Job ads for senior executive positions in university always state Call for Nomination and Application.
Contrary to nomination for awards, the nominator cannot actually nominate the nominee, but just a useless introduction. The nominee should personally apply for the position. By the nomination, just the committee secretary asks the nominee to submit an application. Even without nomination, they normally send the call to many potential candidates to apply if they are interested.
My question is who should nominate who?
Nominator is a friend of nominee. Then, why he does not encourage his friend to apply by direct contacting him instead of the search committee to ask my friend to apply.
Nominator knows nominee from distance. First, why no contacting him directly. Second, why nominating someone qualified when we do not sure if he plans to leave his current job.
In general, I am curious if this nomination system has any effect on the recruitment process? If I think someone that I know is suitable for a position, I will inform him about the vacancy and encourage him to apply. Why should I ask the search committee to ask him to apply.
One may say that people are more interested to apply when they are invited, but we know that this is not a real invitation, as they invite anyone to apply, since the applications are reviewed together. Note that these jobs are not based on "nomination only".
In most cases, the job advertisement has a title of call for nominations and application, but in any case, there is an instruction for nomination along with application. Normally, nominations are accepted via email, while applications should be submitted online.