Vacancies at The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Vacancies at The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Vacancies at The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Vacancies at The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a non-profit organisation that develops agricultural solutions to address Africa’s most serious issues of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource depletion. We promote lives, improve food and nutrition security, boost employment, and protect natural resource integrity by collaborating with numerous partners across Sub-Saharan Africa. IITA is a member of the CGIAR, a worldwide agriculture research alliance dedicated to ensuring food security in the future.

1). Head of School, International School of IITA

Location: Ibadan, Oyo

Employment Type: Contract


  • The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the internationally recruited position of Head of School, International School of IITA.
  • The International School of IITA offers a unique and rewarding work environment for educators and staff. The school is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School that offers the IB Primary Years Programme, providing a world-class education to the children of nationally and internationally recruited staff at IITA. It has a small middle school that offers a hybrid of Cambridge curriculum married to an approach to learning and teaching that is becoming more inquiry-based, student-centred and concept driven.
  • The school’s mission is to develop internationally minded, lifelong learners who will be knowledgeable, caring, and open-minded, through inquiry-based learning, to create a better and more peaceful world. The school has the vision to be a world-class school that develops students who will be internationally minded, lifelong learners in a conducive, supportive, and safe environment.
  • We offer a comprehensive education that emphasizes the development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication skills in a multicultural and multilingual setting. The school community is committed to academic excellence, personal development, and social responsibility. Teachers at the school have the opportunity to be a part of a dynamic and passionate team that is dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of their students.
  • Additionally, the school provides international professional development opportunities for its staff, helping to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful educators. The school also offers a collaborative work environment, where staff members are encouraged to share ideas and best practices. With access to state-of-the-art facilities, a commitment to academic excellence, and a supportive work environment, the school is an excellent choice for anyone looking to make a positive impact on the lives of students.
  • Located in Nigeria, the 1000-hectare IITA campus is situated in a serene and secure location, surrounded by lush vegetation, a lake, and a forest centre. This natural environment provides a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, making it the perfect place to call home. Not only does the campus offer a beautiful and peaceful environment, but it also provides a wide range of recreational and educational facilities that are available to residents.
    • Located in Nigeria, the 1000-hectare IITA campus is situated in a serene and secure location, surrounded by lush vegetation, a lake, and a forest centre. This natural environment provides a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, making it the perfect place to call home. Not only does the campus offer a beautiful and peaceful environment, but it also provides a wide range of recreational and educational facilities that are available to residents.
    • IITA provides a wide range of sports and recreation facilities onsite for the use of residents. These include a swimming pool, a basketball court, a football field, tennis courts, a squash court, and a golf course. IITA also has a well-equipped gymnasium, making it easy to stay active and healthy while living on campus.
    • The IITA Forest Centre is a unique feature of the campus, which provides a natural environment for learning, research, and relaxation. The forest is a great place to take a walk and explore the local flora and fauna, as well as a place to relax and unwind.
    • Not only does the IITA campus offer a beautiful natural environment and recreational facilities, but it also provides a wide range of educational opportunities in tropical agriculture and other environmental issues. IITA has research facilities such as a library, a herbarium, world-class laboratories, and a gene bank. The Knowledge Center (Library) has a wide range of books, journals, and other resources, making it easy to stay up to date on the latest research.
    • The herbarium is a collection of dried plant specimens, which is used for research and identification of plant species. The laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and are used for research in various fields including plant breeding, genetics, and biotechnology. The gene bank is a repository of plant genetic materials, which is used for research and conservation of plant diversity. These facilities provide exceptional opportunities for educators to develop outstanding learning experiences for their students.
    • The Head of School’s role is to provide strategic leadership and professional management for The International School of IITA. This will secure success and improvement for the school; ensure high-quality education and personalized learning for all its pupils and high standards and achievement in all areas of the school’s work.

    Position Responsibilities

    • The Head of School will provide input as required in the development of international standard educational activities for school-age children in IITA.
    • The Head of school will act as Designated Safeguarding Lead for IITA in Ibadan.

At the International School of IITA:
The head of school is:

  • A 21st-century leader, comfortable with technology integration, committed to promoting academic excellence in all areas and committed to embodying international mindedness and the IB Learner Profile.

Strategic Leadership:
The head of school will:

  • Lead a strategic review of the school mission, vision, and strategy with stakeholders in the school and IITA community.
  • Ensure the school strategic plan reflects a commitment to the IB mission and philosophy alongside a commitment to the vision of IITA and CGIAR.
  • Promote the school within IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria, and internationally to enable IITA to recruit the best staff from across the globe to further its mission.
  • Lead the pedagogical leadership team and school management team.
  • Identify key issues within the school and report to/advise the IITA Management.
  • Ensure that the school remains at the forefront of educational thinking.
  • Responsible for the supervision, appraisal, and professional development of staff. This may be done directly or through members of the management team.
  • Responsible for the coordination and leadership of curriculum review and development of all sections recommended in the PYP Evaluation Report, to be published after the visit in January 2024, and the PYP Programme Standards and Practices in conjunction with the pedagogical leadership team.
  • Responsible for admission of new students to the school.
  • Responsible for the coordination of assemblies and special events in conjunction with the pedagogical leadership team.
  • Responsible for the oversight of curriculum enhancement activities in the school.
  • Responsible for regular independent assessment of children’s progress in the school using appropriate benchmarking tools.
  • Responsible for ensuring the school achieves and maintains international accreditation in line with the agreed strategic plan.
  • Review the school organogram as necessary and oversee all recruitment and appointments in school alongside the IITA People and Culture Unit.
  • Oversee the in-service staff training for school staff including in-house training, national training and international training.
  • Maintain a strong sense of unity within the school community.
  • Promote high standards of behaviour in the school.
  • Build and promote a strong sense of motivation among staff and other members of the school community

Across IITA more widely:
The head of school will:

  • Support IITA to develop environmental education and agricultural education programmes by providing pedagogical input as required.
  • Act as Designated Safeguarding Lead for IITA in Ibadan.
  • Provide advice on child safeguarding in other IITA stations as necessary.
  • Identify areas of concern within the International School, other childcare provisions, and IITA HQ more widely regarding child safeguarding and report to IITA Management.

Educational Qualifications and Experience:

  • Graduate Degree (Master’s) in International Education, Education Management, Education Leadership, or a related field.
  • At least five years of international experience as head of school or administrator of a sizeable school division.
  • Fluency in English.

Core Competencies:

  • A passionate, capable, and committed school leader with the capacity, skills, and knowledge to lead the faculty.
  • A high visibility leader with an open, warm, and friendly demeanour.
  • A team player who is inspired to collaborate, excited to explore new ideas, and willing to learn from others.
  • An excellent communicator with strong writing and speaking skills.
  • A confident leader who displays humility, empathy, and is a good listener.
  • A leader who is experienced in building positive relationships, and is equipped with the
  • An effective time manager with good organizational skills and the ability to look at things in detail.
  • Lives and breathes IB values.
  • Interpersonal skills needed to successfully manage the human complexities of an international school community – a patient and calm individual with a willingness to listen and reflect, but decisive whenever decisions need to be made.

Additional Competencies:

  • Have an interest in developing our middle school programme.

The contract will be for an initial period of three years. IITA offers an internationally competitive remuneration package paid in U.S. Dollars.

Application Closing Date
25th November 2023.


2). Oracle Applications Database Administrator

Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Employment Type: Full-time


  • Install, configure, and support database management systems (Oracle & SQL databases) and related software to resolve highly complex and/or unique issues without precedent and/or structure. Work on databases using more advanced database administration concepts.
  • Day to day activities for ERP and/or Database including but not limited to creating, cloning, patching, code migration, performance tuning, capacity planning, database monitoring, administration, user management, backup/recovery management, SR management, monitoring applications and its services, documentation
  • Install, Upgrade, Configure, Clone, Patching & Managing of Oracle eBusiness Suite 12.7
  • Responsible for EBS System Administration – User/Role Management, Responsibilities Management, Concurrent Manager/Requests Management.
  • Act as liaison to Oracle ERP and other internal applications teams.
  • Ensure and maintain highly available databases.
  • Take responsibility for database performance optimization, backup and recovery strategies and implementation, as well as monitoring the overall health of the database environment.
  • Provide on-going system administration and technical support.
  • Experience in Oracle RAC, DR Setups, DataGuard, RMAN, load balancers and Fine-tunning Weblogic.
  • Experience in hang analyzer, system state dump, SQL tuning, AWR analysis and Trace analysis.
  • Evaluate and test marketplace tools and utilities, including system integration and automation, which enhance server functionality and promote the development of RDBMS applications.
  • Maintain documentation and contribute to the ongoing development of new standards.
  • Ensure proper disaster recovery procedures are in place and adhered to.
  • Responsible for contribution and adherence to standards that ensure the integrity and security of the enterprise’s data resources.
  • Ensure compliance with IITA Oracle license agreement.
  • Provide technical guidance and mentoring to others in areas of expertise.
  • Oracle EBS R12 modules user support (Finance & Supply chain, iExpense)
  • Hands on experience in Oracle Cloud environment will be an added advantage.
  • Perform any other job-related duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.


  • Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems (MIS), Engineering or related field with a minimum of six (6) years’ experience performing a similar role in a well-structured environment.

The ideal candidate must:

  • Have experience configuring and maintaining Oracle Dataguard/RAC/RMAN
  • Have MS SQL Server database administration experience.
  • Have Oracle DBA, Apps DBA or other relevant certification.
  • Have organizational and documentation skills.
  • Have experience supporting critical systems especially Oracle EBS R12.7.
  • Have sound troubleshooting and analytical skills.
  • Have experience working with remote teams and ability to communicate effectively.
  • Have experience supporting EBS financials and Supply chain Modules SCM.
  • Have experience supporting Oracle cloud and ERP cloud applications.


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

Application Closing Date
31st October 2023.



3). Communication Manager

Job Code: IITA/P&C/NRS2023-046
Location: Abuja
Employment Type: Contract
Duration: 1-year renewable contract

Internal Communications and Knowledge Management:

  • Develop and direct the implementation of the communications strategy for HarvestPlus, ensuring integration and alignment with the country office strategy, and targeting key audiences to build profile and support for HarvestPlus work.
  • Provide technical, editorial, documentation, and communication support during project events such as Nutritious Food Fair, farmers’ days etc.
  • Develop compelling stories – features, photo and video stories, and events that reinforce HarvestPlus brand, while managing regular and efficient sharing and exchange of information through effective internal communications to bring to life HarvestPlus work.
  • Manage delivery of core communications resources and assets, including reports, briefings, factsheets, and profiles and coordinate production (design and printing) in line with HarvestPlus brand guidelines, and manage distribution.
  • Develop relevant documents, including strategies, proposals, donor reports and other technical documents, to ensure proper reporting with well-written and clear communication messages.
  • Work with relevant staff to develop communication materials including press releases, newsletters, articles, website pages, brochures, banners, posters, guidelines etc, to support partners and investors.
  • Provide technical advice and support to unit leaders and other staff in planning and developing relevant information and communications products and organize in-house media training for staff as necessary.
  • Develop and evaluate the feasibility, efficiency and quality of Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials.

External and Media Engagement:

  • Maintain positive profile through impactful media and outreach campaigns across key external online and offline communications channels.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with targeted online, print and broadcast journalists, editorial writers, bloggers and columnists, as well as other media influencers, and mobilize them for HarvestPlus events.
  • Monitor the media landscape with special focus on brand and image attacks and work with appropriate internal stakeholders to formulate responses as required.
  • Limit and prevent crisis communications by providing frequent updates and critical messaging on FAQs.
  • Oversee and manage the program’s digital media strategy, ensuring that website and social media channels content are updated and engaging.
  • Contribute to communication capacity-building for partners and stakeholders, including developing training programs and guidelines to support and ensure partners can detect, shape and tell their stories of social change and ensure these stories are further incorporated to wider HarvestPlus communications.
  • Proactively identify media opportunities and, in close liaison with HarvestPlus partners, plan and implement media events including press conferences.
  • Oversee monitoring of the current and future news agenda to identify and exploit communications opportunities, manage press enquires and pursue opportunities for promoting HarvestPlus
  • Oversee management of media contact and communications database and execute and monitor media strategies and activities, including press conferences, one-to-one briefings, press releases, and other written materials.
  • Link HarvestPlus Nigeria advocacy campaigns to other regional and international campaigns, and keep stakeholders and partners informed on various HarvestPlus activities.

Event organization and management:

  • Lead the planning and execution of all program and advocacy events ensuring adherence to standards and event objectives.
  • Post-event evaluation – analyze executed events against targets and objectives.
  • Innovate means of improving on the successful execution of events
  • Provide support to partners in planning, and execution of advocacy or programs events in their various locations.

Social Media and Website management:

  • Create and upload engaging social media content using graphics and illustrations to increase awareness and sensitization of stakeholders.
  • Monitor all social media conversations, mentions, and other activities and provide feedback to questions and comments.
  • Collect and share feedback from social media channels with relevant Unit.
  • Assist in updating information on HarvestPlus website.
  • Perform any other job-related tasks as may be assigned by the Supervisor.


  • Master’s Degree in Mass Communication, Agricultural Extension Communication or Journalism or related field with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience performing similar role in a well-structured environment.
  • Training in development communication, graphic designs and video editing will be an added advantage.

The ideal candidate must:

  • Have Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Have relevant work experience in agricultural project or development communication.
  • Be experience in advocacy campaign and capacity-building.


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

Deadline: 27th October, 2023.

How to Apply: Interested and qualified candidates should use the links below to apply:

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