Head, TAAT Clearinghouse (Ref. No: DDG-P4D/HTC/PMU/06/22)
Background: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the
internationally recruited position of Head, TAAT Clearinghouse.
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 the One CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure
future. Please visit http://www.iita.org/ for more information on IITA.
The Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) funded by the African Development
Bank (AfDB), is a major continent-wide program designed to boost agricultural productivity across the
continent by rapidly delivering proven technologies to millions of farmers. The overall goal of TAAT is to
double crop, livestock, and fish productivity by expanding access to productivity-increasing technologies
to more than 40 million smallholder farmers across Africa. TAAT aims to generate an additional 120
million metric tons (MT) of food while lifting 130 million people out of poverty. Getting certified seeds of
the most modern varieties into the hands of tens of millions of farmers is the primary objective of TAAT.
The program supports the Feed Africa Initiative of the AfDB by providing the needed, proven agricultural
and food processing technologies and implementation strategies for inclusion within the Bank’s loans to
Regional Member Countries (RMCs). It is implemented by the Regional Technology Delivery
Infrastructure (RTDI) made up of the Commodity Technology Delivery Compacts (CTDCs); the TAAT
Clearinghouse (CH); the Program Management Unit (PMU), and a Program Steering Committee (PSC).
The CTDC is currently composed of eleven CGIAR centers, three Advanced regional R&D African centers,
National Agricultural Research and Extension System (NARES) institutions, private sector partners and
NGOs. IITA is the executing agency of TAAT.
The Clearinghouse, co-funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and AfDB and is responsible for
linking TAAT Compact activities with country-level programs, positioning these countries’ governments
as TAAT’s Primary Scaling Partners. This is achieved through the provision of technical assistance in
regional and country project design, ensuring the inclusion of proven technologies and robust partnership
arrangements within the resulting projects. The program is looking for a highly qualified individual to fill
the vacant position of the Head of the TAAT Clearinghouse.
The main responsibility of the Head of the TAAT Clearinghouse is to effectively coordinate the process by
which all eligible RMCs of the AfDB making investments to boost agricultural productivity, can benefit
from relevant expertise, technology and capacity and resources brought together within the TAAT
ecosystem. Working with the Feed Africa and Private Sector Departments, Regional Complex Country
offices, and TAAT Management Unit and Compacts, the CH will match identified investments and deploy
Compact expertise to ensure projects meet indicated country targets and objectives for agricultural
• Support selected supervision missions of flagged pipeline projects of the AfDB and help identify areas
where TAAT expertise can be introduced to ensure delivery of project objectives.
• Work with the Commodity Compacts and the Policy Compact to identify and address key shortcomings
in formal seed systems that limit smallholder farmers’ access to locally adapted, affordable, highquality certified seeds of improved varieties.
• Prepare a detailed plan on how to build and manage real and virtual teams made up of Feed Africa and
Private Sector Departments, Regional Complex Country teams, and TAAT Compacts that will be
involved in project preparation and appraisal.
• Prepare an engagement plan outlining CH coordination and program facilitation function, modalities
for engaging and facilitating coordination and awareness of TAAT activities, and support options across
AfDB task teams, country team leaders, and Compact leaders.
• Work with the TAAT Task Manager and Program Management Unit to schedule regular physical
and/or virtual meetings of all the stakeholders to discuss progress on program design and
implementation of country programs to which TAAT compacts are actively contributing.
• Maintain a high standard of professional integrity, treat individuals fairly and respectfully, and be
sensitive to differences across cultures, nationalities, and gender.
• Model exemplary leadership values and managerial behaviors and reinforce these qualities in
Departmental management teams and staff.
• Demonstrated strong analytical and communication skills and capacity to present convincingly, discuss
and negotiate with high-level country officials.
• Blend of analytical, observational, organizational, and networking skills.
• Good understanding of policy and regulatory issues around public, and private partnerships
development in developing countries.
General information: The contract will be for an initial period of three years. IITA offers an internationally
competitive remuneration package paid in U.S. Dollars.
Applications: Applications must include a covering letter which should address how the candidate’s
background/experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for, curriculum vitae, and names
and addresses of three professional referees (which must include either the Head of the applicant’s current
or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor/Superior at his/her present or former place of
work). The application should be addressed to the Head of Human Resources. Please complete our online
application form using this link: http://www.iita.org/careers
Closing Date: 17th June 2022
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