Research Assistant For IITA Research Assistant For IITA
Research Assistant For IITA
1 Jul 2020

Full TimeResearch Assistant for IITA

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Job Description

Research Assistant

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.

To find out more about IITA, visit our websites at

Job Description

  • Duty Station: Accra with consistent field work travels to project sites across the cocoa growing belt of Ghana.
  • Terms of appointment: This is Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position. Initial appointment is fixed term for two years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding.

The position

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture Ghana, seeks suitable qualified Ghanaian Nationals to fill the position of RESEARCH ASSISTANT on the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Project implemented in Ghana.

Main Duties

  • Work with teams of research and development partners, community-based organizations and farmers to:
  • Pilot Climate Smart Cocoa stepwise approach with public and private sector companies
  • Support development, testing and finalization of MEL data collection tools in ODK.
  • Support review of data collection tools, data sources, collection methods, etc.
  • Train Project and partner ME&L staff on ME&L requirements and data collection tools
  • Follow up with Partners’ ME&L staff, and trainers on MEL data generated through their activities
  • Contribute to MEL data quality checks on monthly basis, focusing on uploaded data
  • Conduct regular assessments of partners’ capacity to implement ME&L activities based on feedback/gaps on uploaded data; other feedback
  • Support the design, organize and undertake capacity building activities on ME&L based on existing capacity gaps identified
  • Contribute to project annual reporting by providing required ME&L data
  • Assist to update indicator matrix & ME&L plan to reflect any changes in project strategy
  • Contribute to the development of alternative strategies for implementation of ME&L activities per partnership (where required).
  • Prepare a yearly detailed calendar of ME&L activities (including capacity building, partner review sessions, etc.) with accompanying budget.
  • Undertake regular visits to the field to support implementation of ME&L and to identify where adaptation might be needed.
  • Work closely with the project communication specialist to identify results and field stories that should be highlighted in communication materials.
  • Assist MEL Specialist and Project Coordinators in any other duties assigned

Required Skills or Experience

Educational Qualifications
The candidate should have M.Sc. degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Development Management and Planning or Sociology from a reputable university.

Core Competencies

  • At least 3 years’ experience in project monitoring and evaluation, data processing or analysis, and advanced computer-based data management and analysis.
  • Experience with supporting timely and accurate project progress reporting.
  • Ability to organize and train partners.
  • Good contextual knowledge of local issues, community priorities, organizational relationships, social and cultural constraints and realities.
  • Good team spirit with readiness to participate as a team member in the accomplishment of duties;
  • Resourcefulness to operate under frequently trying and isolated field circumstances.
  • Ability to travel frequently across implementation areas within Ghana.
  • Sound mathematical and good English language skills.
  • Good technical report writing skills

How To Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV (4 pages maximum) explaining their interest in the position, relevant documents and testimonials and the names and addresses (telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience.

Applications should be addressed to The Station Administrator, IITA-Ghana, and submitted by email to:

  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
  • Closing date: July 10, 2020

IITA is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

To find out more about IITA, visit our websites at

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Job Categories: Jobs in Ghana. Job Types: Full Time.


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