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List of current vacancies:

1 | Senior Communications and Social Media Officer (Deadline: 30 Jul. 2020)

2 | Chief Financial Officer (Deadline: 30 Jul. 2020)

3 | English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Faculty Member (Deadline: 05 Aug. 2020)

4 | Manager of Advancement for Kazakhstan (Deadline: Position open until filled)

5 | Student Life Advisor (Deadline: Position open until filled)

6 | Campus Counsellor (Deadline: Position open until filled)

Senior Communications and Social Media Officer

Position: Senior Communications and Social Media Officer
Department: Advancement and Public Affairs Department (APA)
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 30 July 2020

Summary of Position
The Senior Communications and Social Media Officer is a key member of the University of Central Asia’s Advancement and Public Affairs (APA) team. The Officer’s primary responsibilities include internal and external communications across all public affairs functions. She/he is responsible for the University’s content on the website, online channels, and social media to give broad exposure to UCA’s online presence to strengthen UCA’s brand. S/he leads website content management, liaises with staff regionally, manages internal workflow processes, develops communications pieces, monthly Newsletter content, as well as periodic brochures, Annual Report, and coordinates digital marketing and promotional strategies. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Writer and coordinator for communicating success stories, brochure content, and contributing to the development and updating of UCA publications and editorials.
  • Coordinate and implement digital marketing and promotional efforts through a variety of platforms including e-newsletters, announcements, advertising and social media campaigns.
  • Effectively plan, develop, write, edit, produce and manage social media activity to enhance UCA’s profile and media presence, including sharing posts with relevant stakeholders on social media.
  • Manage website content (English, Russian), coordinate timely updates, ensure site is operating properly, maintain website archive, and collect statistics.
  • Manage content for APA section on the UCA Intranet, and ensure all Public Relations-related resources are up-to-date.
  • Format and disseminate UCA newsletters, press releases, job vacancies, public lecture announcements, student recruitment material, and e-blasts on the Mailchimp server.
  • Liaise with staff from Aga Khan Development Network agencies in the region and globally, and promote UCA’s activities, success stories, and achievements.
  • Liaise with UCA department staff from the Central Administration Office, research institutes, schools, and campus locations to receive updates on activities and programmes, and coordinate with partners on collaborative projects.
  • Develop PowerPoint presentation decks for senior staff, government meetings and key stakeholders, ensuring consistency, appropriateness and accurate content.
  • Monitoring of relevant news media across Central Asian English-based media sites, as well as social media channels, and compile data for management reports.
  • Assist with coordination and management for media representatives and journalists during high profile events and media visits.
  • Conduct ongoing research on university websites, fundraising tools, social media integration and trends, and suggest best practices.
  • Coordinate in-house translation of UCA website content, social media, and other publications.
  • Execute photography assignments as required.
  • Develop and supervise UCA staff workshops, including faculty onboarding and presentations on APA policies and expectations.
  • Assist with the management of department resources, media interviews, and supervision of interns.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Advancement and Public Affairs.
 Required Qualifications and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree (Masters preferred) and three years of communications experience preferably in a University setting.
  • Working knowledge of Central Asian digital media outlets.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, and ability to coordinate various individuals, departments and stakeholders.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Ability to use judgment and to keep confidential information secure.
  • Ability to gather and analyse data for management reports.
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills, and ability to produce content in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Familiarity with Central Asian secondary and post-secondary education landscape an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce compelling original work for the newsletter, web and social media.
  • Experience in working with international organisations and NGOs.
  • Fluency in oral and written English. Ability to read and speak Russian an asset.
How to Apply
To apply for the position, please submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information of three references to the AKDN Career Centre at by July 30, 2020
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Chief Financial Officer

Position: Chief Financial Officer
Department: Finance
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 30 July 2020

The University of Central Asia is seeking a Chief Financial Officer who will be part of UCA’s senior executive team and report to the Rector. The successful candidate will be responsible for the review, refinement, and implementation of UCA’s financial strategy, metrics tied to that strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve the UCA assets and accurate financial reporting. The Chief Financial Officer will oversee and manage all financial matters of the University and play a key role in the strategy planning, development, and financial operations of a multi-campus university.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Contribute to the achievement of UCA's objectives by developing the short- and long- term financial strategy.
  • Review, manage and develop, as required, the financial systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Oversee the production of accurate and timely financial information about UCA's financial status and performance.
  • Oversee smooth transition from iScala to SAP Finance Module and ensure its effective and efficient use for data-driven financial planning and providing input for taking informed decisions on University’s strategic matters.
  • Develop and control UCA's annual operating budget to ensure that all financial targets are met.
  • Oversee financial control and the production of all necessary statements and reports to enable the accurate financial reporting and management analysis.
  • Provide financial management and control for the construction of physical facilities.
  • Carry out all the necessary actions to ensure that UCA meets its financial and legal obligations at local, national, and international levels.
  • Direct and control the staff of the Finance Division to ensure that they are appropriately motivated and trained in order to carry out their responsibilities to the required standards.
  • Ensure that a comprehensive insurance programme is maintained for all institutional insurable risks.
  • Develop and implement a strategic plan to build local capacity in finance for UCA in the long term.
Knowledge and Competencies
  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience, and communication skills.
  • Highly advanced analytical skills and technical knowledge of financial systems, processes and policies.
  • The ability to establish, direct and integrate business and finance policies, operations, and programs.
  • Superior accounting skills and experience, budgeting and financial modeling capabilities, and an understanding of sophisticated databases and large institutional networks.
  • The ability to review and assess the operational and financial viability of new and existing contractual managements and grant proposals.
  • Knowledge of investment strategies and techniques, assets and funds management principles, methods, and techniques.
  • Cultural and gender sensitivity, flexibility, and a multidisciplinary approach to work effectively with a wide range of diverse constituencies at the local, regional, and international level.
Required Qualifications and Experience
  • A senior-level professional with a minimum of 8-12 years of relevant experience, 5 years of which should be in a financial leadership role, preferably within a major university or in an international / multi-campus setting.
  • An advanced degree in business administration, finance management, public administration, or another relevant field. Professional certification (CPA or CA) is essential.
  • Demonstrated skill in business administration, budget preparation and control, data processing and information systems as well as practical knowledge of accounting, computer operations, record keeping and financial management procedures.
  • Superior interpersonal skills to manage multi-cultural personnel and foster team• building among staff in multiple locations.
  • Strong oral and written English communication skills are required.
  • Experience in financial management and control of construction budgets is highly desirable.
  • Previous overseas experience and/or experience with international organizations would be an asset.
  • Proficiency in Russian and/or Kyrgyz, Tajik or Kazakh languages will be a benefit.
How to Apply
Please send a Cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to by 30 July 2020. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Chief Financial Officer”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Faculty Member

Position: English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Faculty Member
Department: School of Arts & Sciences
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyzstan and/or Khorog, Tajikistan
Deadline: 05 August 2020

Commencement Date: September 1st 2020

Summary of Position
The School of Arts and Sciences is seeking an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Faculty Member to teach at the undergraduate campuses in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan and/or Khorog, Tajikistan. The faculty member should have an active involvement in the development, planning, preparation and undertaking of all academic upgrading initiatives related to EAP instruction. This individual is expected to teach students in large and small groups, in face-to-face and online settings from Central Asia in a preparatory programme. The English curriculum of the Preparatory Programme and the teaching approach are based on integrated skills with the topics connected to core literacies and embedded in the Central Asian context as well as aligned with the Mathematics, Science and Liberal Arts curriculum. Consequently, the hope is for these students to become proficient in academic writing and research skills. In the liberal arts and pre-requisite years, the EAP faculty will be involved in supporting students during academic writing labs.

Central to the vision of UCA is to create an outstanding teaching and research institution that excels in the generation and application of knowledge. Academic programmes combine a student-centered environment of a liberal arts college with the intellectual excitement of being at the frontiers of knowledge offered by a research university. The language of instruction for undergraduate studies is English. We are seeking someone who is committed to teaching and intellectually inquisitive.

Overall Programme Outcomes for English 
The EAP Faculty Member will teach a series of English Courses and will be responsible for engendering the following learning outcomes among students: 
  • Comprehend oral information and be able to reflect that understanding in discussion and writing
  • Produce short essays with clear purpose and linguistic accuracy 
  • Present written and oral information in a well-reasoned, organized, and engaging manner
  • Conduct research to inform the development of and response to a research question 
  • Apply literary techniques to the analysis of a wide range of texts
  • Critique nonfiction texts to determine the validity of arguments
  • Synthesize relevant information from a variety of sources in support of an argument
  • Write fiction and nonfiction for academic purposes
  • Conceptualize and write project proposals
  • Design full scale projects involving the presentation of written, oral, and graphical information
  • Integrate writing from different group members into a coherent narrative with one voice
Minimum Qualifications
  • A Master’s Degree from an internationally recognised university in English as a Foreign Language, or Applied Linguistics 
  • TESOL, TEFL, or other teaching English as a Second Language certification (minimum 300 hours including a practicum) 
  • Experience (5+ years) in teaching EAP to high school and/or university students 
  • Native-like English 

Desirable Attributes

  • A Ph.D. from an internationally recognized university would be an asset  
  • Experience with EAP curriculum development 
  • Experience in developing and delivering training modules to other teachers, tutors, mentors, etc. 
  • Professional familiarity with Central Asian secondary and post-secondary education landscape would be an asset 
  • Experience teaching intercultural communication, academic writing labs would be an advantage
  • Advanced Russian and some knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik or Kazakh would be an asset 

Rank will be based on the candidate’s prior experience and record.

The EAP Faculty Member will:  
  • Report to the Dean of School of Arts & Sciences 
  • You should be prepared relocate by mid-late August 2020 for acculturation and to prepare for teaching.
Salary and Package
Commensurate with qualification and experience to attract the best candidate. 

The job description is subject to change. 

How to Apply
To apply please send us (1) an up-to-date resume; (2) a sample of any published work; (3) two references (to attest to your teaching experience,) and (4) teaching evaluations from the last three years of employment (if available) to by 5 August 2020. Please use: “English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Faculty Member” as the subject header and indicate how you heard about us.

For more information about UCA’s academic programmes please visit 

Manager of Advancement for Kazakhstan

Position: Manager of Advancement for Kazakhstan
Department: Advancement and Public Affairs
Duty station: Almaty, Kazakhstan
Deadline: Position open until filled

Deadline: Position open until filled

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The incumbent will be responsible for the planning and implementation of UCA’s development strategies related to fund raising in Central Asia, and Kazakhstan in particular. He/she will identify and work with high net worth individuals, corporations, and international partners, to address the growing operational and capital needs of the University. One of the key roles of the Manager is to encourage senior staff and faculty in developing attractive gift opportunities and fundraising proposals to garner support for capital investments, on-going academic programmes, new initiatives, annual giving, and alumni contributions.

The Manager will assist the Director of Advancement and Public Affairs (APA) in overseeing the University’s fundraising campaigns and annual giving drives; develop and administer donor recognition policies; establish on-going dialogue and communication with existing and potential donors; and effectively track fundraising pledges, collections, and acknowledgement of gifts.

In addition to responsibilities related to resource mobilization, this position requires the incumbent to have an in-depth understanding of communication and marketing techniques to effectively create awareness and cultivate a broad range of potential donors.

Main Duties and Responsibilities  
  • Assist the Director of APA in developing and achieving fundraising goals, strategies, plans and objectives for potential donors in Central Asia.
  • Identify prospects and develop strategies to cultivate and solicit major gifts from corporations, and high net worth individuals in Kazakhstan.
  • Prepare fundraising proposals and gift opportunities for solicitating donations from existing as well as new prospects.
  • Identify and analyse information pertinent to the development of relationships with potential individual donors and corporations.
  • Prepare and present fund raising status reports to University officials.
  • Develop and administer recognition policies, and establish on-going dialogue and communication with existing and potential donors.
  • Visit donors, donor organisations, and foundations throughout Kazakhstan to raise awareness of the University’s programmes, new initiatives, and achievements, with the objective of soliciting gifts. 
  • Supervise and implement an effective programme of communication and stewardship for all donors and prospects.
  • Organise events on campus and elsewhere to showcase key programmes and achievements of UCA, with the objective of creating awareness and seeking donor support.
  • Plan and manage various campaigns and annual giving drives to achieve established fund raising targets and goals.
  • Recruit, train, and oversee volunteers in various donor geographies, to ensure they become effective in donor research, cultivation, solicitation (where appropriate), and follow up.
  • Establish systems for the effective tracking of fundraising drives, pledges, collections, acknowledgement of gifts, and timely collection of pledges.
  • Cultivate relationships with Central Asian and international media to give UCA greater regional and global exposure.
  • Provide strategic guidance to all entities and officers of the University on communications and marketing, media engagement, and donor event planning and management.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of APA.
Required Qualifications and Experience 
  • Master’s degree, preferably in business, marketing, public relations, fundraising, government, or other germane fields. Relevant experience in lieu of a Master’s degree may be considered in exceptional cases.
  • At least ten years of experience in the corporate, business, or marketing profession. Previous fundraising experience is desirable.
  • The ability to motivate volunteers to engage with potential donors, and ensure effective follow up.
  • Maturity and ability to work with senior persons including UCA’s management team. 
  • Ability and stamina to travel regionally and internationally.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Fundraising and communications for an innovative institution like UCA requires the ability to think creatively, and a strong commitment to the mission and objectives of the University.
  • Demonstrated record of establishing relationships and rapport with the media.
  • Fluency in English, Kazakh, and Russian. Ability to speak in Kyrgyz and Tajik, an asset.
Reporting Relationship and Location
The position reports to the Director of Advancement and Public Affairs of UCA and will be based in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Applications will be reviewed when received, and the position is open until filled. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “KZ Manager of Advancement”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Student Life Advisor

Position: Student Life Advisor
Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic and Khorog, Tajikistan (please indicate the location of interest)
Deadline: Position open until filled

Deadline: Open until filled

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
UCA is seeking Student Life Advisors (SLA) who will help develop, coordinate, and maintain programmes within and beyond the residence hall with the aim of providing a positive intellectual, emotional, and social living environment for students. The SLA is a peer leader to students who supervises students living in UCA’s residence halls and is often the first point of contact for students with academic, institutional, or personal questions. The main responsibility of the SLA is to provide support, encouragement, and leadership to their campus community and to help build a strong, welcoming, and inclusive campus community, while encouraging an immersive English language environment. 

The SLA will serve as a supportive and helpful resource, providing academic, personal advice and guidance to students. UCA will have three SLAs per campus and each will be responsible for the design and implementation of various programmatic that can be but are not limited to the following: (1) Athletics, Wellness, and Recreational Programmes; (2) Student Clubs and Student Leadership Programmes, and (3) Community Service Programs (4) Special Events. All SLAs will support Residence Life, live in the dormitories, and will help to resolve and/or mediate roommate disputes; provide after-hours emergency assistance to residents; ensure adherence to the Residence Rules and Regulations; and assist with orientation of new residents. Student Life Advisors will be required to live in the dormitories of the UCA campus. 

Main Responsibilities Include:
  • Provide meaningful, education, co-curricular, experiential, and social programming to support students' growth, development, and relationship building; 
  • Lead in the implementation of all athletics (e.g. sports teams, fitness programs, outdoor activities etc.), student clubs (e.g. Debate Club, Model United Nations, Theater Club, Research Club etc.), student leadership (e.g. Student Association), diversity and inclusion activities, community service, and academic support (e.g. tutoring) on campus; 
  • Lead orientation programmes for first year students to ensure they are properly settled into campus life and are comfortable living away from home;
  • Offer programmes that orient students to the university resources available to them, and those that will help students find their niche in the wider campus community; 
  • Assist with organizing university-wide events, floor events, training and guidance to student groups, event planning, fiscal management, procurement etc.;
  • In some instances, support academic programmes; 
  • Create diversity and inclusion programming that could include workshops or events and encourage a daily practice of tolerance and understanding;
  • Help establish a campus community to create an ethically sound student body.
Rules and Policies:
  • Encourage an immersive English language environment, which will be critical for the success of students in UCA’s academic programmes;
  • Educate residents on the policies and procedures of Residential Life, Student Code of Conduct, and the university overall; 
  • Hold residents accountable for their behavior; 
  • Perform as a mediator in conflicts among residents and staff. 
Facilities, Amenities and Administrative Tasks:
  • Keeping track of student residents;
  • Document policy violations, create reports, survey analysis;
  • Report maintenance and facility concerns, conduct health and safety inspections, and some dormitory walk throughs;
  • Procure items for students and handle logistics queries.
Student Liaison:
  • Assist residents in developing relationships with each other;
  • Promote student involvement in university activities and events; 
  • Act as a positive role model for both fellow staff members and residents by not participating in questionable and unethical behaviors and by following the highest standards of personal conduct; 
  • Counsel residents regarding personal and academic concerns; 
  • Be visible, regularly available, and accessible to address residents' needs or concerns;
  • At times required to work evenings and weekends to monitor student programming or events.
Wellness and Academic Support:
  • Build one-on-one relationships with students with the goal of helping them develop as well-rounded individuals; 
  • Provide support related to study skills, time management, reasoning, etc.
Minimum Qualifications and Relevant Experience 
  • Bachelor’s Degree is required;
  • At least two years’ experience tutoring or working with students in upper years of high school or the first and second year of university; 
  • Experience working with or leading one or more of the following programmes for students: Athletics Programmes, Student Clubs and/or Student Leadership Programmes, Academic Support Programmes, Residential Life
  • Event planning and logistics experience is an asset;
  • Demonstrates sensitivity to and interest in people, neutrality, respect for dignity and open-mindedness on issues; 
  • At least two years of on campus living at a college or university is an asset;
  • Have one to three years of experience working with students, in student services and/or residence life; experience as an RA or RD is preferred; 
  • Self-disciplined; interested in people on an individual basis and aware of the feelings, needs, and rights of others; interested in group living and in promoting positive aspects of community life on the floor and in the hall as a whole;
  • Able and willing to fulfill all management functions; committed to student growth and the concept that student life facilitate the educational and personal development; committed to a flexible work environment
Desired Skills and Qualifications 
  • Demonstrates initiative and is a self-starter;
  • Event planning skills are highly valuable; 
  • Passionate about the quality of life for all residents; 
  • Approachable and accessible to residents; 
  • Discreet, will respect confidentiality guidelines at all times, and has demonstrated tact, good judgement, maturity and a high level of conduct when dealing with others; 
  • Good listener and possesses an ability to communicate effectively; 
  • Effective in helping residents to understand/resolve their problems and will refer them to a professional resource/counsellor as needed; 
  • Works well in a team setting; 
  • Convey a positive attitude towards the SLA position and its duties and responsibilities; 
  • Can work in a flexible work environment.
  • Advanced English (written and spoken) is required; 
  • Fluency in Russian is required; 
  • Knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik, Shugni and/or Kazakh would be an asset. 
Salary and Package

Salary and package to attract the best candidate. The Student Life Advisor is required to live on campus in the dormitories and must be available to be on-call. 

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to AKDN Career Centre

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Campus Counsellor

Position: Campus Counsellor
Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: Position open until filled

Reports to: Manager of Student Affairs
Deadline: Open until filled

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The University of Central Asia is seeking a full-time Counsellor to provide a student-centered, inclusive and proactive support system for students of UCA under the general direction of the Manager of Student Affairs, who is part of the Dean’s Management Team. The position will be based on the Naryn campus in Kyrgyzstan. The successful candidate is primarily responsible for the provision of guidance and counselling services to students who are seeking solutions to personal concerns, but the Counsellor will also provide career and academic services to students. He or she will address the full spectrum of student issues at an individual and group level.  The Counsellor will work with the Career and Co-operative Education centre to provide career advice to students and work intimately with the primary health care professionals to respond to campus health care needs as one seamless, overall service. The Counsellor will address students’ developmental and personal problems, mental health problems and crises. 

Counselling Services directly support the mission of the University of Central Asia by engaging in activities that facilitate the student learning experience and increase student engagement and success.  The Counsellor will also assist with residence life, student orientations and other activities that enhance well-being; deliver student support courses such as life skills, career exploration, school life balance and related activities. The Counsellor will oversee a series of programme interventions with an emphasis on prevention and catching issues early on that address the needs and pre-existing issues faced at a remote university campus in Central Asia.  The counsellor will need to be the kind of individual who can develop and deliver innovative programmes and support structures that are responsive to the needs of Central Asian students, faculty and their families. 
Additional Responsibilities Include:
Health and Psychological Counselling Services 
  • Offer mental health assessment and counselling to students on a wide variety of issues including suspected or confirmed mental health problems;
  • Create awareness among students, faculty and staff regarding mental health and diversity issues; 
  • Develop and manage support programs for campus crises;
  • Offer personal counselling to students adjusting to post-secondary studies and living away from home. 
Faculty and Staff 
  • Provide confidential consultations to staff/faculty and their families on an individual basis regarding matters both personal and professional i.e. stress and mental health problems;
  • Offer a variety of educational and training workshops for faculty and their families;
  • Work closely with other student services areas (e.g. security, nurse, residence advisors) to ensure a holistic and seamless approach.
Desired Qualities and Capacities: 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a diverse student body, preferably with experience in the developing world and/or in a rural community;
  • A capacity to handle sensitive situations and confidential information with discretion and a genuine concern for student success;
  • An understanding of issues and cultural norms experienced by Central Asian students;
  • An ability to establish a cooperative work environment and create strong collaborative relationships;
  • Proven ability to engage students, staff and faculty in developing a healthy campus culture that supports well-being;
  • Experience working with health care professionals to offer integrated mental and health services such as critical incident training;
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with academic personnel and leadership;
  • Willingness to build expertise in career counselling;
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office
Minimum Qualifications and Relevant Experience 
  • Graduate Degree in Counselling Psychology from a reputable graduate program;
  • One year of supervised clinical counselling training;  
  • Minimum of one-year psychological counselling experience;
  • Preference will be given to applicants with two years of personal, mental health, crisis and student success counselling at a post-secondary institution within the past five years;
  • Professionalism, tact, accuracy, timeliness, and sensitivity are required to effectively advise students and to maintain and enhance relationships with students; 
  • Experience with group and/or workshop facilitation including development of seminars;
  • Specialized training and credentials in any areas of critical incident training, mental health training, and/or diversity training is an asset.
  • Advanced English is required, Russian fluency is strongly preferred; 
  • Working knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik, and Kazakh would be an asset.
  • Reports to the Manager of Student Affairs, works closely with the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Cooperative Education Office, Faculty and Staff.
Salary and Package
Salary and package to attract the best candidate. 

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to AKDN Career Centre

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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