17 Feb 2016

Full-Time Maize Seed Systems Specialist at IITA Ibadan Oyo state

Toni AdewunmiIbadan, Oyo, Nigeria

Job Description

Ref. IITA-HR-NRS2016-010 Position Title: Maize Seed Systems Specialist
Location: Ibadan Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable
Date Posted: 15th February 2016 Closing Date: 1st March 2016
HarvestPlus is an interdisciplinary, global alliance of more than 200
scientific and implementation partners in over 40 countries that seeks to
reduce hidden hunger and provide micronutrients to billions of people
directly through the staple foods that they eat. HarvestPlus uses a novel
process called biofortification, based on conventional plant breeding, to
achieve higher levels of micronutrients in high-yielding, high-profit varieties
of key staple foods. HarvestPlus is a joint venture between two CGIAR
Centers, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) based in
Cali, Colombia and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
based in Washington, D.C. Both Institutions are committed to reduce
hunger and poverty around the world through their research activities.
With the first wave of provitamin-A dense maize varieties released and being
commercialized in Nigeria, HarvestPlus and CIAT are recruiting a dynamic,
results-oriented Maize Seed Systems Specialist to support the accelerated
deployment of Vita-A maize. Vitamin-A deficiency is widespread in Nigeria,
and the project is mainstreaming maize to help broaden the food options for
addressing Vitamin A deficiency in Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria.
The position will be based at HarvestPlus – Nigeria in Ibadan.
Position: Maize Seed Systems Specialist (Managerial Position)
Location: Ibadan
Contract: 2-year renewable contract
Main Responsibilities
The Maize Seed Systems Specialist will play a key role in planning,
organizing and implementing the seed production and seed
commercialization plans for HarvestPlus Nigeria. This requires working
closely with relevant public and private sector partners in R&D and
deployment at the country level. In supporting HarvestPlus in-country
product development and delivery plans, the Maize Seed Systems Specialist
will assure that hybrid/OPV release and seed production targets are met in
forming operational or strategic partnerships under commercial, social and
mixed marketing situations. Additional responsibilities will include training
of private and public partners in all activities related to maize hybrid/OPV
evaluation, lead identification and seed production.
The specific responsibilities for the Maize Seed Systems Specialist shall
 With relevant public/private sector partners: plan, organize, and
implement seed production and commercialization plans, including
inbred line maintenance, production of breeders, pre-basic and basic
seed of parental lines for increased commercial seed production.
 Engage with private sector and community-based seed producers in
developing a sustainable market for seed and monitor the production
of high quality seeds for marketing.
 With partners, improve the capacity of public/private sector partners
in the seed systems (including small/medium-sized seed companies,
CBOs and NGOs) through development of training modules on seed
production, seed business management, seed multiplication, seed
marketing, quality assurance, etc.); technical backstopping.
 Ensure effective networking, collaboration and communication with
partners in Nigeria.
Closely collaborate and coordinate maize seed activities with
HarvestPlus-Nigeria Country Manager to improve overall project
 Liaise with IITA in the licensing of released biofortified maize varieties
facilitated by HarvestPlus.
 Collaborate with the Regional Seed Systems Specialist in the bulking
of parent seed/ lines of leads entered for National Variety Trials so as
to shorten time to Market of released varieties.
 Technically backstop the production of seed by licensed seed
companies especially the pre-basic and basic seed.
 Facilitate the commercial production of biofortified seed by licensed
seed companies.
 Inspect seed fields under production by licensed seed companies for
compliance with the seed certification standards.
 Work with Demand Creation Specialist and technically support the
laying out of demonstrations and conducting of field days to promote
biofortified maize by HarvestPlus-Nigeria.
 Facilitate field days conducted by seed companies for the promotion of
biofortified crops.
 Facilitate seed promotions including point of sale materials and
activations to support increased purchase and production of
biofortified crops.
 Monitor seeds produced by seed companies from production through
 Establish outreach of biofortified seeds in terms of beneficiaries sold
to by seed companies on the basis of seed sales.
 Liaise between seed companies licensed to produce and sell
biofortified seed and HarvestPlus country program.
 Inform HarvestPlus of any factors that may hinder economic
production of seeds of biofortified maize.
 Any other duties as may be assigned by the Country Manager
Competencies and Experience
The candidate shall have the following competencies, skills and experience
and/or shall have successfully demonstrated these attributes in actual work
 Maize seed production, management of demonstration and validation
trials, variety release procedures, seed regulations, seed quality,
experimental design, field trial management, data analyses using
different statistical programs, and field experimental operations.
 Seed value chain, seed sector development, seed business management,
and seed deployment/commercialization.
 Commercial maize seed production management and seed
 Ability to work both persuasively and diplomatically in a team-based
 Demonstrated competency in developing and implementing effective
seed strategies.
 Ability to evaluate, and improve the efficiency of business processes and
procedures to enhance speed, quality, efficiency, and output.
 Ability to build effective partnerships across the various parts of the
seed supply chain.
 Exceptional drive and entrepreneurship and ability to motivate others.
 Strong negotiation and consensus building skills
 Hands-on problem-solver with strong analytical abilities and endproduct
 Agree to intensive travel.
 Speak and write English fluently.
Master’s degree with specialization in Plant breeding, Agronomy, Seed
technology or related fields with five years relevant experience in seed
systems management.
The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria and
general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an
exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills for this job.
We offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive fringe benefits and
excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment.
Interested applicants should forward their applications with detailed
curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format to IITA
website:http://www.iita.org/careers no later than Two Weeks from the
date of this publication: The application must include the names and e-mail
addresses of three professional referees who must include either the Head
of applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct
supervisor/superior officer at work and evidence of current remuneration
IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly
welcomes applications from female candidates.

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