Communication and Capacity Development Officer at IITA - International Institute of Tropical Agricul

Closing Date: 15 October, 2018

Experience: 3 years

Location: Abuja

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is one of the world’s 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. It is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future.

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2018-0034 About the Program

  • The WINNN program: WINNN is an eight-year (September 2011—March 2019) program funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) to improve maternal and child nutrition in five states of northern Nigeria namely Jigawa, Zamfara, Kebbi, Katsina, and Yobe.

  • WINNN is designed to support the piloting of a set of evidence-based nutrition-specific interventions; micro-nutrient supplementation, community management of acute malnutrition (CMAM), infant and young child feeding (IYCF) counselling, and to support institutionalization of the interventions within routine healthcare.

Job Descriptions

  • The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking to recruit an agronomist/seed system specialist Project Associate (PA) to implement ‘Nutrition Sensitive Kitchen Garden Interventions with Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) and Other Vegetables under ‘Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) Program’. This PA will be based in Jigawa State, with occasional training and supervision duties in Yobe State.

  • She/he will work under the supervision of the CIP Country Manager (WINNN-Kitchen Garden Coordinator) and co-report to the WINNN Deputy Chief of Party.

The Project

  • The overall goal of this orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) led garden product project is to improve food and nutrition security and livelihoods for women and children, especially improved diet diversity in two of the five WINNN states implementing during the cost extension period.

  • The project seeks to catalyze broad support for OFSP and its use in strategic initiatives including Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) program (first cohort), mothers/care givers of recovered Severe and Acute Malnourished (SAM) clients in small scale food processing, school feeding, and wheat import substitution in commercial food processing in this region.

Duties Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

  • Develop communication strategy and plan for the project;

  • Develop and design IEC materials to different targeted audience of the project;

  • Work with local media to create awareness on the nutritional benefits of homestead kitchen gardens;

  • Produce video teaching aid on the selected crop planting and processing for beneficiaries’ use;

  • Work with Agricultural and IYCF counsellors to facilitate training of beneficiaries on the production and processing of the selected nutritious foods in the kitchen gardens;

  • Train the WINNN project IYCF support group members and recovered SAM mothers/care givers to use OFSP and other selected nutritious crops to process bioavailable nutritious foods for improved nutrition and livelihoods;

  • Create awareness, sensitize and educate communities and the beneficiary groups on OFSP and nutritious foods in the two selected states;

  • Create demand, identify and link markets for OFSP in the two selected states for improved livelihoods of the beneficiaries;

  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.


  • B.Sc/HND in Mass Communication or related field with minimum of three (3) years’ experience performing same or related role.


  • Proficient in English language.

  • Strong inter-personal/cultural & communication skill.

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

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Method of Application

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

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.

Note: IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from female candidates.

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