Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Jobs at IITA March 2019: Executive Assistant-Directors office

Jobs at IITA March 2019: Executive Assistant-Directors office
IITA-TZ-19 – R4D-002 -NRS-DSM

Background: 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

IITA is seeking for a highly dynamic and qualified Executive Assistant to work in the Directors office.The Executive Assistant will have the responsibility of providing programmatic support to the Director of Eastern Africa hub and Social Sciences and Agribusiness program as well as manage the Office as required by the Hub Director. The Executive Assistant also provides project administration support to the Eastern Africa Hub (EAH) projects.

Duty Station: The position will be based at the IITA Regional Hub for Eastern Africa in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Responsibilities

The Executive Assistant will perform the following duties, among others:
Office Administration
Serve as Executive Assistant to the EAH Director which entails managing his calendar (meetings, travels, appointments)

Maintain portfolios of relevant information pertaining to the EA hub directorate including but not limited to strategy documents, information on projects mapped to the hub etc.

Assist the director in the preparation of presentations (speeches, PowerPoint presentations, etc.)
Filing and archiving for easy retrieving of documents/information
Collate the R4D monthly Hub Report in collaboration with the EAH Communication officer
Support the Director and Project Leaders in proposal development specifically budget development and completing PDAU project initiation forms when required.
Work with project leaders and finance team in ensuring correctness of donor financial reports as well as to facilitate timely submission of both technical and financial donor reports.

Liaise with project leaders in the hub to ensure timely submission of partner reports (technical and financial) to PDAU.
Any other duties as assigned by the Hub Director
Program management
Participate in the implementation of EA hub and Social Science and Agribusiness program strategies as will be required by the Director
Follow up with staff in the hub on publication plans and status throughout the year to ensure the team can meet targets.

Coordinate EA hub directorate contribution to the institute’s annual reports
Generate and provide information relating to EA hub directorate as requested for both internal and external audiences
Work with the EAH Communication Officer as necessary to ensure EAH information is up-to-date and relevant.
Work with Project Development and Administration Unit (PDAU) to follow up for updated information on projects in the EA Hub

Criteria for Success / Qualifications
The candidate should have an MSc in Business Administration with knowledge on Program Management or related field
At least 3 years’ experience in a similar or related position
High writing skills and familiar with Microsoft work
Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, but also participate as a team member in accomplishment of duties.
Basic accounting knowledge
Knowledge of French language will be an added advantage
Strong attention to detail and maintaining a timely and efficient work flow.

A positive attitude and strong service orientation.
Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, good judgement and a high level of respect for confidentiality.
Ability to work and deliver under pressure
Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
Experience with an international organization will be an added advantage
Commitment to IITA’s mission and core values.
General information:

The initial contract for the position is two years with possibility of renewal. This is a nationally recruited position and IITA offers a competitive remuneration package.

Applications including curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, telephone number, email address, and names and addresses of two referees should be sent to the Country Representative, IITA-Tanzania, Plot No. 25, Mwenge – Coca-Cola Road, Mikocheni Industrial Area P.O. Box 34441, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania or by email to

Applicants are requested to please indicate the reference number for the position as indicated on the heading of the announcement in your application as well as on the subject of your email if sending by email.
If sending by post or hand delivery, please indicate the reference number on your application as well as on the left hand side of your envelope. Please note that any applications without the reference number indicated will be automatically disqualified.


Closing date: Two weeks from the date of advertisement appearing in the newspaper.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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