Manager, Project Development and Administration

IITA(International institute of Tropical agriculture)

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IITA is one of the world’s leading research partners in finding solutions for hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. Its award-winning research-for-development (R4D) approach addresses the development needs of tropical countries. IITA works with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture. IITA is a non-profit organization founded in 1967 in Nigeria and governed by a Board of Trustees. IITA works on the following crops: cowpea, soybean, banana/plantain, yam, cassava, and maize. It is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food-secure future.


Job Description

The Manager of Project Development and Administration is to coordinate administrative aspects in relation to project development, initiation, implementation and closure to ensure alignment with IITA strategy, and internal and external administrative requirements.

The manager reports to the Head of PDAU.


Responsibilities :

  • Assist the Head, PDAU in developing efficient and effective processes and ensuring efficient management of all administrative aspects in the Unit
  • Provide effective administrative support to scientists and units in the development and submission of highly competitive proposals and subsequent phase investments.
  • Manage administrative aspects of project initiation, implementation and closure.
  • Coordinate input for timely submission of technical and financial reports to donors.
  • Support internal and external capacity development in project development and administration.


Educational Qualifications

  • The candidate should have MSc/PhD in Agriculture, International Development or similar, or MBA, or MA in international development.
  • Core Competencies:
  • At least 5 years of relevant job experience from international organizations/NGOs/donors, preferably linked to research in tropical agriculture or international development.
  • Experience in proposal development, project management, grant management or resource mobilization.
  • Experience in developing web/ICT-based administrative processes and procedures for large international organizations
  • Excellent and extensive organizational and administrative skills and experience.
  • Ability to work well in a multicultural setting.
  • Gender awareness.
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Power Point).
  • Experience with ICT-based administrative software.
  • Experience with MS Project an advantage.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Fluency in English, working knowledge of French a strong advantage.

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IITA(International institute of Tropical agriculture)

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)




Project / Programme Management

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

5 - 7 years