Research Supervisor 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: Research Supervisor

Job Ref.: IITA-HR-NRS2023-013
Location: Abuja
Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)


  • Participate in designing, planning and management of agronomy experiments in the screen house and on-station field for seed yam production using minisetts, mini-tubers, and vine cuttings.
  • Participate in the design, planning and management of demonstration trials on certified seed yam production in collaboration with PROSSIVAYam Partners in Nigeria and Ghana.
  • Provide technical backstopping to certified seed entrepreneurs, ware yam farmers, extension workers and Community Research Technicians on implementing demonstration trials for demand creation.
  • Participate in monitoring the activities of PROSSIVA-associated private seed companies and certified seed entrepreneurs working with IITA PROSSIVA team members.
  • Supervise the activities of daily rated labour on-station.
  • Report monthly on the progress of planned activities.
  • Collect and maintain data on certified seed yam production activities including seed preparation, planting, scoring for diseases and pests, application of agronomic measures, labelling, harvesting, sorting, treating, storage, etc.
  • Perform any other job-related task as may be assigned by the Supervisor.


  • B.Sc / HND in Crop Science / Soil Science, Seed Science, Botany or any other related field with a minimum of two (2) years’ experience performing a similar role in a well-structured environment with a valid driver’s license.

The ideal candidate must:

  • Be experienced in conducting agricultural research experiments.
  • Be experienced in recording, handling, and processing data from research experiments and report writing.
  • Have ability to work independently and the use of any of SPSS, R, SAS or related statistical tools.
  • Experience of using digital tools for data entry and knowledge of yam agronomy
  • Have experience in working with partners in research and extension, as well as farmers.
  • Have knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and some experience of using statistical software
  • Have good interpersonal relationships, good documentation abilities, organizational skills and strong communication skills.

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


How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Deadline 4th April, 2023.


  • Interested applicants should complete the online application by attaching a 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.
  • IITA is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse workforce, particularly welcoming applications from women. While all applications will be acknowledged, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted