Job Recruitment at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)


  2020-11-03
  Unspecified

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: Lead Anthropometrist

Ref: STS2020 – 002
Locations: 6 Geo-Political Zones, Nigeria
Recruitment Type: National (Short-term Contract)
Duration: December, 2020 – June, 2021

Duties

  • Explain clearly the anthropometry procedures and measurements to be taken, the role of the caretaker and what is expected of the caretaker and child(ren).
  • Take length/height and weight measurements.
  • Complete the required questionnaires and forms as set out in the CAPI, including how to determine the date of birth of the child properly.
  • Maintain and calibrate the equipment and report any issues immediately to the field supervisor.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine, Medical Laboratory Science / Technology. An employee of state or federal government with the above qualifications can also apply and must have a current practice license.

Competencies:
The ideal candidate must:

  • Have experience with packing, transporting, and shipping biological samples
  • Have experience with surveys and data collection with blood collection (e.g.: HIV survey, etc.).

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. 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.

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Job Title: Phlebotomist

Ref: STS2020 – 002
Locations: 6 Geo-Political Zones, Nigeria
Duration: December 2020 – June 2021
Recruitment Type: National (Short-term Contract)

Duties

  • Collect biological samples from respondents inappropriate sample collection tubes.
  • Identify and confirm respondents properly using the unique ID.
  • Label collected samples with unique ID and date.
  • Use the best method for drawing blood depending on the respondent.
  • Be friendly, courteous and sympathetic when it comes to working with respondents.
  • Always keep the workstation well-organized.
  • Adhere to all relevant health and safety standards while working.
  • Adhere to all cold chain related standards.
  • Provide daily progress update to the field supervisor.
  • Ensure that all collected samples are delivered in good condition to the laboratory technicians daily.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s in Medicine (Health Science), Laboratory Science / Technology, Human Nutrition, or Nursing.
  • An employee of state or federal government with the above qualifications can also apply.
  • Proven experience as a Phlebotomist or Phlebotomy Technician.
  • Experience with surveys and data collection that include blood collection (e.g.: HIV survey, etc.) is also an added advantage.

Competencies
The ideal candidate must:

  • Be experienced in pediatric phlebotomy.
  • Be a trained Phlebotomist / Nurse with experience in collecting and labelling blood samples.
  • Fluency in English and at least one local language spoken in the assigned zone are required.
  • Have excellent communication skills.

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. 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.

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Job Title: Dietary Intake Interviewer

Ref: STS2020 – 002
Locations: 6 Geo-Political Zones, Nigeria
Duration: December 2020 – June 2021
Recruitment Type: National (Short-term Contract)

Duties

  • Obtain verbal or written consent before each survey component is started.
  • Familiarize himself/herself with the food and recipe listings in advance for the i24-hr recall.
  • Study the SOPs and questionnaire, follow the guidelines and instructions strictly to collect quality data.
  • Follow the interview instructions from the training and those embedded within the tablet to obtain high data quality.
  • Conduct pre-training of respondents.
  • Collect survey data by completing the 24-hr recall as described during the training using the tablet provided and in the right order.
  • Synchronize data collected regularly by connecting to the dashboard through the internet.
  • Maintain good quality data collection as much as possible by diligent work, strictly following standard procedures in conducting the interviews and recording answers, and by professional conduct.
  • Report each day’s activity and challenges to the supervisor

Qualifications

  • HND / BSc in Nutrition, Food Science / Technology, Community Development or Public Health. An employee of State or Federal Government with above qualifications can also apply.

Competencies
The ideal candidate must:

  • Be experience as an interviewer in surveys
  • Be proficient in using tablet-based data collection
  • Be familiar with working in rural Nigeria
  • Be fluent in English and at least one local language spoken in the assigned zone are required.
  • Be candidates from different States in the zone and residing in those States highly preferred
  • Have ability to live or work in a rural environment when necessary
  • Have excellent communication skills and outgoing personality
  • Be available to work all days of the week.

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. 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.

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Job Title: Laboratorian

Ref. No: STS2020 – 002
Locations: 6 Geo-Political Zones, Nigeria
Recruitment Type: National (Short-term Contract)
Duration: December 2020 – June 2021

Duties

  • Set up and sanitize workspace.
  • Assist in the taking of anthropometry measurements.
  • Process collected samples including centrifugation and aliquoting samples.
  • Analyze samples using point-of-care machine and rapid diagnostic test kits while adhering strictly to the SOP.
  • Good knowledge of parasite identification and proficiency in microscopy.
  • Pack and transport biological samples to a temporary storage facility.
  • Record all data and results in specified forms (paper or electronic) with accuracy.
  • Always keep the workstation well-organized.
  • Adhere to all relevant health and safety standards while working.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors in Medicine, medical laboratory science/technology. An employee of state or federal government with above qualifications can also apply and must have a current practice license.

Competencies:
The ideal candidate must:

  • Have experience with packing, transporting, and shipping biological samples
  • Have experience with surveys and data collection with blood collection (e.g.: HIV survey, etc.).

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. 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 or professional colleague and evidence of current remuneration package.

Click here to apply online

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Job Title: Field Supervisor

Ref: STS2020 – 002
Locations: 6 Geo-Political Zones, Nigeria
Recruitment Type: National (Short-term Contract)
Duration: December 2020 – June 2021

Duties

  • Ensure adherence to quality control procedures on day to day survey results.
  • Check on completeness, logic, and skip pattern on questionnaires.
  • Check on safe and adequate collection of biological samples, cold chain, and sample processing daily.
  • Make sure equipment and labels are appropriately used.
  • Work with local guides to identify respondents.
  • Prepare for fieldwork as well as provide the teams with all required survey materials.
  • Coordinate day to day activities and oversee the work performance of the team members.
  • Address all interviewers’ concerns as they arise.
  • Conduct step down trainings where necessary.
  • S/he must be able to address medical emergencies, and risk associated with blood collection.
  • Control data quality by checking for errors during interviewing and measurements daily and after the interview every week.
  • Monitor the use of field equipment, ensuring that they are kept in good working order and that problems are reported promptly and provide replacement materials.
  • Monitor team progress and support in addressing/escalating challenges as necessary.
  • Investigate high levels of non-responsiveness among interview teams.
  • Keep the interview teams on schedule.
  • Report to the zonal coordinator within his/her assigned geopolitical zone.

Qualifications

  • Master’s in Health Sciences, Medicine, Medical Laboratory Science / Technology, Human Nutrition, or Nursing. An employee of state or federal government with above qualifications can also apply. Previous survey experience (e.g.: NDHS, MICS, SMART, NAIIS, etc.) as team lead is preferred.

Competencies
The ideal candidate must:

  • Be proficient in using tablet-based data collection
  • Be familiar with working in rural Nigeria
  • Be fluent in English and at least one local language spoken in the assigned zone are required.
  • Excellent communication skill is essential to team members, other team leads, and zone survey coordinators.

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. 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 or professional colleague and evidence of current remuneration package.

Click here to apply online

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Job Title: Interviewer

Ref: STS2020 – 002
Location: 6 Geo-Political Zones
Recruitment Type: National (Short-term Contract)
Duration: December 2020 – June 2021

Duties

  • Obtain verbal or written consent before commencing the interview.
  • Collect data and biomarker samples from respondents.
  • Synchronize data collected regularly by connecting to the dashboard through the internet.
  • Study the SOPs and questionnaire to collect quality data.
  • Follow the interview instructions from the training to obtain high quality data.
  • Maintain good quality data collection as much as possible by diligent work, strictly following standard procedures in conducting the interviews and recording answers, and by professional conduct.
  • Provide daily progress update to the field supervisor.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s in Medicine (Health Science), Laboratory Science / Technology, Human Nutrition, or Nursing.
  • An employee of state or federal government with above qualifications can also apply.
  • Experience in surveys and data collection in public health is an added advantage.

Competencies
The ideal candidate must:

  • Be proficient in using tablet-based data collection
  • Have familiarity working in rural Nigeria
  • Be fluent in English and at least one local language spoken in the assigned zone are required.

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. 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 or professional colleague and evidence of current remuneration package.

Click here to apply online

Click here for more information (PDF)

Job Title: Journalist

Financing Agreement reference: P- Z1-A00-016
Location: Nigeria
Project ID No.: 2100155036067
Consultancy Services: Short-Term Individual Journalist

Backgound
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is implementing the TAAT Livestock Compact financed through a grant from the African Development Bank towards the cost of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) Program and intends to apply part of the proceeds for this grant to facilitate payment for a Short-Term Individual Journalist to capture case stories and pictures, where TAAT Livestock Compact High-Quality Cassava Peels (HQCP) machines have been installed in Ofu LGA of Kogi State and Atiba, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, both in Nigeria.

Job Descriptions

  • The Journalist is expected to find out about the evolution of the cooperatives / groups in those locations by asking and documenting responses to questions like; how did the cooperatives begin? What is the composition of members, number, sex, gender, and their roles? Do they have affiliations with any other associations in the state or nationally? What were their motivation and objectives for starting? What kinds of machines did they have before Synergos / TAAT intervention? What are their main products?. How many tons of Cassava do they process each day/week? Is there seasonal variation in their production? What preparations or input did they need to make to receive TAAT support? Have they received help from any other Organisation?, if so what form have these taken – cash, grant, training, or machines.? Etc.
  • The Journalist will also find out about the operation of the machines by asking and documenting responses to questions like who are the machine operators? How many persons in this cooperative have been trained to operate the machine? Have they trained any other individuals or cooperatives on the use of the machine? How many hours on average per day are the machines working? What quantity (tons) of Cassava peels are they processing per day/week? What quantity of HQCP mash (tons / kg) are they producing per day / week? How much extra income have they realized per production cycle? Does the income belong to the cooperative or to individuals? What is their source of water? How do they dispose of the wastewater from processing the HQCP? What specific benefits has the donation of the HQCP machines has on their lives and income? Who are the buyers or markets for the HQCP mash? What specific challenges have they faced in using the machine and so on.
  • The assignment will also require interviews and Focus Group Discussion (FGD) with members of the cooperative; 2 or 3 women / men cooperative members (include at least one woman among those to be interviewed to get a personal angle of the story; other Stakeholders e.g. Synergos, TAAT Compact, ILRI.
  • The journalist will also visit the household of the selected man / woman interviewed to be able to capture some important family size, source of income, importance of HQCP machine etc. insights.
  • General assessment of the HQCP production environment will be required. This assessment will show for instance, is this group the only one producing cassava products in the area? If not, who are the other processors within 30-50 Km radius of this cooperative? etc

Job Requirements

  • The desired candidate, who must be based in Nigeria, should possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication, Public Relations, Journalism, or a closely related field with at least 5 years of relevant experience in in the areas of the assignment.
  • The desired candidate should possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills in English language with a good working knowledge of the local languages in the two locations, demonstrated ability to conduct interviews, write, publish success stories, and take feature pictures.

Deadline: 17th November, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their Expression of Interest (EOI), including their detailed CV, Letter of Motivation detailing past related experience similar to this assignment and samples of previous reports written, pictures, website of work or other experience similar to this type of assignment.

Expressions of interest should be delivered by email or hard copies to the address below:
Niyi Samuel Adediran, Ph.D,
Coordinator, TAAT, Livestock Compact,
Impact at Scale Program,
International Livestock Research Institute.

Email: a.adediran@cgiar.org

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