APPLY: Procurement Officer at IITA – International Institute of Tropical Agriculture


IITA (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture) is guided by an ambitious strategy–to lift 11.5 million people out of poverty and revitalize 7.5 million hectares of farmland by 2020. We are a nonprofit organization founded in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and supported by several countries.

As one of 15 research centers in the CGIAR, a global partnership for a food secure future, IITA is engaged in several CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). Our mission is to enhance food security and improve livelihoods in Africa through research for development (R4D).

Applications are invited from interested and qualified candidates to apply for the role of Procurement Officer at IITA.

Procurement Officer I

Job Specifications:

  • Full Time
  • Required Qualifications: BA/BSC/HND

Job Description:

  • Assist in the development and maintenance of documented standards for procurement governance and procurement processes, which result in value for money outcomes and minimize procurement risk.
  • Assist the procurement management to develop and maintain organizational procurement capacity by providing training and support to staff with regard to procurement processes and governance.
  • Provide operational support and advice to procurement management and staff in relation to procurement, contracting and contractor’s management.
  • Establish and maintain a Contract Register of prospective, potential and existing sources of supply.
  • Facilitate and coordinate best practice tendering and contracting.
  • Review tender documents for compliance with standards.
  • Assist with the preparation of tender recommendation for approval under delegated authority.
  • Assist with the preparation of tender recommendation for approval.
  • Review proposed contract documentation and prepare contract documents for approval.
  • Utilize Risk Management skills to ensure contractors and suppliers always have appropriate insurance/Work Cover/bonds.
  • Manage contracts assigned to ensure compliance with specifications and service, quality and delivery standards.
  • Facilitate expenditure reviews to identify opportunities to add value through improved procurement.
  • Develop and maintain a reporting system, which measures the contribution of the procurement processes.
  • Promote excellent customer service. Identify, review and implement strategies to improve service, quality and efficiency.
  • Maintain strong team relationships among colleagues and community groups, on a formal and informal basis across all levels.
  • Ensure the security of the department properties and assets, and maintain a commitment to the care of all properties and assets.
  • Perform any other job-related task as may be assigned by the Supervisors.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • B.Sc / HND in Purchasing and Supply or related field with a minimum of four (4) years’ experience performing similar role in a well-structured environment. Possession of CIPSMN is an added advantage.

The ideal candidate must:

  • Have good communication skills (writing, reading, and speaking).
  • Have ability to use basic Microsoft software (word, excel, PowerPoint).
  • Have ability to use Oracle Application.
  • Have good interpersonal skills.

Security Assistant

Job Specifications:

  • Full Time
  • Required Qualifications: OND
  • Location: Oyo | Nigeria. 
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Job Description:
  • Assist in maintaining liaison with the outsourced security company management to ensure effective and efficient contract guards service delivery as it relates to guard’ welfare, kitting, equipment supply and compliance with contractual agreement.
  • Supervise security guards’ work performance to ensure value for money.
  • Prepare weekly duty roaster for all security guards and supervisors, such that continuity of security functions in the institute is always ensured.
  • Undertake a regular patrol of the Ibadan campus facility and ensure that all infringements are reported immediately.
  • Assist in ensuring adherence to all security rules, regulations, and procedures relating to entry/exit, control of the movement of institute properties, searching of materials, persons, loaded vehicles, and other security and safety operations are strictly observed and addressed.
  • Assist in responding to incidents, emergencies, inquiries, investigations, and information on security related problems.
  • Assist in arranging for the training and induction of newly recruited guards deployed to the institute and ensure the maintenance of high level of discipline among the guards and supervisors.
  • Attend security and safety meetings and prepare incidents report.
  • Perform any other job-related task as may be assigned by the Supervisors.
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • National Diploma in Intelligence and Security Management or any other related field with a minimum of three (3) years’ experience performing a similar role in a well-structured environment.

The ideal candidate must:

  • Have good communication skills (writing, reading, and speaking).
  • Ability to use basic Microsoft software (word, excel, PowerPoint).
  • Have good leadership qualities with a mature outlook and integrity.
  • Have good interpersonal skills and a balanced sense of judgment.
  • Have experience in security supervisory cadre, security and safety training on crime prevention, access and egress control.
  • Have experience in loss prevention, industrial first aid, fire risk survey and control in industries.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should apply by clicking on the BUTTONS below.


  • 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.
  • IITA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse workforce, particularly welcoming applications from women. 
  • While all applications will be acknowledged, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Procurement Officer I

Store Attendant

Security Assistant

Deadline: February 6, 2023


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