April 19, 2024

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a not-for-profit establishment that generates agricultural improvements to fulfill Africa’s most urgent challenges of starvation, malnutrition, poverty, and pure useful resource degradation. Working with varied companions throughout sub-Saharan Africa, we enhance livelihoods, improve meals and diet safety, improve employment, and protect pure useful resource integrity. IITA is a member of CGIAR, a world agriculture analysis partnership for a meals safe future.

We are recruiting to fill the place beneath:

Job Title: Head of Data and Research Methods Unit

Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Employment Type: Contract
Contract Duration: The contract will probably be for an preliminary interval of three years.

Job Description
The Data and Research Methods Unit is envisioned as a brand new organizational construction to be created and coordinated by the profitable candidate for this place. Below are some indicative tasks for this newly-established unit:

  • Acting as the first convener for a easily functioning workforce that features information scientists, information managers, geospatial scientists, bioinformaticians, biometricians and different key personnel, with formalized participation of authorized and different consultants as wanted.
  • Maintaining, revising as mandatory, and operationalizing IITA’s information administration technique.
  • Ensuring that IITA information is open and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) by way of the usage of widespread requirements, ethically managed, and out there by way of a standard database in compliance with CGIAR’s Open and FAIR Data Assets Policy – with long-term archiving in IITA’s institutional repository.
  • Assuring that IITA publications are Open Access.
  • Implementing strong information governance and compliance and dealing with different related IITA models (together with these coping with mission administration and reporting, authorized points and so forth.) to incentivize finest practices in relation to information administration.
  • Facilitating entry to and incentivizing use of ready-to-deploy instruments and capabilities by IITA researchers and companions that allow digital assortment of FAIR information and render high-value historic information FAIR.
  • Enabling unified entry to information methods and seamless integration throughout instruments and companies facilitate and velocity up the analysis cycle, together with cost-optimized compute/retailer options (with collaborative capabilities the place wanted).
  • Institutionalizing and incentivizing open and FAIR information belongings by addressing lack of know-how, angle, abilities and habits (KASH) by growing SoPs, constructing the info science and information administration capability of IITA scientists and their companions, organizing hackathons and so forth.

Position Responsibilities

  • Establish, lead, and handle a brand new Data and Research Methods Unit at IITA, bringing collectively siloed information and related administration efforts (e.g., bioinformatics, soils, GIS, breeding, agronomy) below a single DRMU umbrella.
  • Assume accountability for growing and managing a finances for the DRMU.
  • Building on the draft IITA information administration technique and ongoing developments on the CGIAR stage, finalize a technique and operational plan for the Unit that addresses wants and brings readability to groups, their roles, tasks, reporting, and unit features. Apart from these, the technique ought to:
    • Identify mechanisms for not less than partial price restoration of the unit.
    • Develop a construction, staffing plan, and timetable for filling positions.
    • Identify KPIs for the DRMU and its sub-teams, together with key deliverables for the quick (1 yr) and medium time period (3 years).
  • Develop a communication plan to make sure that all IITA workers are conscious of the function of the unit, the assist it gives, and the tasks of each IITA and DRMU workers.
  • Identify present merchandise, instruments, and approaches throughout IITA and CGIAR that allow FAIRER (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable, Ethical, and Replicable) information, and develop a technique to reduce duplication of effort and institutionalize their use.
  • Establish mandatory protocols, procedures, and coaching plans to guarantee that IITA information administration adheres to CGIAR coverage and extra broadly to FAIRER rules.
  • Enable the technology of worth from a harmonised information infrastructure for the institute, e.g., direct calculation of key efficiency indicators on numbers of companions reached, companions concerned, use of analysis merchandise, and so forth. by gender, know-how, crop, and extra – throughout all IITA initiatives and analysis domains.
  • Identify wants and facilitate a coaching program to allow IITA scientists to make use of related information science approaches.
  • Develop processes and incentives to make sure that workers adjust to FAIRER information administration insurance policies and procedures, formalizing hyperlinks with IITA’s authorized and mission administration groups to trace FAIRER information by way of a mission’s life cycle.
  • Advise administration on how processes and incentives to guarantee FAIRER information needs to be applied (e.g., with express indicators included in scientist evaluations).
  • To guarantee that IITA makes the a lot of the numerous information it produces, preserve abreast of initiatives involving IITA workers, foster the alternate of analysis information between these the place acceptable, and encourage data-driven multidisciplinary initiatives leading to high-impact publications.
  • Stay abreast of developments in information administration, information evaluation, and scientific computing strategies, to make sure that IITA is following finest practices.
  • Stay updated on necessities from IITA packages and workers on information administration and analysis strategies, aiding scientists to undertake finest practices and new information administration and analytics applied sciences the place acceptable.
  • Oversee IITA’s scientific computing infrastructure and make strategic selections pertaining to it.
  • Liaise with IITA’s ICT Unit on {hardware} and software program necessities to make sure efficient, environment friendly, and safe information administration and scientific computing capability.
  • Contribute to scientific analysis and communication (as much as 20% FTE).
  • Perform every other job-related duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Educational Qualifications and Experience:

  • The candidate ought to have a Ph.D in Agriculture with vital information science experience, or different superior diploma with demonstrated expertise in information science utilized to agricultural points.

Core Competencies:

  • At least 5 years of expertise working in an analogous function.
  • Strong understanding of and expertise working with agricultural information administration, in not less than one however ideally throughout domains (e.g., agronomy, plant breeding+) and analytics together with massive (e.g., spatial) information, ideally together with machine studying approaches.
  • Strong statistical background with demonstrated software to agricultural information.
  • Experience with FAIR information rules and with growing or utilizing widespread information requirements for interoperability (e.g., ontologies, managed vocabularies).
  • Familiarity with user-centered design rules and improvement of dashboards.
  • Familiarity with API improvement and the Open API Specification.
  • Strong experience in R, Python; expertise with json, xml, html, java suite, and/or different related programming languages, and methodologies like Agile Scrum a plus.
  • Familiarity with mission and code administration instruments (e.g., GitHub, Atlassian instruments, SourceForge and so forth).
  • Persuasive skilled, with demonstrated capacity to collaborate with and produce collectively people and groups from numerous skilled and cultural backgrounds for consultatively developed merchandise.
  • Experience growing product profiles, pipelines, and managing in the direction of impact-focused options.
  • Self-motivated vital thinker and workforce participant, with robust problem-solving abilities.
  • Strong written and oral communication abilities.
  • Ability to reliably meet deadlines and ship high-caliber outputs.
  • Advanced fluency in English.

IITA affords an internationally aggressive remuneration bundle paid in U.S. Dollars.

Application Closing Date
seventh August, 2023.

Method of Application
Interested and certified candidates ought to:
Click here to apply online


  • Applications should embrace a canopy letter which ought to tackle how the candidate’s background / expertise pertains to the precise duties of the place utilized for, curriculum vitae, and names and addresses of three skilled referees (which should embrace both the Head of the applicant’s present or earlier group or applicant’s direct Supervisor / Superior at his/her current or former administrative center). The software needs to be addressed to the Head of People and Culture.
  • IITA is an equal alternative employer and is dedicated to constructing a various workforce, significantly welcoming purposes from ladies.
  • While all purposes will probably be acknowledged, please be aware that solely shortlisted candidates will probably be contacted.

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