Administrative Assistant at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (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. IITA is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future.

Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Employment Type: Contract (2 year renewable contract)


  • Assist the scientists and team members with day-to-day administrative processes and functions in concert with East Africa banana program Administrator.
  • Facilitate organization of project meetings/events and travel by assisting with flight and hotel booking, travel authorization, visa requests, travel advances and expense claims.
  • Manage inventories of program assets and supplies and process FMS work order requests
  • Raise and process purchase requisition and follow up with Supply chain and finance to ensure efficient delivery.
  • Maintain project staff records (Staff, consultants, students and interns) and assist with processing contracts and payments.
  • Liaise with PDAU and Finance Directorate and follow-up on timely submission of donor & collaborator reports and payments as scheduled on relevant agreements.
  • Assist with compilation of project and related reports and uploading on designated reporting platforms with support from plantain breeding scientists.
  • Perform all other job-related duties that may be assigned by the program scientists or other senior team members.


  • B.Sc / HND in Business Administration, Public Administration or related field with a minimum of three (3) years experience performing a similar role in a well-structured environment.

The ideal candidate must:

  • Have excellent writing and oral communication skills in English
  • Be proficient in MS-Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) with demonstrated experience with setting up and providing support for online meetings using Zoom or MS Teams.
  • Be well organized, able to multitask and work under pressure to meet deadlines with keen attention to detail.
  • Have a positive attitude, strong team spirit and the ability to work well in a diverse team.


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

Application Closing Date
22nd December, 2023.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should

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