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Job Vacancies At IITA (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture)

Job Vacancies At IITA

Job Vacancies At 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.

They are recruiting to fill the following positions below in Oyo State:

Job Title: Power House Operator II
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Contract: 3-year renewable contract

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

  • Operate and maintain both mechanical and electrical requirements in powerhouse e.g. generators, high voltage panels, ring main units, tripping units, batteries, high voltage underground cables, high voltage and low voltage circuit breakers.
  • Receive AGO on behalf of the unit
  • Assist powerhouse mechanics in carrying out repairs on all mechanical equipment;
  • Assist in general maintenance of all electrical equipment and installation;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


  • OND, Trade Test II/ Artisan Certificate in Electrical Engineering or its equivalent with two (2) years of experience performing similar function.


  • Good knowledge of powerhouse operations.

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

Application Deadline  27th March, 2018.


Job Title: Manager – Utility
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Contract: 3-year renewable contract

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

  • Manage overall functions and staff of powerhouse, electrical/gas and Water treatment sections;
  • Oversee functioning of main generators and switchgear in campus and ensure they are maintained at peak performance in order to provide backup power within 30 seconds of main power failure at all times;
  • Monitor operation of high voltage switchgear and changeover switches and repair or replace as needed;
  • Place order for spare parts or service needed for the generators, switchgear, transformers etc.;
  • Monitor the incoming high voltage power and overhead power lines in campus and call the electric company to repair or replace damaged power lines or insulators, oversee & verify electricity meter readings every month;
  • Maintain very good contacts with all officials of the electricity company, especially the emergency call out team;
  • Supervise the upkeep of all electric appliances, equipment, fixtures in labs, offices and field houses (plastic houses, green houses), residences and street lights
  • Manage the main water supply system including pumps at main dam and oversee the treatment and purification at the treatment plant;
  • Oversee working of fire alarm systems in all main buildings
  • Maintenance of swimming pool and sewage treatment plants;
  • Prepare periodic report of work done by the sections;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


  • M.Sc in Electrical Engineering or its equivalent with a minimum experience of thirteen (13) years performing similar functions in a structured organisation.


  • Must be familiar with the parts and procedures of different types of heavygenerators, alternators, etc.
  • Applicant must have excellent managerial and supervisory skills to handle the entire units.
  • Must have good time management and communication skills.

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

Application Deadline  27th March, 2018.


Job Title: Resident Manager, Hospitality and Travel Services
Ref: DDG-CS/RM/HTS/12/17
Location: Ibadan, Oyo

Position Profile

  • The position requires a dynamic and energetic individual who leads by example. A manager who can balance the official needs of the Institutes (workshops, conferences and visitors) with those of the multi-cultural resident community (staff with their families) and national staff while marketing its service to fellow organizations to maintain a zero budget.
  • Ideally with a strong food and beverage background, the successful individual would be looking for a challenge a little different than the mainstream hotel and hospitality industry.
  • A demanding and challenging task that can be incredibly rewarding for the right candidate.
  • There would be an initial period of training and integration with the current manger prior to taking full responsibility for the operation.

This position reports to the Deputy Director General-Corporate Services. The tasks are as follows:

  • Manage I-House, Ikeja Guest House, Abuja Guest House, Sports centre, all to international standards.
  • Manage bookings and the use of the IITA Ibadan Conference Centre.
  • Oversee canteen operations for 1500 national staff.
  • Oversee Travel Services.
  • Continue to enhance revenue generation through effective use of Hospitality and Travel Service facilities.
  • Ensure effective cost recovery of all operations, and meet the set zero budget targets.
  • Provide continuous staff training and good customer care.
  • Lead, recruit, develop and retain staff to deliver services in the most efficient and effective manner.
  • Plan and manage new acquisitions, maintenance and upgrade of facilities of all IITA guest houses as required.
  • Initiate energy saving methods.
  • Ensure delivery of effective client focused services.
  • Give professional support to leisure activities on the Ibadan compound and organize social events to enhance the quality of social life on IITA campus.
  • Develop and market the hospitality operation of the new environmental educational campsite.
  • Carry out any other duties as may be assigned by management.

Educational Qualifications

  • The candidate should have a post graduate college diploma or degree in Hospitality, Hotel Management or related field. Any related advanced degree will be an added advantage.

Core Competencies:

  • Minimum of 5 years proven experience in the hospitality business
  • Understanding of all hotel management best practices and relevant laws and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of international travel regulations, customs and currencies.
  • Solid understanding of hospitality procedure and best practices.
  • Excellent analytical mind with strong business acumen.
  • Ability to balance customer and business priorities.
  • Knowledge of quality standards (e.g. ISO).
  • Demonstrable aptitude in decision-making and problem-solving.
  • Reliable with ability to multi-task and work well under pressure.
  • Outstanding communication (oral and written) and good negotiation skills.
  • Excellent hands-on experience in customer service or sales management skills.
  • Good interpersonal, excellent leadership, people management and organizational skills.
  • Numeracy and logistical planning skills. Great attention to details.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural environment.
  • Work experience in the hospitality and travel business in Africa is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office and relevant software (e-g. ERP); knowledge of hotel management software (PMS) is an advantage.
  • Fluency in English; knowledge of other languages is a plus.

General information

  • The contract will be for an initial period of three years with possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding. IITA offers internationally competitive remuneration package paid in U.S. Dollars and housing (depending on the family situation and availability) on its Ibadan Campus.

Application Deadline  31st March, 2018.

How To Apply
Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed cover letter and 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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