Postdoctoral Fellow – Gender Research (Cassava)

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), with headquarters in Ibadan, Nigeria, invites applications for the internationally recruited position of Postdoctoral Fellow – Gender Research.



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 subSaharan 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. Please visit for more information on IITA.


Project’s Information
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The Muhogo Bora project is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join the project team based in IITA Tanzania. Muhogo Bora means “Better cassava” in Swahili, and we provide support to develop and expand cassava seed systems in Tanzania with targeted outreach to the Western Zone, Central and Southern Highlands regions. The project complements and builds on ongoing efforts from the Building an Economically Sustainable Seed System for Cassava in Tanzania (BEST Cassava) project that has operated since 2017, and will end this year and transition into the Building an Economically Sustainable, Integrated Cassava Seed System, Phase 2 (BASICS-II) project in 2022 in Tanzania. Muhogo Bora presents a complementary opportunity to amplify and adapt the existing Cassava Seed Entrepreneur (CSE) model to provide equitable outcomes for women who are represented in low numbers as CSEs compared to men.
The postdoctoral fellow will work to identify and test modifications to current CSE selection, support and certification processes that would lead to women’s increased participation in and benefits from cassava seed systems in Tanzania. The postdoc will also explore how these modifications, and additional add on activities would contribute towards building gender transformative seed system approaches more broadly.



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IITA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse workforce, particularly welcoming applications from women. While all applications will be acknowledged, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Deadline: 8th July 2021

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