Legal & Administrative Officer at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

IITA is one of the worlds leading research partners in finding solutions for hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. Its award-winning research-for-development (R4D) approach addresses the development needs of tropical countries. IITA works with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture. IITA is a non-profit organization founded in 1967 in Nigeria and governed by a Board of Trustees. IITA works on the following crops: cowpea, soybean, banana/plantain, yam, cassava, and maize.IITA seeks suitable Nigerian for the position below at the Institutes Headquarters, Ibadan:Job Title: Legal & Administrative OfficerResponsibilitiesSuccessful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:Assist the DDG, Corporate Services with drafting, reviewing, negotiating, hosting agreements, tenancy/ lease agreements, country agreement/ MoUs, documents with government ministries and departments, contracts/agreement or other legal documents with suppliers/vendors/ service providers etc.;Communicate and interact with PDAU staff for filing and uploading on the database of hosting agreements, tenancy/ lease agreements, country agreements/ MoUs, documents with government ministries and departments;Be a member of the Intellectual Property (IP)Maintain and oversee Corporate Services filing system;Assist in drafting and vetting legal letters and correspondence;Handle other correspondence and paperwork;Provide administrative assistance to DDG-Corporate Services (related to travel meetings and purchase orders etc.);Take minutes at Corporate Services-related meetings when required;Provide legal advice to the Youth Agripreneurs;Draft and review legal documentation of the Youth in Agribusiness Office;Serve as a member of the advocacy team for the Youth in Agribusiness Office;Participate in negotiations for the Youth in Agribusiness Office when required.Participate and contribute in high-level meetings and events on policies for youth and agriculture etc.;Perform any such other duties, properly assigned, as may be occasioned by the exigencies of the service. 

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