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IITA: Country Crop Manager Cassava - Nigeria

Posted on Wed 07th Oct, 2009 - --- (2 comments)

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the position of Country Crop Manager Cassava for its Global HarvestPlus program.
IITA is an international nonprofit research-for-development (R4D) organization created in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and supported primarily by the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

HarvestPlus is a Global Challenge Program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). HarvestPlus seeks to develop and disseminate staple food crops, which are relatively high in bioavailable micronutrients as a promising means to reduce micronutrient malnutrition in developing countries. The initial target micronutrients are iron, zinc, and vitamin A. HarvestPlus involves collaboration between ten CGIAR Centers and a large number of partner institutions in developing and developed countries. It is expected that within five years, fully-tested biofortified varieties of rice, wheat, maize, pearl millet, cassava and beans will have been approved for release in several developing countries. Biofortified sweet potato is already being disseminated. Beta-carotene (pro-Vitamin A) biofortified cassava is among the early crops to be introduced in Africa. Nigeria is one of the pilot countries for introduction.

The position:
Country Crop Manager-Cassava-Nigeria (CCM-Cassava-Ng) as a full-time position for the HarvestPlus Challenge Program. The CCM-Cassava-Ng will report to the Product Delivery Manager Africa (PDM-Af). The CCM-Cassava-Ng will be the primary contact for the cross discipline integration of the research, development, testing and delivery work on beta-carotene fortified cassava in Nigeria. This will lead to an efficient introduction and acceptance by farmers and consumers / customers of the fortified cassava in all regions of introduction. The work will include both the introduction and market support to biofortified cassava in all regions of Nigeria.

Together with the PDM-Af and the colleague CCMs in the region, the CCM-Cassava-Ng will contribute to HarvestPlus Africa programs on advocacy and support fund raising work.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:
Support the development and lead the implementation of the HarvestPlus cassava-Nigeria dissemination strategy, including timelines, marketing studies required, the range of collaborating organizations which will need to be engaged, and budgets.

Integrate and harmonise all activities related to the development and introduction of cassava in Nigeria to ensure a smooth transition from research to development to field testing to delivery. As such, be the first contact person for any information, program or development regarding biofortified cassava in Nigeria.

Based on the implementation strategy and available resource s, manage programs and projects that support the introduction of biofortified cassava in Nigeria. Identify staffing requirements and develop both public and private organisations to fulfil critical tasks in the strategy.

Support a scaling out strategy / structure for biofortified cassava adoption outside Nigeria. Ensure that the full Nigerian experience will be available for others to use.

Together with the PDM-Af and regional CCMs, build the HarvestPlus Africa leadership team.

Represent HarvestPlus before national stakeholders.

Qualifications and Experience:

Requirements for the position include:

Proven experience in leading and managing complex programs, most preferably including public private partnerships.

Able to bring private market techniques and forces to bear, among other tools, for uptake and scale-up of new products/technologies.

Extensive experience in Nigeria and in one or more of the following areas:

- Farm extension and seed systems

- Market and product development

- Demand creation/behavior change communication

Experience in working across cultures and have a good understanding of Nigerian institutions.

Basic understanding and desire to learn about breeding, farming, nutrition, rural health care systems, impact assessment as well as monitoring and evaluation of development programs.

Collaborative, able to work well with teams.

Ability to conceptualize and initialize developments.

Articulate speaker/advocate, fluent in English.

Willingness to undertake regular travel.

Preferably of Nigerian citizenship

Desirable qualifications include:

Experience in working with/contacts in the private sector

Experience in working with/contacts in the NGO community

Experience with executing advocacy programs

Knowledge of pro-poor strategies; gender-sensitive approaches

Terms of Employment:

This position is a two-year fixed term, renewable appointment with probation period.

HarvestPlus is interested in increasing this diversity of its staff and particularly encourages applications from both women and ethnic minority professionals from West-Africa.

Method Of Application
Please send a CV and short introduction letter to Harrie Hendrickx at:

To read more details of this vacancy, click here


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