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  • Posted on: 24 June, 2014 Deadline: 31 July, 2014
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    The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) hereby announces that the position of Rector for the Catholic Institute of West Africa CIWA is vacant. In accordance with the provisions of the Statutes of the Institute it hereby invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for the post.     '

    Established in 1981 as a Higher Ecclesiastical Institute for the study of theology and related disciplines, CIWA was charged with the twin objectives of (i) Contextualizing theology in the socio-cultural milieu of the West African Sub-region and (ii) the development of the human capital for ecclesiastical Institutions and specialized needs of Church and Society. In the past 32 years of her establishment, CIWA has remained faithful to these objectives and has impacted positively on the Church in the West African Sub-region by offering also community services.



    The Rector of the Catholic Institute of West Africa who shall be a cleric and normally of the rank of Professor (CIWA Statutes Art. 30) has the general function of directing the activities of the Institute and shall to the exclusion of any other person or authority be the Chief Executive and Academic Officer of the Institute. He represents the Institute before all external bodies. He is ex-officio member of the Governing Council and of its statutory committees.

    Among other functions, the Rector shall:

    • Be competent at all times to advise the Council on any matters affecting the policy, finance and administration of the Institute;
    • Be generally responsible to the Council for maintaining the efficiency and good order of the Institute and for ensuring discipline and the proper enforcement of the statutes, ordinances and regulations of the Institute and Regulate the admission of students, subject to guidelines and
    • procedures approved by the Senate of the Institute.

    The Rector shall also be:
    (a) A person of unassailable integrity;
    (b) One who understands the contemporary demands of leadership in an academic institute of such kind. He should have a wide academic/administrative experience of at least 10 years in the academic system and be capable of giving dynamic leadership to the Institute.
    (c) A person with high scholastic and academic credentials who must have outstanding accomplishments in academic life.
    (d) A person who must command both national and international respect particularly in the academic world to enhance the good reputation of the Institute.
    (e) A person who is likely to command the respect and loyalty of members of staff and community neighbours of the Institute, and not likely to foster personal, racial, ethnic, political or other sectional interests.
    (f) A person of courage who can take decisions on merit of facts and principles and not on the basis of pressures from individuals or groups;
    (g) A person who can maintain the highest standard of transparency and accountability and who can forge the CIWA communities in Obehie and Port Harcourt into a cohesive unit.

    The Rector shall hold office for four years and may be re-appointed,

    Method of Application

    Interested eligible candidates are expected to submit with their applications, ten (10) copies of their detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) highlighting among others, the following:

    (i) Full names;
    (ii) Date and Place of Birth;
    (iii) Contact Address with e-mail address and telephone numbers;
    (iv) Year of Ordination/Profession
    (v) Academic qualifications (degrees with Classes and copies of credentials to be enclosed);
    (vi) Teaching, research, administrative and managerial experience;
    (vii) Membership of academic and professional bodies;
    (viii) Publications;
    (ix) A statement of his Vision and Mission for CIWA
    (x) Names and addresses of three (3) referees who should be able to attest to the candidate's academic and managerial abilities as well as his moral character and uprightness. (The candidates should request their Bishops/superiors to forward references directly to- the President, Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria)

    • In the case of nominated or "searched candidate" the CV must be accompanied by a letter of consent duly signed and dated by the candidate.
    • All applications are to be forwarded by hand or Courier Service addressed to the

    Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria c/o
    Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria,
    P.O.Box 6523,
    Garki Abuja, Nigeria
    Tel: 08033320217

    Closing date for submission of application is Thursday, July 31,2014.

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