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International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

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Head Of Breeding

Hadejia, Nigeria

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Closing: Jan 25, 2023

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Published: Jan 12, 2023 (20 days ago)

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Educational Qualifications

  • The candidate should have a finalised PhD in Plant Breeding, Genetics, or a related field.

Core Competencies:

  • At least 15 years of experience in plant breeding programs (with at least 10 years in the private sector) at progressively higher levels of responsibility.
  • Evidence of significant management skills including change management and management of successful breeding teams.
  • Ability to work well in a diverse multicultural environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Evidence of experience in resource mobilization.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to build consensus/function as part of a team.

Remuneration

  • IITA offers an internationally competitive remuneration package paid in US Dollars.
Responsibilities

Educational Qualifications

  • The candidate should have a finalised PhD in Plant Breeding, Genetics, or a related field.

Core Competencies:

  • At least 15 years of experience in plant breeding programs (with at least 10 years in the private sector) at progressively higher levels of responsibility.
  • Evidence of significant management skills including change management and management of successful breeding teams.
  • Ability to work well in a diverse multicultural environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Evidence of experience in resource mobilization.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to build consensus/function as part of a team.

Remuneration

  • IITA offers an internationally competitive remuneration package paid in US Dollars.

Position Responsibilities
The Head of Breeding will:

  • Align breeding focus and operational resources to validated breeding targets.
  • Establish a crop advancement agenda in partnership with breeders of the IITA mandate crops and the product manager:
    • Establish specific metrics for variety and trait advancements for each crop.
    • Establish metrics for population improvements within the breeding program.
  • Modify the breeding structure of each crop to deliver demand-driven products at the lowest cost.
  • Establish a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Improve breeding strategy for all six mandate crops.
  • Lead breeding teams to design and implement breeding strategies.
  • Work closely with the product manager and cross-functional product teams to define targets for the breeding programs to develop a breeding strategy.
  • Work with breeders to strengthen collaboration with national breeding programs and other relevant stakeholders (e.g., seed companies, input suppliers, etc.).
  • Define investment plans and mobilize increased resources for crop breeding.
  • Facilitate the establishment of collaborative research with advanced research institutions.
  • Serve as the focal point of IITA's interactions with the Genetic Innovation Science Area of OneCGIAR.
  • Connect IITA resources in design, engineering, and operations to develop highly effective product development teams.
  • Perform any other job-related duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

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