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The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) is a public international organization (PIO) governed by an international board of directors with representation from developed and developing nations.

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The non-profit center focuses on increasing and sustaining food and agricultural productivity in developing countries through the development and transfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise.

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Job Title: National Policy Economist, Seconded to ECOWAS
Tracking Code: 20120364
Location: Abuja
Type of Contract: Regular Staff
Duration: One Year Renewable
Anticpated Start Date: 30th March, 2018

Job Description

  • IFDC North and West Africa is seeking to recruit a National Policy Economist for its program “Enhancing Growth through Regional Agricultural Input Systems (EnGRAIS)” to be implemented in the West Africa sub-region.
  • The National Policy Economist will be seconded to ECOWAS and will be responsible for liaising with ECOWAS and other regional institutions to support the implementation of the EnGRAIS program.
  • The National Policy Economist seconded to ECOWAS will be supervised by and report to the program’s CoP.
  • He/she may also be called to perform other duties assigned by the CoP as deemed necessary to support the achievement of the program’s overall objective.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Liaise with ECOWAS officials, particularly in the Agriculture Department, regarding regional initiatives and issues related to the agricultural inputs and particularly fertilizer sector.
  • Provide at least monthly updates on all ECOWAS activities related to USAID/IFDC ongoing work and current and potential initiatives; and
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the COP of EnGRAIS or his designee.
  • Facilitate ECOWAS/IFDC coordination on planned fora, meetings, initiatives and implementation.
  • Advocate, as appropriate and needed, on behalf of USAID/IFDC initiatives;
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  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and French
  • Competence in the use of computers and MS Office software
  • Ability and availability to travel to other countries as required.
  • Demonstrated ethics, integrity and sound judgment;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work with staff and counterparts from different countries and cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • A Master’s degree in Agricultural Policy, Agricultural Economics, Economics or a related field.

Required Experience:

  • At least five years of professional work experience, preferably in agricultural policy with government or international donor-funded projects/programs in the areas of fertilizer, food security.
  • Work experience in ECOWAS Member States (required) and with regional institutions (preferred).


  • Monthly reports/briefs on discussions and facilitations with ECOWAS relevant departments including recommendations to be considered by the program’s management team.



How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Candidates can however also apply by e-mail to be sent to: ifdcnigeria@ifdc.org during the same timeframe. The subject of the mail must be “National Policy Economist seconded to ECO WAS”.


Application Deadline  23rd March, 2018.





  • Please read carefully the following instructions, the non-respect of which may affect your request.
  • Candidates are kindly asked to put together their file in French; it must include a cover letter, and an updated CV that describes their experiences, qualifications and provides three reference contacts.
  • The initial term of the Contract will be twelve (12) months and will be subject to a positive performance evaluation during the first year. The contract may be renewed subject to satisfactory performance and availability of Program financial resources.
  • Only successful candidates will be invited for an interview in Abuja. There will be no response to telephone inquiries.
  • The interview will consist of an interview with a jury and probably a written and/or oral test.


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