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Field Assistant/Driver 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.

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties: 

  • Assist in driving AfricaYam project vehicles to convey authorized staffs and visiting partners;
  • Drive vehicles on errands for project activities and assist in the execution of projects activities in lab, screen house, glass house and field;
  • Responsible for the day to day maintenance of project vehicles (cleaning of inside and outside, daily/regular check-up of the engine oil level, water level, the battery and the air filter etc.) and ensure vehicle documents are up to date and comply with minimum security operating standards (MSOS);
  • Ensure the work areas are clean at all times and maintain records of each trip details in the vehicle logbook;
  • Assist in land preparation, planting, crop management, harvesting, storage and data collection while assisting with general maintenance of screen houses, field trials, and storage barn;
  • Assist in office duties such as photocopying, sorting of documents etc.
  • Perform any other duty assigned by the Supervisor.


  • O'Level plus valid driver’s license with at least three (3) years’ professional driving experience, preferably with an international organization.

The ideal candidate must: 

  • Be familiar with Nigeria and West African routes and be prepared to work extra hours and during weekends.
  • Hard-working, courteous, and respectful. Ability to work with staff of diverse nationalities and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Be computer literate in using digital devices such as tablets.
  • Have good communication skills and fluent in writing, reading, and speaking in English. Have good driving skills.

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

How to Apply
Interested and qualified applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed 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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