IITA Recruitment for Research Technician III


Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified graduates for International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Recruitment for Research Technician III. The application deadline is 7th October 2020.

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. Since 1967, IITA has worked with international and national partners to improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Research Technician III

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2020-025
Location: Kano
Contract: 2-year renewable contract


  • Leads pre-survey activities particularly the identification and hiring of enumerators, organisation of pre-survey training, identification of field-based facilitators for surveys, etc.;
  • Contributes to the contextualization of data collection tools (Questionnaires, Topical Outlines) to the Nigerian (Hausa) situation;
  • Links up, and entertains contacts with survey teams with State-based facilitators and other partners during data/information collection;
  • Facilitates the registration of farmer groups as community-based seed producers in Collaboration with Nigerian-based PO4 Leaders of the AVISA Project;
  • Contributes to the adequate formulation of lessons from project/program implementation;
  • Checking and interpretation of datasets during and after surveys;
  • Development and / or interpretation of the case and / or success stories from project / program implementation;
  • Farmer participatory varietal selection (FPVS) and gender inclusive processes;
  • Development of AVISA M&E and other reports of activities being implemented in Nigeria;
  • Prepares appropriate logistics (cross-checking functioning of electronic devices for surveys, questionnaires for pre-test and during pre-survey training, etc.)
  • Participates in the collection of data for the development of case studies / success stories during project implementation;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor.


  • National Diploma in Agriculture or any other Business-related discipline with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience performing similar or same role with international research for development organization based in the northern state.

The ideal candidate must have:

  • Excellent verbal and written command of the Hausa and English languages.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and related applications notably Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Valid Nigerian driving license.
  • Good knowledge of the states / Local Government Areas of the 19 states of Nigerian.
  • Ability to work across discipline and within multi-cultural environments.

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


How to Apply
Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed Cover letter and Curriculum Vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format. 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.

Note: IITA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse workforce. While all applications will be acknowledged, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Application Deadline: 7th October 2020.

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