Soybean Agronomist (Ref: DDG-R4D/SA/04/14) in Abuja, Nigeria

at IITA

Industry
Research
Specialization
Research
Minimum Qualification
Master's Degree
Required Experience
10 - 15 years
Employment Type
Part-Time
Gender
Male or Female

Job Description

Background: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the position of Soybean Agronomist.

Responsibilities

Position / Responsibilities

The tasks of the Soybean Agronomist will include:

  • Set-up a soybean research and delivery platform with a coalition of partners and key actors including Agricultural Research Institutes and the State Agricultural and Rural Development Programs, farmers organisations, input and output dealers, related projects, NGOs and policy makers.
  • Organize inception meetings and workshops to plan, review and implement agreed activities with some programs organized by the IITA Youth Agripreneurs specifically for youth.
  • Train technicians and extension agents in the management of soybean technology evaluations and data collection.
  • Monitor project implementation and progress over time.
  • Use decision support tools to predict the performance of soybean varieties in a range of agro-ecologies in Nigeria.
  • Establish large-scale demonstration plots to show-case and promote high yielding soybean varieties.
  • Conduct farmer field days to increase awareness of improved high yielding soybean varieties and other relevant technologies with some programs organized by the IITA Youth Agripreneurs specifically for youth.
  • Develop and disseminate mobile messages and radio micro-programs on improved high yielding soybean varieties and other relevant technologies.
  • Produce a toolkit for farmers on good agronomic practices to be distributed via agro-dealers.
  • Produce breeder and foundation seeds of soybean for distribution to seed companies and community-based seed producers.
  • Establish community-based seed schemes for the production and marketing of seeds for improved soybean varieties with some programs organized by the IITA Youth Agripreneurs specifically for youth.
  • Link community-based seed producers to seed companies for the production and marketing of improved soybean varieties.
  • Perform any other responsibilities that may be assigned by the supervisor.

Requirements

Educational Qualifications

The candidate should have an MSC in Plant Breeding, Agronomy, Pathology and any related field.

Core Competencies:

  • Strong knowledge of plant health.
  • Minimum of 10 years relevant working experience with legumes.
  • Good skills in MS Office and general knowledge of computers.
  • Ability to follow instructions and work independently where necessary.
  • Good organizational skills and demonstrated ability to work under pressure.
  • Be available to work outside office hours and for extended hours where necessary.
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