Farm Supervisor at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)


The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is one of the worlds 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.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture seeks suitable Nigerian for the position below at the Institute’s headquarters in Abuja:

Job Title: Farm Supervisor

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2017-0019
Location: Abuja

Recruitment Type: National (3-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 frooffsite 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 Abuja station.
  • Supervise planting and harvesting of cover crops.
  • Assist in the management of the entire Abuja Farm to international standard.
  • Train the trainers on tractorization.
  • Perform any other farm duties as may be assigned by the Head of Station.


  • Minimum of B.Sc/HND in General Agriculture or Agricultural Engineering or any other Agricultural Extension related discipline with at least 3years working experience preferably in a very large farm.

The ideal candidate must have:

  • The ability to manage multiple priorities/tasks effectively.
  • A 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.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • The ability to drive IITA’searthmoving equipment and vehicles with a valid Driver’s license.

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

Application Closing Date

25th April, 2017.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed 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.

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