Farm Superintendent at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

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 to fill the position below:

Job Title: Farm Superintendent

Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Job type: Contract


  • Supervise, train, and mentor farm personnel, including technicians, laborers, and support staff.
  • Coordinate research activities and field trials with researchers and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Maintain effective communication with research staff and management, ensuring farm activities align with research objectives.
  • Oversee crop production, including planting, irrigation, pest and disease management, and harvesting.
  • Sustainably manage fields, including practices that improve soil fertility and minimize soil degradation.
  • Facilitate research activities by providing logistical support, resources, and necessary infrastructure.
  • Maintain accurate records of farm activities, research trials, and resource utilization.
  • Ensure proper farm infrastructure maintenance and repair, including buildings, irrigation systems, and research facilities.
  • Oversee the maintenance and safe operation of farm machinery and equipment.
  • Develop and manage the farm’s annual budget, ensuring cost-effective use of resources and adherence to financial guidelines.
  • Prepare regular progress reports and updates on farm operations for the Head of Farm Management and relevant stakeholders;
  • Perform any other job-related duties as may be assigned by the Head of the Unit.


  • Master’s in Agriculture, Plant Science, Agronomy or related field with a minimum of seven (7) years’ experience performing a similar role in a well-structured environment.

The ideal candidate must:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of agricultural research methods and best practices.
  • Have strong leadership, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Be proficient in the use of farm machineries and equipment’s.
  • Be experience in budget development and financial management.


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

Application Closing Date
17th July, 2023.

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