.
  • Provide technical support to seed companies, NGOs, and NARS in designing and implementing seed road maps for legume seed system scaling to meet seed demand for target beneficiaries.
  • Work with extension agents of relevant NARS for enhancing livelihoods, including demonstration of new varieties to generate demand and capacity building of local institutions.
  • Support the development of approaches for promoting seed entrepreneurship amongst women and youth.
  • Document work activities through high-quality reports that demonstrate project impacts.
  • Assist in capacity building of farmers and seed producers and strengthening stakeholder partnerships.
  • Perform any other job-related duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor.


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

The ideal candidate must:

  • Have skilled knowledge of seed production and delivery to farmers.
  • Have experience working with research organizations, NGOs, private sector seed companies, farmers, grain traders, aggregators and other stakeholders in the legume value chain.
  • Be committed and dependable and have the ability to work under pressure.
  • Have excellent communication skills (written and oral).
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and technology.


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

Application Closing Date:
23rd January, 2024.

Method of Application:
Interested and qualified candidates should:



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