Research Associate at IITA – International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is one of the world’s leading research partners in finding solutions for hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. Our award-winning research for development (R4D) addresses the development needs of tropical countries. We work with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture.

We are a nonprofit organization founded in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and supported by several countries.

Our mission is to enhance food security and improve livelihoods in Africa through research for development (R4D).
We use the R4D model in setting a research course that addresses major development problems in Africa rather than simply contributing to scientific knowledge. It has proven to be an effective mechanism for agricultural research development. We and our partners have delivered about 70% of the international research impact in sun-Saharan Africa in the last three decades.Ref. No: IITA-HR-NRS2020-014
Location: Ibadan
Recruitment Type: National (1-year renewable contract)
Slot: 6 Openings


Update the Food, Recipes, and Ingredients List (FRIL) with recently collected standard recipes data from 6 geopolitical zones;
Support the development of a database on portion size conversion factors that will translate the estimated quantity of foods/beverages/mixed dishes consumed to their gram weight equivalent;
Contribute to activities for the development of detailed pre-survey field protocols (i.e. standard operating procedures for the development of standard recipes, collection of conversion factors and pre-testing of portion size estimation methods;
Participate in pre-survey training workshops for field workers (i.e., training field workers to facilitate group discussions, and on methods for the collection of standard recipes, market surveys and pre-testing PSEM);
Contribute to the development of Survey tools and Standard Operating Procedures for the Interactive 24-hour dietary recall Assist in the conduct of the pilot study and debriefing meeting during the National Food Consumption and Micronutrient Survey;
Participate in social mobilization and sensitization of communities for the conduct of the National Food Consumption and Micronutrient Survey;
Populate the Food Composition Table, Recipes, Portion conversion factors and Tags worksheets of the INDDEX24 Template with relevant data;
Prepare report on training workshops, meetings and other related NFCMS activities
Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor.


MSc in Nutrition, Food Science / Technology, Public Health or related discipline with a minimum of five (5) years’ related experience and ten (10) years’ working experience for BSc holders.

The ideal candidate must:

Demonstrated ability to collaborate across activities while utilizing strong communications and interpersonal skills, with evidence of the ability to productively interact with a wide range of stakeholders
Show excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Have strong written and verbal communication skills (proficiency in English)
Display good knowledge of Nigerian foods desirable
Have visual creativity, including design of slides and diagrams and excellent presentation skills.

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

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