Farm Supervisor Recruitment at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

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.

We are currently recruiting into the following position:

Position Title: Farm Supervisor

Location: Kano
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.

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

Application Deadline: January 2, 2018.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified 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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