The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is one of the world’s leading research partners in finding solutions for hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.
Its award-winning research-for-development (R4D) approach addresses the development needs of tropical countries.
IITA works with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture. IITA is a non-profit organization founded in 1967 in Nigeria and governed by a Board of Trustees. IITA works on the following crops: cowpea, soybean, banana/plantain, yam, cassava, and maize.
It is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Please visit http://www.iita.org/ for more information on IITA.
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites
applications for the internationally recruited positions below:
Job Title: Head of Internal Audit
Ref No: DDG-CS/HIA/04/16
Closing Date: 10th May 2016
The IITA Internal Audit unit subscribes to the standards of the International Institute of Internal
Auditors, and co-ordinates its work with the CGIAR Internal Audit Unit for all CGIAR Research
Programs. The Head of the Internal Audit Unit reports to the Board of Trustees via the Finance and
Audit Committee and administratively to the Director General.
The position is responsible for proposing an audit activity plan and prioritizing it on the basis of risk
levels, for planning, supervising and performing assurance and advisory services and for
communicating results to the Board and Senior Management. The Head of Internal Audit is a key
advisor to management on the financial, operational integrity and compliance of the Institute’s
activities in all its geographically-diverse locations and functional areas of operations, including its
expanding Business Incubation Platform (BIP).
Major roles and responsibilities include:
1. Internal Audit Strategy, Policy, Audit Planning, Design and Execution
Develop Internal Audit Strategy, Policies and Key Performance Indices.
Develop and execute a comprehensive risk based audit plan to evaluate governance structures,
risk management structures and internal control framework management controls.
Maintain effective working relationships with the IITA’s external auditors and co-ordinate
audit planning to ensure adequate audit coverage.
Conduct investigations and/or special assignments as requested by the Board or management.
2. Quality Assurance and Reporting
Ensure quality assurance of all internal audit reports.
Issue audit and other reports promptly, including periodic reports to the Board and senior
management on key performance indicators of the unit.
Monitor implementation by management of all recommendations made by the Internal Audit
Develop a Quality Assurance and Improvement Program (QAIP) for the Unit’s and coach and
Maintain open communication with management and the audit committee.
Take a lead role in monitoring and reporting on Institute’s anti-fraud and integrity programs
3. Advisory Function
Provide advice to support the Board and management in the maintenance of a well developed
risk management framework, internal control framework, policies and procedures
In addition, the Head of Internal Audit is accountable to the Director of CG IAU (DIAU) on matters of
Quality and compliance with IIA standards and IAU guidelines.
Develop risk based Internal Audit work plans (annual and medium term) in collaboration with
the Director of CG IAU (DIAU).
Liaises with the DIAU over changes to the plan.
Schedule the audits for the year in consultation with the DIAU.
Regularly updates the DIAU with status of work in the Unit.
The candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline and be a Certified Internal Auditor or
a Certified Information Systems Auditor. Possession of qualifications such as a Chartered Accountant
or Certified Public Accountant will be a major advantage.
Sound knowledge of the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing
Experience in working with a leading auditing firm, with international organizations or
multinational private sector companies as an Internal Auditor.
Knowledge of financial audits, project management, risk assessment, information system audit,
and proficiency in the use of Oracle or Agresso ERP system is desirable.
A very good knowledge of governance, risk management framework and concepts and internal
control framework (e.g. COSO).
A mature understanding of the ethical framework for internal auditors and ability to appreciate
ethical issues applicable generally in the work place.
A minimum of 10 years experience (5 of which must be in a senior position) in the internal audit
function is required.
Excellent command of English is a must and working knowledge of French will be an advantage.
Strong computer skills, including MS Office, spread sheets and database management.
Ability to work with minimal supervision, when necessary, and to meet tight deadlines.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Willingness to undertake substantial travel within Africa
Duty station: Ibadan, Nigeria
General information: The contract will be for a period of three years. IITA offers internationally
competitive remuneration package paid in U.S. Dollars.
Position Title: Executive Assistant to the DDG-P4D
Recruitment Type: National (3-year renewable contract)
Closing Date: 26th April 2016
Reporting directly to the Deputy Director General, Partnerships for Delivery (DDG-P4D),
this position provides executive professional and administrative support to the DDG in
the day-to-day administration of the Directorate. The incumbent serves as a primary
point of contact for the DDG-P4D on all matters pertaining to the Directorate,
maintaining high confidentiality as may be required and exercising discretion and a good
sense of judgment. The Executive Assistant will have the ability to work independently,
and must be able to work under pressure at times to handle a wide variety of activities.
The successful candidate will among
other things perform the following duties
Work closely and effectively with
the DDG, and be proactive in
bringing up matters that should
receive his attention with
proposals on solutions regarding
any operational issues
Perform a broad variety of
administrative tasks for the DDG
in all aspects including managing
his meetings, commitments,
and other routine and non-routine
activities of the Directorate and
following up appropriately
Organize and prioritize large
volumes of information and calls,
professionally, raising draft
statements and responses on
behalf of the DDG and/or
recommending appropriate course
Support the DDG in preparation for
the meetings of the Board of
Trustees, assisting with the design
and development of relevant
presentations by the DDG
Provide administrative support for
the DDG’s participation at
meetings of the Management Team
and other institutional meetings
Liaise appropriately with
Units/Projects within the
Directorate and in the Institute on
pertinent issues and submit
appropriate reports to the DDG
Build and manage good working
relationships that are crucial for
the success of the work of the
Directorate, maintaining discretion
Develop, maintain and update
relevant databases for the effective
running of the Directorate,
facilitating easy retrieval of
Keep record of P4D corporate
documentation relating to
correspondence, reports and
Research, analyse and prepare reports (including technical
reports) for consideration of the
Support teams in the management
of special projects and crossdivisional
coordination work plans
Prepare the annual budget and
financial reports, track expenditure
and ensure effective management
of the Directorate budget
Monitor progress of projects
allocated to staff by the DDG;
prioritize and ensure that reports
and correspondence are dealt with
efficiently and effectively
Manage procurement of materials
and equipment required for the
effective running of the office
Perform any other duties as may be
assigned by the supervisor from
time to time
Qualification and Competencies
B.Sc. or HND in Administration,
Administration or related
discipline, plus a related
Master’s degree with 10 years
cognate experience in
communications, particularly in
an international multilingual
and multicultural environment
skills—verbal and written
Strong leadership skills
Strong organizational and analytical skills
approach to problem solving
Good sense of judgment
Experienced and proficient
in using Word, PowerPoint
We offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive benefits and excellent working
conditions in a pleasant campus environment.
Applications must include covering letter which should address how the candidate’s
background/experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for, curriculum vitae,
names and addresses of three professional referees (which must include either the Head of the
applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor/Superior at his/her present
or former place of work). The application should be addressed to the Head, Human Resources Service.
Please complete our online application form using this link: http://www.iita.org/careers
IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.