Seed Systems Officer NGO Jobs – International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Organisation: International
Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Project Name: Maize and
Wheat improvement – DTMASS Project
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About IITA:
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a member
of a world-wide network of International Agricultural Research Centers. IITA’s
research focuses on smallholder cropping systems in sub- Saharan Africa. IITA
has headquarters in Ibadan Nigeria, a regional hub in Dar-es- Salaam, Tanzania
and a permanent office in Uganda.
Job Summary: The Seed
Systems Officer will support the implementation of activities of DTMASS project
and providing technical support to in-country partners (private/public seed
companies, NARS, NGOs).  The Seed Systems
Officer has the responsibility of providing timely, high-quality technical
assistance to in-country maize seed production partners on best practices for
DTM variety production (from breeding to post-certification mass production) to
engender independent and sustainable local v EGS and Certified DTM seed
Key Duties and
  • Under the direction of the Principal
    Investigator, implement technical support and capacity building efforts to
    in-country seed companies (public and private) on DTM seed production
  • The jobholder will support multiplying
    initial pre-basic and basic seed to help private seed companies to quickly
    scale seed production of drought-tolerant maize varieties.
  • Assist and coordinate the production of
    Early Generation seed to meet the demands by private seed companies and
    other partners.
  • Offer technical support in the production
    of certified by seed companies and distribution in the target zones.
  • Support other seed system specialists and
    scientists in engaging seed producers for the development of sustainable
    seed networks and markets.
  • Assist in developing and improving
    capacity of seed sector partners through training and other related
    capacity- building initiatives.
  • Assist and monitor variety demonstrations
    conducted by seed companies and NGOs to promote drought-tolerant maize
  • The incumbent will ensure that the
    relevant bodies and partners comply with all relevant seed quality and
    production and storage standards as needed
  • Support seed company partners in timely
    and accurate recording of seed production Progress Reports, including the
    reporting of any challenges
  • Offer logistical and technical support for
    any in-country training or workshops
  • Support staff and consultants in any
    business and marketing support efforts to in-country seed production
  • Support Communications staff in preparing
    materials for publication on DTMASS efforts and project success stories.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should preferably hold an
    MSc in Agriculture or related field
  • At least three to five years of relevant
    experience in maize seed production, maize breeding, agronomy or related
  • Previous experience working with public
    and private seed sectors
  • Prior experience organizing and
    implementing Variety demonstrations, field days, other promotion
  • Previous experience in collecting DUS and
    VCU data
  • Prior exposure and experience in training
    or skills transfer
  • Ability to work with different
    nationalities, as a member of a diverse work team, motivate and support
    partners, and communicate challenges and successes in a timely manner
  • Ability to prepare project documents and
    reports with minimal assistance
  • Basic computer skills (MS Office, Word,
    Excel, PowerPoint, email, etc.)
  • Skills in database or research
    applications desirable
  • Possess Valid Driver’s License
  • Ability to read, speak and write in
How to Apply:
All candidates should send their applications including an updated curriculum
vitae, copies of certificates, telephone number, email address, and names and
addresses of three referees and send them to the Country Representative,
IITA-Uganda P.O. Box, 7878, Kampala, OR hand deliver to Plot 15, East Naguru
Road OR email to: Please clearly indicate Seed Systems
Officer in subject line if sending by email or on envelope if sending by post,
or hand delivery.
Deadline: 7th October,
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