Administrative and Finance Assistant at The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Administrative and Finance Assistant

Location: Jos, Plateau
Recruitment Type: National (1-year renewable contract)


  • The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture on behalf of CIP seeks suitable Nigerian for the position below at the CIP project location in Jos.
  • NPSSP aims to support potato seed security in Nigeria by building local capacity within the public and private sector to supply adequate amounts of quality seed of in-demand and locally adapted varieties that meet the main market segment, while supporting smallholder farmers in maximizing their investments in seed through building capacity in on-farm seed quality management, good agricultural practices for improving soil health and fertility.

Job Duties

  • CIP is looking for a dynamic Finance and Administration Assistant to provide technical support in a wide range of financial and administrative and day-to-day office duties to guarantee smooth flow and effectiveness of operations.


  • Support financial operations of the country office and ensure timely delivery of financial reports.
  • Enter financial information, timely month-end close, and maintain all financial records for projects audit in line with donor requirement.
  • Prepare, examine, or analyze accounting records, financial statements, or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.
  • Prepare fixed assets register of the Center, review, and support the preparation of inventories.
  • Responsible for the coordination of IT issues with the CIP regional office and IITA, serving as IT Key user.
  • Ensure files are well kept in physical and electronic files for audit purposes.
  • Ensure and support in maintenance of a good filing system.
  • Act as Risk, Security, and Safety focal point to ensure the health and safety of all staff.
  • Control petty cash to ensure a proper reimbursement.
  • Make bank deposits and keep records.
  • Identify and communicate any related issues to management promptly.
  • Support the country’s statutory annual audits.
  • Support staff when traveling by making necessary logistics arrangements like hotel and flight booking bookings, airport pickup & drop off, and give support to program staff during training by providing necessary administrative support.
  • Coordinate office management. And fleet management of the field office vehicles.
  • Provide support to procurement operations, following standard processes and ensuring effective service delivery.
  • Perform any other job-related duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor.

Qualification and Experience

  • Candidates should possess a B.Sc / HND in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, or related field with a minimum of two (2) years’ experience performing similar role in a well-structured environment.

The ideal candidate must:

  • Have proven relevant experience as a Finance & Administrative Assistant
  • Have advanced written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Have excellent knowledge of MS Office and office management software.
  • Be fluent in Hausa language (speaking and writing) according to country.
  • Be familiar with office management procedures and basic accounting principles.
  • Have strong communication and interpersonal abilities.
  • Have excellent organizational skills.
  • Be fluent in Hausa language (speaking and writing) according to country.

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

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Deadline 15th September, 2023.