Research Associate: EiA Ghana - International Institute of Tropical Agriculture



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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. 

To find out more about IITA, visit our websites at http://www.iita.org.

Job Description

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) seeks to recruit a RESEARCH ASSOCIATE under the Excellence in Agronomy Initiative (EiA) - Ghana.

Duty Station: Tamale, Ghana with some travel to project implementation sites

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POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

The Research Associate – EiA Ghana will perform the following duties, among others: 

  • Compile data sets from field trials, and secondary data sets for supporting project report development.
  • Share data sets, literature, and reports to Project Team according to CIAT’s data and knowledge management policies.
  • Lead in data analysis and in writing scientific reports and publications
  • Take overall leadership on field-related activities:
  • Design, draft and share field protocols and experimental plans with team for further input and finalization
  • Conduct field data collection across multiple sites in Northern Ghana
  • Draft and proofread project reports on field trials conducted with Partners and share timely feedback with Project Leader 
  • Establish functional on-ground partnerships with the Ministry of Agriculture, NARS in the Region and private sector entities to take Agronomy to scale
  • Supervise research technicians, field workers, interns and other staff working in the field 

Required Skills or Experience

  • MSc in Agronomy, Horticulture or other agricultural-related physical sciences
  • Minimum of five years of field experience working with multiple partners including setting up on-farm trials
  • Core Competencies 
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Office products (including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint).
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, but also participate as a team member in the accomplishment of duties. 
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to maintain a timely and efficient workflow. 
  • A positive attitude and strong service orientation. 
  • Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and sound judgment. 
  • Experience in supervising, monitoring and mentoring other team members.
  • Ability to work in a multi?cultural and multi-disciplinary environment
  • Knowledge of French is required

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