Fresh Jobs at The 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.

Farm Supervisor

  • Job Type Full Time
  • Qualification BA/BSc/HND
  • Experience 5 years
  • Location Kano
  • Job Field Agriculture/Agro-Allied


Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

  • Supervise land preparation (mowing ridging, harrowing etc.) within IITA and offsite stations;
  • Jointly attend to and educate students, farmers, and other bodies during excursions to IITA with the Visitors Assistant;
  • Assist in driving IITA trucks to and fro offsite stations to convey Tractors, equipment and implements;
  • Supervise operators on the use and maintenance of Tractors and implements;
  • Coordinate the multiplication of all IITA mandate varieties including cover crops;
  • Initiate the establishment of irrigation facilities in Kano station;
  • Supervise planting and harvesting of cover crops;
  • Assist in the management of the entire Kano Farm to international standard;
  • Coordinate training on tractorization;
  • Perform any other farm duties as may be assigned by the Head of Station.


  • B.Sc/HND in Agricultural Engineering or any other Agricultural Extension related discipline with at least 5 years working experience preferably in a very large farm.

The ideal candidate must have:

  • The ability to manage multiple priorities/tasks effectively;
  • Good knowledge of Agronomy and/or Farm Management
  • The ability to work with little or no supervision under pressure in agricultural working environment;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Have strong computer skills;
  • Have ability to drive IITA’s earthmoving equipment and vehicles with a valid Driver’s license.


Equipment Operator

  • Job Type Full Time
  • Qualification Secondary School (SSCE)
  • Experience 5 years
  • Location Kano
  • Job Field Engineering / Technical


Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)


  • Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:
  • Operate Tractor for mowing, ridging, spraying and harrowing;
  • Mark fields using marker;  Trail and Plough for research field operation;
  • Spray research field with spraying machine;
  • Apply fertilizer to research field;
  • Carryout harvest operations with harvester; Attend to minor repairs when necessary;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.


  • SSCE or Trade Test with valid professional class E drivers’ licence and with at least five (5) years tractor operations working experience.


  • Must be strong and agile.
  • Have ability to work under pressure with minimum supervision.
  • Must be hardworking, honest and trustworthy.


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

Method of Application

Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.

Applicants should complete the online application attaching their Cover Letter with detailed Curriculum Vitae saved in a single file 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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