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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: Associate Scientist, Agricultural Markets Economist

Ref: DDGR4D/AS/AME/06/21
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Recruitment Type: The Initial appointment is for three (3) years


  • IITA seeks to recruit an Associate Scientist, Agricultural Markets Economist.
  • The overall objective of the position is to lead strategic and applied research on market economics on IITA mandate crops and related activities.
  • The successful candidate will work in collaboration with other social scientists and biophysical scientists as needed, such as agronomists, crop breeders, soil scientists, and IPM scientists.
  • He/She will be a member of the IITA Social Science and Agri business Core Competency.
    He/She will report to the Senior Agricultural Economist 
    and Director of Western Africa Hub.

Position Responsibilities

  • Conduct market economic studies of commodities along the value chain.
  • Monitor economic changes in agriculture in relation to the markets and vice versa.
  • Devise methods and procedures to conduct different types of market surveys and value chain assessments.
  • Create, as well as usvarious econometric modeling techniques to develop forecasts.
  • Apply models of economic behavior to agricultural markets changes and developments.
  • Promotmarket development using experimental economic methods.
  • Develop business plans for project and activities in commodity value chains.
  • Establish and foster relationships and linkages with partners in national agricultural research and extension systems, the private sector, and Advanced Research Institutes.
  • Provide technical backstopping and assistance in building the capacity of national programs in research on market economics.
  • Mentor and backstop graduate students involved in related research.
  • Publish scientific outputs in previewed IF journals and others (e.g., technical reports, IITA bulletins, or social media and books or book chapters).
  • Contribution to resource mobilization through the development of concept notes and proposalsin collaboration with others.
  • Perform any other jobrelated duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Education Qualifications

  • The candidate should possess a Ph.D.in Agricultural Economics, Applied Economics, or other relevant fields from a highly recognized university.
  • He/she will demonstrate experience of at least three (3) years in markets economic studies relating to agricultural issues, preferably in Africa.

Core Competencies:

  • Good knowledge of market studies.
  • Competence in the development of socioeconomic and market surveys.
  • Ability to perform thoughtful, critical analysis of market economicsrelated data.
  • Conversant with tools and approaches applied in market studies.
  • Knowledge and experience with economic evaluation of agricultural technologies.
  • Familiarity with statistical software used in market studies.
  • Track record of peerreviewed publications in marketrelated journals.
  • Experience with resource mobilization.
  • Ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team in a crosscultural environment.
  • Excellent leadership, mentoring, management, interpersonal, and teambuilding skills.
  • Fluency in oral and written English.
  • Working knowledge of French is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of subSaharan Africa is an added advantage.


  • IITA offers a competitive remuneration package paid in US dollars.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified. (The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found )

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidate should complete the online application attaching detailed Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format to IITA.

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Important Information

  • Applications must include Covering Letter which should address how the candidate’s background / experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for,
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV),
  • Names and Addresses of three professional referees (which must include either the Head of the applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor / Superior at his / her present or former place of work).
  • The application should be addressed to “The Head of Human Resources”
  • IITA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse workforce, particularly welcoming applications from women.
  • While all applications will be acknowledged, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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