Enterprise Development and Gender Officer at the 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.

We are recruiting suitable applicants for the position below at the Institute’s project location in Yola:

Job Title: Enterprise Development and Gender Officer

Ref No: STS2022-010
Location: Yola, Adamawa
Recruitment Type: STS- National (5-month contract)
Duration: 5 months


  • Identify training needs and development of business opportunities in the agricultural value chain and non-farm enterprises for youth and women.
  • Scope Micro, Small and medium Enterprise (MSME) business opportunities with special emphasis on youth and women agribusiness development.
  • Gender mainstreaming and Social Inclusion (GESI) in intervention activities.
  • Build on local platforms and scoping for project partners in Government, NGO and private sectors for effective layering and enterprise sustainability.
  • Develop and conduct enterprise trainings in the value chain, economic and financial literacy, cooperative management, and micro credit administration.
  • Collect data on training and enterprise development activities and report periodically.
  • Mentor Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) and linkage to finance, input and output markets.
  • Support youth and women participants to develop bankable business plans and commercially viable business models along the agricultural value chain and nonfarm enterprises.
  • Train youth and women participants in record keeping and business management.
  • Support the development of appropriate financial products targeting rural youth and women in consultation with collaborating financial institutions.
  • Perform any other job-related task as may be assigned by the Supervisor.


  • B.Sc / HND in Agriculture Extension, Business Administration, or related field with a minimum of five (5) years experience performing similar or related role in a well-structured organization.

The ideal candidate must:

  • Have previous experience working with youth and women.
  • Have background in agriculture and the value chain.
  • Have enterprise (MSME) development and mentorship experience.
  • Have experience working in northeast, Nigeria.
  • Have Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) working experience
  • Speaks fluent Hausa for community mobilization and training facilitation
  • Possess Microsoft office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) skills
  • Have good communication skills.

Application Closing Date
29th June, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Click here for more information (PDF)

Important Information and Notice

  • 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.

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