Legal & Administrative Officer Vacancies at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Posted: 23/Jan/2017

IITA is one of the worlds 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.

IITA seeks suitable Nigerian for the position below at the Institutes Headquarters, Ibadan:

Position: Legal & Administrative Officers

Ref.: IITA-HR-NRS2017-005
Location: Ibadan
Recruitment Type: National (3-year renewable contract)

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

  • Assist the DDG, Corporate Services with drafting, reviewing, negotiating, hosting agreements, tenancy/ lease agreements, country agreement/ MoUs, documents with government ministries and departments, contracts/agreement or other legal documents with suppliers/vendors/ service providers etc.;
  • Communicate and interact with PDAU staff for filing and uploading on the database of hosting agreements, tenancy/ lease agreements, country agreements/ MoUs, documents with government ministries and departments;
  • Be a member of the Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Maintain and oversee Corporate Services filing system;
  • Assist in drafting and vetting legal letters and correspondence;
  • Handle other correspondence and paperwork;
  • Provide administrative assistance to DDG-Corporate Services (related to travel meetings and purchase orders etc.);
  • Take minutes at Corporate Services-related meetings when required;
  • Provide legal advice to the Youth Agripreneurs;
  • Draft and review legal documentation of the Youth in Agribusiness Office;
  • Serve as a member of the advocacy team for the Youth in Agribusiness Office;
  • Participate in negotiations for the Youth in Agribusiness Office when required.
  • Participate and contribute in high-level meetings and events on policies for youth and agriculture etc.;
  • Perform any such other duties, properly assigned, as may be occasioned by the exigencies of the service.


  • B.Sc in Law or related discipline with two (2) years related experience. Possession of related professional certification will be an added advantage.

Ideal Candidate must:

  • Have proven competence in collaborating with senior staff and stakeholders.
  • Be comfortable working in a fast pace and dynamic international environment.
  • Be proactive and able to multitask.
  • Be computer literate and competence in taking minutes and other general duties.

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

Application Closing Date
3rd February, 2017.

Method of Application
Interested applicant should forward their applications including a covering letter which should address how the candidates background/experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three professional referees (which must include either the Head of the applicant’s current or previous organization or applicants direct Supervisor/Superior at his/her present or former place of work).

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