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Senior Research Supervisorat International Institute of Tropical Agriculture(IITA)

  • Full Time
  • Onsite
  • Permanent
  • Abuja

Website International Institute of Tropical Agriculture(IITA)

Senior Research Supervisor


  • Support identification of traits in yam breeding lines and germplasm that are desirable for recycling as parent and advancement, such as disease resistance, increased yield, or improved food quality.
  • Participate in the execution of breeding trials in different growing conditions to determine how well they perform in nature.
  • Assist in monitoring and identifying yam diseases and creating strategies to prevent them from spreading to other plants.
  • Support the development of new yam varieties that meet specific criteria, such as increased productivity or improved taste, color, and food quality.
  • Participate in the selection of the best yam clones to breed based on desired traits and characteristics.
  • Participate in the development of breeding strategies to produce yam varieties with the desired characteristics, including selecting parents with desired traits that can be passed on to offspring.
  • Participate in the multiplication of planting materials for breeding trials and delivery.
  • Coordinate breeding testing networks with partners including preparation of SOP, trial design, distribution of germplasm for testing networks, retrieving data, and ensure data entry to the database.
  • Coordinate on-farm testing and demand creation network with producers, marketers, development practitioners, and consumers.
  • Ensure timely availability of germplasm inventory reports.
  • Conduct and collect necessary data for advanced breeding lines in both greenhouses and field locations.
  • Maintain breeder work collections in the field, analyze data and report to the Supervisor on time.
  • Supervise daily casual laborers and other subordinate staff.
  • Perform any other job-related duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor.



BSc/HND in Agriculture or related field with a minimum of four (4) years’ experience performing similar role in a well-structured environment. Experience in clonal breeding program and on-farm testing will be an added advantage.


The ideal candidate must:

  • Be competent in farmer participatory activities/evaluation
  • Have ability to communicate effectively with partners and farmers.
  • Have ability to work under pressure and deliver quality job.
  • Have excellent team work capability.
  • Be competent in data analysis and report writing.

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