Director-General – Nigerian Institute of International Affairs at Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Nigerian foreign ministry is a statutory body created to handle the external push of Nigeria’s domestic vision and ideals; it is headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria Amb. Aminu Bashir Wali. As of late its mission has geared towards increasing awareness about Nigeria’s economic potential. It is part of the government’s executive branch.

From 1961 to 1965, Jaja Wachuku was the First substantive Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Commonwealth Relations, later called External Affairs. Before Wachuku’s tenure, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the then Prime Minister, doubled as Foreign Affairs advocate of Nigeria from 1960 to 1961 when his government created an official Foreign Affairs and Commonwealth Relations ministerial position in favour of Mr. Wachuku as pioneer Minister.

Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa set the foundation of the Nigerian foreign policy in his maiden speech to the United Nations General Assembly.Job Description
In line with its enabling Act of 1971 (CAP.311), the Institute is charged, amongst others, with the following key mandates:

Encourage and facilitate the understanding of international affairs and of circumstances, conditions and attitudes of foreign countries and their peoples:
ITo provide and maintain means of information upon international questions and promote the study and investigation of such questions by means of conferences, lectures and discussions, and by the preparation and publication of books, reports or otherwise as may seem desirable so as to development, a body of informed opinions on world affairs; and
To establish contacts with other organizations with similar objectives.

To achieve these mandates, the Institute is also charged with promoting the scientific study of international politics, economics and jurisprudence with a view to:

Providing relevant information to the Government of the Federation and members of the public on matters concerning international relations;
Providing facilities for the training of Nigerian diplomats and personnel of other countries;
Promoting and encouraging the study of and research into all aspects of international affairs;
Arranging international seminars and conferences on any matter relating to its objectives; and
Carrying out such other activities as may be necessary for the attainment of the objectives of the Institute.

Qualifications and Experience
In line with the Act establishing the NIIA, applicants for the post of Director General, must be:

A Professor of high repute in international relations or other related fields in Social Sciences, Humanities and Law; with a minimum of 15 years post-professorial qualification and experience;
Well published nationally and internationally;
Competent administrator with verifiable administrative experience, mature, disposition and exposure, as well as easily able to contribute positively to charting the country’s international relations direction n the emerging world-order
A member of relevant professional organisations;
Able to demonstrate track record in similar position(s) within or outside Nigeria as well as capacity to write research proposals with evidence of previous grant won locally and internationally;
Enthusiastic and able to revive the training programmes of the Institute;
Able to demonstrate leadership capacity and positive temperament, with evidence of ability to lead a high-profile team of world-class academics in international studies and related areas;
Committed to the general ideals of the Public Service of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with respect for the Rule of Law and Human Rights; and
Must be computer literate.

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