Zagreb to Employ Theologians to Lead Communal Infrastructure Projects

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Strange employment practices in the Zagreb city administration continue.

We have long been accustomed to quite interesting employment practices in the Zagreb city government. There are cases of whole families being employed in the city administration and city-owned companies. The most famous example is the Nevistić family. The head of the Office for Local Self-Government Zoran Nevistić has managed to employ almost his whole family, including distant relatives, reports on August 14, 2017.

It is this Office for Local Self-Government which, according to a job description published on the Croatian Employment Service’s website, has posted a rather unusual job ad. They are looking for a senior expert associate, and among acceptable candidates are those with a master’s degree or specialisation in theology.

The duties of the future senior expert associate are described as follows: “Getting acquainted with the business practices and organization of city administration in Zagreb, getting acquainted with tasks related to the preparation and holding of council sessions and the drafting of acts for city neighbourhood and local committees, participating in harmonization and integration of records on the state and use of local government property, participating in the harmonization and processing of data on the needs of citizens in local committees, and preparation of the draft acts for programmes for maintenance of communal infrastructure and plans for communal activities in city neighbourhoods.”

The website of the Catholic Faculty of Theology describes the competencies gained by completing the study of theology as follows: “By completing this study, it is possible to perform certain services in the Church, to act in different forms of pastoral care, and to provide theological and spiritual assistance that affects the wider social and cultural area: human resources, promotion of ecumenical, interreligious and inter-cultural dialogue, media activities in the religious, ethical and social domain, publishing and environmental protection.”

Of course, wanting to attract as many students as possible, all faculties describe very broadly what can be done after the completion of their studies, but even such a wide ranging description as offered by the Catholic Faculty of Theology does not explain how a theologian could prepare official acts, draft programmes for maintaining communal infrastructure, or keep records of the state and use of local self-government property.

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