Business Development Officer

Posted On: 17 June 2020 IITA   FCT
Reference: IITA-HR-NRS2020-015 Type: Contractor

Job Description

Identifying individual and company training needs through staff appraisals and meetings with managers, teamwork to design, deliver and assess training programmes, producing training materials, including e-learning where suitable. You’ll handle the learning and professional development of an organisation's workforce. It's your job to equip staff with the knowledge, practical skills and motivation to carry out their work activities effectively.


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 secure food future.


• Lead the development of training content and tools for agribusiness management

and coordinate their delivery through the state coordinators and training officers

in three states in Nigeria.

• Conduct geographical agribusiness value chain analysis for the project’s target

value chains and work with the state coordinators to identify business

opportunities for entrepreneurial-track youth to develop business models.

• Lead the efforts of the state coordinators in guiding entrepreneurial-track youth to

develop and implement fund-worthy business plans

• Lead all efforts directed towards attracting funding for young agripreneurs, work

with credit institutions to design youth-sensitive financing instruments for

business start-up and expansion.

• Coordinate the day to day management of pilot learning enterprises through the

state coordinators in three states in Nigeria, ensuring the effectiveness of the

learning experience they are to provide.

• Coordinate the efforts of identified project partners in providing mentorship,

business support and advisory service to young entrepreneurs. Ensure compliance

of partners with all deliverables.

• Assist in the development of bankable business plan and recommendations for funding


• Develop and nurture a network business partnership with private sector companies

and associations that entrepreneurial-track youth can leverage on to grow and

improve their businesses. Maintain an updated database of these partners

• Provide monitoring of the established companies and identify challenges to be

addressed/provide the required advice.

• Provide technical support to the trainees and assist them while they are starting

their business and ensure smooth business take off.

• Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor.


BSc/HND in Economics, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship or related discipline

with a minimum of five (5) years’ relevant experience performing the relevant role.


The ideal candidate must:

• Show ability and substantial experience in the development of viable business plans

• Be computer literate with excellent working knowledge of computer-based control

systems, shared network drives, and excel packages

• Have practical experience in agribusiness, business management especially working

with youths

• Have a good understanding of marketing linkages and strategies in agribusiness

• Have excellent communication and supervisory skills.

• Show the ability for efficient and harmonious team leadership

• Be able to mentor budding entrepreneurs to build relevant entrepreneurial skills.

• Be able to link youths to private sector and finance partners for financial and

enterprise development support.

• Have a good understanding of the Nigerian financial system for entrepreneurs

• Have experience working with private sector agribusiness partners.

CONTRACT: 2-year renewable contract 

REMUNERATION: We offer a highly competitive salary with equally attractive benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment.

METHOD OF APPLICATION: Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed cover letter and curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format to IITA website: no later than Two Weeks from the date of this publication. The application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include the applicant’s current or previous direct Supervisor, professional colleague and evidence of current remuneration package. 




Planning and organisation skills

Problem-solving ability

Business Development

data; data center; MS Excel; MS Project; WiFi



Interpersonal Skills


Business Relationship Management

Business Planning

Application Currently Closed

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