Quality Control Intern

Company Overview

Value Seeds Limited is an indigenous crop seed production solution and development Company incorporated in 2009.  The Company is engaged in seed research, multiplication, processing and distribution of hybrids and seeds of improved varieties. We are focused on increasing farmers’ yields, nutrition and livelihood.  Our products offerings are two-fold: field crops and vegetables with technology dissemination.  The Company has a wide range of seeds that have become popular with farmers and agro-inputs dealers in Nigeria.  Our focus field crops are Maize, Rice, Soybean, Cowpea, Millet, Sorghum, Cassava and Wheat. Vegetables include tomato, okra, onion, cabbage, cucumber, lettuce, hot pepper, sweet pepper, watermelon, carrot, amaranthus and spices.

Besides production and distribution of seeds of improved varieties and top quality vegetables, Value Seeds is active in seed systems reengineering.    The Company is the first and only Seed Company in Nigeria to launch a formal commercial extension program.  Since 2016, we have supported farmers in the areas of training on best agronomic practices, improving access to contemporary agricultural technologies, improving access to market and provision of inputs support through our field to market agricultural initiative.  Value Seeds Limited has supported more than 15,000 farmers in targeted interventions since 2016.   Our commercial extension intervention started in Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Benue States.  In 2018, we are working in collaboration with Odua Chamber of Commerce, in Oyo, Osun and Ekiti States to avail farmers in these States the benefits of contemporary agricultural technologies.

Women and youth are key focus in our drive to improve livelihood of smallholder farmers.  We are collaborating in 2018 in PERL-ARC/BIF Women Agricultural Support Program in Kaduna State, which has kick started support for 5,000 women and youth smallholder farmers.  Value Seeds has also commenced her commercial maize grain production program with 7,000 smallholder farmers in Kaduna and Kano States.  We are part of the revolutionary Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) agricultural consortium that seeks to impact selected crops value chain in Nigeria, among which are Maize, Rice, Soybean and Cassava. Since we started our program of taking technology to the farmer in 2016, we have improved the livelihood of more than 50,000 farm families in Nigeria.   In 2018, we will work with 20,000 farmers in Kaduna State, 1,000 farmers in Kano State, 1,000 farmers in Benue State, and 5,000 farmers in Oyo-Osun-Ekiti States.  Activities in some of these states have started.  We have recruited 100 Technology Enhancers and have given each a motorcycle for effective technology dissemination.

We are leading in climate-resilient and nutrition-sensitive agriculture. We have two flagship products, Value Kit-Maize and R-Kit, which are technological products for a farmer to produce high quality maize and rice respectively on a quarter of a hectare of farmland.

We have just been inducted by IITA as Year 5 Implementers of Aflasafe Program and have placed an initial order for 60,000 kilograms.   Our farmers are excited about Value Kit-maize that contains Aflasafe.

Purpose of the Job 

The result-driven individual will be responsible for implementing, developing and managing Quality Assurance/Quality Control responsibilities with focus on providing high quality products, processes and procedures in order to meet the goals of the company and the needs of customers.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensures all testing protocols, methods, evaluations, interpretations and reporting meet company standards and are in compliance with state, federal and international seed regulatory requirements
  • Assists in the supervision and monitoring of seed quality testing procedures and staff while coordinating testing at multiple sites to develop, document, and implement new testing procedures
  • Represents the Company’s interests at a corporate industry level by managing effective communication and interaction with research, product development, production, sales, inventory, and customer service departments to provide high quality products
  • Seek out standard methodologies and develop comprehensive quality control protocols
  • Contributes to Increasing technical capabilities and knowledge of the quality control team

Competencies (Skills/Abilities & Behaviour)

  • Degree in Seed Science, Horticulture or any Agriculture related field.
  • 0 – 1 year of relevant work experience
  • Good networking and alliance building skills
  • User-level computer literacy (Office Package, Outlook, etc.)
  • Inspiring self-starter with high integrity and a positive attitude
  • Intercultural sensitivity to deal with multicultural differences and complex business activities
  • Pro-active in driving continuous improvement to meet customer and company needs
  • Safety, Quality and Service Conscious minded
  • Excels in a fast paced, changing environment
  • Able to cope with pressure and conflicting demands.
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong problem solving ability and decision making
  • Attention to detail
  • Provides solutions and drives closure
  • Analytical skills well developed
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal & written) for effective vendor & internal staff communication
  • Ability and willingness to travel

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Mastercard Foundation Scholar Award letter  or letter of attestation from your  Mastercard Foundation Program Manager at the institution that awarded you the Scholarship. Secondary Scholars who studied in non-Scholars Program partner universities can apply with the award letter they received from their Secondary Education NGO ( Equity, CAMFED, BRAC and FAWE)
  • Copy of ID / Passport proving your citizenship or eligibility to work in the country
  • Copy of Highest Education Certificate/Qualification

Duration & Additional information

  • 6x Months Internship Program ONLY, the host organization reserve the right to extend the internship or convert it to a job based on performance and identified need. No full time jobs are guaranteed
  • All applicants are strongly advised to take note of the minimum eligibility, if all of the requirements are not met, your application will not be processed

We will ensure that no job applicant receives less favorable treatment because of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, colour, race, ethnic origin, religion, disability or age; nor be disadvantaged by any other conditions or requirements which are irrelevant.

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