Nutrition 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 Damaturu:

Job Title: Nutrition Officer

Ref. No: IITAHRNRS2023006
Location: Damaturu, Yobe
Recruitmrnt Type: National (1year renewable contract)
Contract: 1year renewable contract


  • Provide technical guidance to micro and small-scale processors at household level on processing of legumes and cereals and utilization.
  • Participate in Training of Trainers workshops and community level demonstrations for households on the development, processing, and utilization of diverse and nutrient dense crops products.
  • Undertake Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) campaigns and Counselling in Gombe and Yobe States.
  • Work with Women in Agriculture staff in the six Activity LGAs to support implementation of nutrition interventions, including homestead farming.
  • Promote the preparation, utilization and consumption of diverse and nutrient dense crops and promote them among smallholder farmers.
  • Work with non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations to disseminate technologies on legumes processing and utilization of different location specific crops.
  • Work with Nutrition Officer (Gombe and Yobe states) to promote Nutrition related activities and create linkages with community-based organizations, other USG partners and women groups to disseminate nutrition messages and practices.
  • Assist in planning, implementing, and monitoring of state activities on food and nutrition and contribute to drafting reports.
  • Perform any other job-related task as may be assigned by the supervisor.


  • B.Sc / HND in Nutrition, Microbiology, Food Science or any other related field with a minimum of six (6) years’ experience performing a similar or related role in a well-structured organization.

The ideal candidate must:

  • Have an excellent understanding of issues related to agriculture in the relevant Northern Nigeria region.
  • Have excellent understanding of issues related to food and nutrition in the relevant states.
  • Have experience working with communities to improve homestead farm management.
  • Have ability to work under minimal supervision and with tight deadlines.
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented multicultural environment.
  • Have ability to deliver accurate and timely reports.
  • Have Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) skills.
  • Have the ability to travel extensively within the relevant state and work long hours.


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

Application Closing Date
27th February, 2023.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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  • Interested applicants should complete the online application by attaching a 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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