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1 | International Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Programs Trainer (Deadline: 14 Apr. 2021)

2 | Quality Assurance and Curriculum Specialist (Deadline: 20 Apr. 2021)

3 | Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Programs Trainer (5 positions) (Deadline: 30 Apr. 2021)

4 | Junior Internal Auditor (Deadline: 30 Apr. 2021)

5 | Dean of Graduate School of Development (Deadline: 01 May 2021)

6 | Graduate Placement Advisor (re-announcement) (Deadline: 04 May 2021)

7 | IT Intern (re-announcement) (Deadline: Position open until filled)

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


International Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Programs Trainer

Position: International Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Programs Trainer
Department: Centre for Entrepreneurship (NCE), School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE)
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 14 April 2021

Country and Program Background:
The Kyrgyz Republic, a land-locked, lower middle-income country, is home to an ethnically diverse population of approx. 6.4 million people. The country’s GDP currently sits at $6.8 billion with a GNI per capita of $1,100. The economy is dominated by subsistence agriculture and extraction industries; however, the unemployment rate remains relatively high, at 7% nationwide. Approx. 25% of the population live below the poverty line, whereas population growth is outpacing the increase in job availability. With 25.7% of the national population aged between 14-28 years old, the country’s unemployment of youth (18-28 years old) is 57.3% . From 2.4 million jobs in 2017, 1.7 million are based on individual entrepreneurship (71%), that contributes 40% of the country’s GDP in 2018 .
For the purpose of promoting opportunities for youth to become self-employed through supporting creative start-ups and initiatives to entrepreneurship and employability skills, The UCA is developing and launching the dedicated Centre for Entrepreneurship (NCE). The Centre is to create a holistic facility for the provision of intense entrepreneurship and business development trainings, business incubation and mentoring programs. The Centre aims to create a sustainable pipeline of new SMEs that have the potential for future growth. The Centre is being established based on the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE). SPCE is one of the three Schools at UCA, that fosters community engagement by offering a wide range of non-degree courses and programs for employment and education skills and qualification, including Startup and Existing Business Development Program to a broad spectrum of participants. It has played an important role in improving the livelihoods and living conditions of people in the remote mountainous regions of Central Asia. 

Position Objective:
The International Entrepreneurship and Busines Incubation Programs Trainer is a fixed-term project assignment position with a full day engagement. The main objective of this position is to deliver Training of Trainers (TOT) to 5 local (EEU countries) trainers on entrepreneurship, business development and business incubation by adopting and contextualizing best-practices, knowhow, formats and methodology existing elsewhere in the world into the business environment of the Kyrgyz Republic and Central Asian region. The 5 local trainers will in their turn deliver rigorous training on two practical programs in Entrepreneurship and Business Incubations. To ensure the development of a sustainable and growing pipeline of startup projects development and their go-to-market strategy/ MVP validation cycles, the provision of mentoring, follow-up and business incubation services beyond initial training in entrepreneurship with approx. $3,000 seed grant fund to small business, is essential. The 90 students/entrepreneurs and 5 trainers will then jointly create, validate, optimize, track and mentor their progress from idea creation to the first profit generation during the first two cycles of their operations. 
Through the Centre, UCA aims to provide high-quality support and training to entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, helping them to establish their business ideas, to understand customer requirements, to gauge market demand, and hence to build sustainable business models. In doing so, UCA will strengthen the MSME pipeline by providing a comprehensive offering of space, infrastructure, intellectual resources, high quality mentorship and access to a network of investors. While the overall objective is to create an environment for business incubation with a successful track record of spinouts, that has a direct contribution to the growth of economic activity in the region, the key performance indicators of the project are # of business plans/startups successfully taken to the market upon Entrepreneurship and Incubation Programs, # of jobs created by entrepreneurs and businesses incubated, $ sales revenue generated by entrepreneurs and businesses incubated.
In essence, the expectation is that participants will be enabled to develop their own businesses and thus become much-needed job creators. In addition to existing in the Kyrgyz Republic technopoles, business upscale programs, the goal is to create a startup ecosystem for business development and a network of international startups with a focus on internationalizing and digitalizing.
The Centre will serve two target audiences: (i) local communities, and particularly youth, in line with UCA’s mission to support regional economic development job creation – particularly in remote mountainous areas, and (ii) UCA students and graduates. In the initial years of the Centre it is expected to focus primarily on serving local community members. The two critical programs of Entrepreneurship and Business incubation are being established as described below. 
 
Expert Entrepreneurship training. Current entrepreneurship training provided by development agencies and businesses associations in Central Asia is usually of short duration and is often generic in nature. In contrast, UCA’s Centre will develop and provide a variety of training programmes, based on specific need and catering to local demand. Examples under consideration include:
  • Introductory: Entry-level training aimed at those individuals who are interested in the basics of business development. Potential topics include financial literacy, budgeting, business planning, etc. These skills are transferrable and even if individuals choose not to continue in the business education cycle, they will still obtain a valuable skillset which could help support them in securing future employment. (1-month)
  • Entrepreneurship training: A more intensive training that dives into the above-mentioned topics in more detail. Entrepreneurs will also learn concepts of social entrepreneurship as well as more advanced business concepts including leadership and operations to help them start their own businesses or help grow their current businesses. (2-months)
  • Advanced training: This training will be focused on individuals who are interested in entering the incubation programme. It will cover all topics covered previously but will also include more context and will be more strategy focused. It will also offer support in preparation for incubation itself. (1-month)
  • Possible modules of Entrepreneurship Program: Product creation and business modeling; Finance and unit economics; Investment (applying for loans or seeking potential investment); IT & Digital Marketing (IT remote PM, CRM, marketing and export sales/trade platforms and mobile apps); Critical soft skills of entrepreneur (Resilience/EQ, Communication, Agile PMP, Leadership, Business Decision Making). 
Business Incubation Programme. Several incubators are operational in both the Kyrgyz Republic and in Tajikistan. These largely operate on Western models, applying North American and European learning to the Central Asian landscape. In contrast, the Trainer and the UCA Team will draw on the academic expertise of its units, particularly IPPA, to create a contextually-relevant incubation programme that is specifically designed for the needs of its target audience. Entrepreneurs participating in the programme will be mentored by expert staff from the Centre, as well as by a network of business professionals in Kyrgyzstan and the region. The incubation process will also prepare businesses for applying for loans or seeking potential investment. 
  • The incubation programme itself will consist of a 4-month (3-cycles per year) national programme to incubate small businesses (target of 8 ventures of 4 persons each). Participants of the incubation programme will be provided with workspace, mentorship support and networking opportunities to help start viable businesses. Each 4-month cycle will culminate with a “Demo-Day”, in which potential investors will be invited to meet with the aspiring entrepreneurs. Subject to compliance with local laws and taxation regulations, UCA will keep average of 10% equity in commercial ventures incubated at the centre. This will be a potential source of revenue after successful exits.
  • The incubation program may be “mixed-use” or “specialized” with a focus on industries/niches/business models, such as rural/eco/medicinal tourism (professional services, creative industries: HoReCa, fashion, etc.); bio agribusiness (manufacturing, processing, digital marketing, technology, etc.); green economy (environment/clean energy technologies).
Key Deliverables:  
  • Develop Expert TOT for local trainers on Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Programs;
  • Conduct Expert TOT for local trainers on Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Programs;
  • Develop Entrepreneurship Training Program for entrepreneurs (To be developed in collab. with entrepreneurs, other international trainer, local trainers, managers of academic affairs, and Team);
  • Develop a Business Incubation Program (working concept, activities, etc.) for entrepreneurs in collab. with entrepreneurs, other international trainer, local trainers, managers of academic affairs, and Team;
  • Develop a Pre-Incubation program (Possible Pre-Incubation activities include events such as a Startup Weekend, a Business Model Competition, Ideas Dating, Hackathons, as well as a 2-4-week programme to help polish a business idea and develop a pitch, under the guidance of expert mentors).
Reporting Requirements: 
  • Students (% of alumni local trainers satisfied with TOT) evaluation grade not lower than 80%;
  • The successful incubation rate is not lower than 80% (36 out of 45 incubations);
  • Assessment by the Manager of Academic Affairs not lower than 4.0 out of 5.0; 
  • Inception Report (methodology including the training plan, methodology, and work plan);
  • Presentation of the Inception Report; 
  • A final report (on electronic and hard copy);
  • Submission of a draft report of the training including all annexes;
  • An electronic/hard copy of all training tools, presentation, and training material data set; 
  • Attendance sheets of participants, pre and post evaluation;
  • Reports on Entrepreneurship and Incubation Programs.
Planned Activities and Scope of Services: 
  • Development of courses and/within entrepreneurship and business incubation programs;
  • Training of local trainers;
  • Provision of first training cycles and incubation activities;
  • Incubation Program including development of relevant curriculum and teaching materials;
  • International Curriculum Development for local trainers and staff in entrepreneurship training program and business incubation program, (locals, 10 persons – 2 months);
  • In collaboration with other stakeholders the Trainer will develop plans for potential entrepreneurs and businesses from commercial product creation to first profit generation;
  • Support startups through rigorous training program in entrepreneurship and business development as well as business incubation program to grow and prosper;
  • The Trainer will oversee the execution of the project in accordance with the approved Workplan, conduct trainings and developing strategies for capacity building in entrepreneurship.
  • The trainer will oversee professional development of entrepreneurs, development of financial plans and financial forecasts, prepare reports, monitoring the project and oversee development of a strategical plan of 45 incubated business ideas.
Main Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Developing and delivering TOT for local trainers on Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Programs;
  • Develop Entrepreneurship Training Program and Business Incubation Programs for entrepreneurs (To be developed in collab. with entrepreneurs, other international trainer, local trainers, managers of academic affairs, and Team);
  • Develop a Pre-Incubation Program (Possible pre-Incubation activities include events such as a Startup Weekend, a Business Model Competition, Ideas Dating, Hackathons, as well as a 2-4-week programme to help polish a business idea and develop a pitch, under the guidance of expert mentors.) for entrepreneurs in collab. with entrepreneurs, other international trainer, local trainers, managers of academic affairs, and Team; 
  • Support local trainers with organization and delivery of Trainings, pre-incubation and incubation programs for students (e.g., the design of course materials, consultations, etc.);
  • Provide advice directly/through experts for business development of entrepreneurial ventures;
  • Develop and enhance institutional/organisational capacity/ability of target groups through;
  • Training and professional growth of local start-ups and existing business ideas;
  • Mentoring / coaching and on-site counselling;
  • Study tours / masterclasses, exchanging best practice experience in the relevant fields;
  • Organizing expert groups and workshops in collaboration with local entrepreneurs and local government (developing agenda, list of participants for the training workshops, and preparing discussion points, etc.);
  • Drafting workplans, budgets, TORs of programs/trainings, reports, and other project documents (as requested);
  • Showcase and test the developed business incubation program;
  • Guiding business ideas from idea to prototype to market launch;
  • Provide business incubation, acceleration and mentoring services to start-ups and innovators;
  • Provide consultancy support in fields of entrepreneurship, innovation, business incubation, science, technology, and SME development;
  • Report trends in technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship related issues;
  • Provide training, HR development, mentoring and other services in these fields;
  • Liaise with international partners and other project beneficiaries to promote the project and training activities;
  • Consistently keeping a record of participation of individuals and other documentation flow both in paper and online (individual plans, examination registers, grade reports);
  • Ensure that the lessons are planned and delivered in a highly participative and interactive manner and responsive to the request and suggestions of the students.
Required Qualification and Experience: 
  • University degree in education, social sciences, Entrepreneurship or related field;
  • At least 5 years of work experience in business development and entrepreneurship;
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in teaching Entrepreneurship;
  • International certifications confirming pedagogical skills;
  • High level of social competences: excellent intercultural, interpersonal communication (inter-personal skills), team work and ability to transfer knowledge to participants; 
  • Flexibility, client-oriented approach, and ability to adjust to change circumstances and needs;
  • Good understanding of the existing business principals, strategies, and legislation in the area of Custom Union, community development and capacity building; 
  • Any experience in conducting trainings and workshops is a bonus;
  • At least 3 to 5 years of experience in sales/marketing and business management;
  • Experience with mentoring and helping take business ideas/startups to fruition; 
  • Experience in providing consultancy support in fields of entrepreneurship, innovation, business incubation.
Languages: 
  • Advanced proficiency in spoken and written English;
  • Knowledge of other Central Asian languages (Russian, Kyrgyz, Tajik, etc.) would be a bonus.

Confidentiality:
All information, files, documents and reports will be treated in strict confidence and become the property of the UCA project at the completion of the contract.
 
How to Apply:
Please send us (1) an up-to-date resume; (2) cover letter; (3) A very short technical and financial proposal with a breakdown of the tasks to carry out about how you intend to deliver the assignment (no more than 3 pages for the two combined); (4) Statement of interest and curriculum vitae with at least three professional references; (5) Experience of previously conducting similar assignments (Sample of work with training methodology and work plan) to kg.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 14 April 2021. Please use: “International Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Programs Trainer” as the subject header and indicate how you heard about us.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Quality Assurance and Curriculum Specialist

Position: Quality Assurance and Curriculum Specialist
Department: Centre of Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT)
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Deadline: 20 April 2021

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
Reporting to the Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, the Quality Assurance and Curriculum Specialist supports the Director of the CTLT and the Dean of Arts and Science in setting the strategic direction for quality assurance, curriculum development and program review in the School of Arts and Science. This hands-on, supportive role is crucial to the successful implementation of outcomes-based learning and teaching, the use of innovative and creative practices in teaching and learning approaches, and educational assessment and evaluation, both on-campus and online. The Quality Assurance and Curriculum Specialist will apply quality standards and best practices in curriculum development to support the Associate Deans, Chairs and faculty members in making informed, strategic decisions about curricular renewal, and course and program development. 

Using a scholarly and evidence-based approach the Specialist will develop and implement practices and processes to improve the learning experience of students and the teaching experience of instructors. Grounded in research on educational trends and best practices the Quality Assurance and Curriculum Specialist will coordinate and assist in the implementation of a robust faculty development program for new and seasoned instructors.

Main Duties and Responsibilities 
  • Championing a culture of quality, creativity and excellence in curricular design, delivery, and review
  • Ensuring compliance of standards, regulations, and deliverables around quality assurance of program/curriculum development and review
  • Supporting the School of Arts and Science in faculty development and quality assurance initiatives that enables opportunities for exceptional learner focused experiences
  • Facilitating educational workshops and seminars on curriculum design and development and quality assurance processes and practices
  • Managing, assessing, and enhancing operational activities, processes, and resources/tools for the Quality Assurance initiatives
  • Providing oversight and guidance in the design and completion of projects and activities covering a range of quality assurance priorities within the School of Arts and Science and CTLT
  • Developing, compiling, analyzing, and reporting on key performance metrics for the CTLT
  • Guiding Chairs and faculty in the School of Arts and Science on program and curriculum review and new course development and design 
  • Establishing and enhancing strategic external and internal partnerships to support and enhance quality assurance and accreditation priorities
  • Contributing to the development of the overall CTL operational plan 
  • Other related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications and Experience 
  • PhD in relevant field (i.e. Education or other related field of study) with a focus in Adult Education or post-secondary teaching and learning along with 5 years of experience in quality assurance/curriculum development (or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience). 
  • Teaching experience at the higher education level is required. 
  • Knowledgeable in current trends and best practices in quality assurance and curriculum development
  • Experience in Outcomes based curriculum and program development. 
  • Experience with program review and accreditation processes that align with internal and external requirements. 
  • Creative problem-solving skills with the ability to work independently with minimal direction. 
  • Experience in the research, collection and analysis of data (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills. 
  • Extensive oral and written English communication and editorial skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of Russian language
  • Knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik or Kazakh languages will be an advantage

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references (if available) to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 20 April 2021. Applications will be reviewed when received. Early applications are strongly encouraged. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Quality Assurance and Curriculum Specialist”.
  
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Programs Trainer (5 positions)

Position: Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Programs Trainer (5 positions)
Department: Centre for Entrepreneurship (NCE), School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE)
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 30 April 2021

Country and Program Background
The Kyrgyz Republic, a land-locked, lower middle-income country, is home to an ethnically diverse population of approx. 6.4 million people. The country’s GDP currently sits at $6.8 billion with a GNI per capita of $1,100. The economy is dominated by subsistence agriculture and extraction industries; however, the unemployment rate remains relatively high, at 7% nationwide. Approx. 25% of the population live below the poverty line, whereas population growth is outpacing the increase in job availability. With 25.7% of the national population aged between 14-28 years old, the country’s unemployment of youth (18-28 years old) is 57.3%. From 2.4 million jobs in 2017, 1.7 million are based on individual entrepreneurship (71%), that contributes 40% of the country’s GDP in 2018.

For the purpose of promoting opportunities for youth to become self-employed through supporting creative start-ups and initiatives to entrepreneurship and employability skills, The UCA is developing and launching the dedicated Centre for Entrepreneurship (NCE). The Centre is to create a holistic facility for the provision of intense entrepreneurship and business development trainings, business incubation and mentoring programs. The Centre aims to create a sustainable pipeline of new SMEs that have the potential for future growth. The Centre is being established based on the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE). SPCE is one of the three Schools at UCA, that fosters community engagement by offering a wide range of non-degree courses and programs for employment and education skills and qualification, including Startup and Existing Business Development Program to a broad spectrum of participants. It has played an important role in improving the livelihoods and living conditions of people in the remote mountainous regions of Central Asia. 

Position Objective
The Entrepreneurship and Busines Incubation Programs Trainer is a fixed-term project assignment position with a full day engagement. The main objective of this position is to develop and deliver high-quality Entrepreneurship training Program, Business Incubation Program, and Pre-Incubation Program to local students/entrepreneurs by adopting and contextualizing best-practices, knowhow, formats, and methodology existing elsewhere in the world into the business environment of the Kyrgyz Republic and Central Asian region. As one of the 6 trainers team you will deliver rigorous training on two practical Programs in Entrepreneurship and Business Incubations:
  • providing assistance to entrepreneurs in building value-based sales - customer qualifications and customer segmentation, preparing scripts and materials for value-based sales
  • going deep planning and writing up concrete recipes on how to achieve KPIs for startups and after careful consideration, planning and analysis together with participants
  • providing assistance to entrepreneurs quickly and efficiently test hypotheses, find points of multiple growths, formulate and test business values; help implement values in marketing, delivery and production.

To ensure the development of a sustainable and growing pipeline of startup projects development and their go-to-market strategy/ MVP validation cycles, the provision of mentoring, follow-up, and business incubation services beyond initial training in entrepreneurship with approx. $3,000 seed grant fund to small business, is essential. NCE is sourcing a highly qualified professional on startup business development/incubation to assist young entrepreneurs during training and incubation period ensuring their go-to-market success. The entrepreneurs and 6 trainers will then jointly create, validate, optimize, track and mentor their progress from idea creation to the first profit generation during the first two cycles of their operations. 

Through the Centre, UCA aims to provide high-quality support and training to entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, helping them to establish their business ideas, to understand customer requirements, to gauge market demand, and hence to build sustainable business models. In doing so, UCA will strengthen the MSME pipeline by providing a comprehensive offering of space, infrastructure, intellectual resources, high-quality mentorship and access to a network of investors. While the overall objective is to create an environment for business incubation with a successful track record of spinouts, that has a direct contribution to the growth of economic activity in the region, the key performance indicators of the project are # of business plans/startups successfully taken to the market upon Entrepreneurship and Incubation Programs, # of jobs created by entrepreneurs and businesses incubated, $ sales revenue generated by entrepreneurs and businesses incubated.

In essence, the expectation is that participants will be enabled to develop their own businesses and thus become much-needed job creators. In addition to existing in the Kyrgyz Republic technopoles, business upscale programs, the goal is to create a startup ecosystem for business development and a network of international startups with a focus on internationalizing and digitalizing.

The Centre will serve local communities, and particularly youth, in line with UCA’s mission to support regional economic development job creation – particularly in remote mountainous areas. The two critical programs of Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation are being established as described below. 

Expert Entrepreneurship training Program. Current entrepreneurship training provided by development agencies and businesses associations in Central Asia is usually of short duration and is often generic in nature. In contrast, UCA’s Centre will develop and provide a variety of training programs, based on specific need and catering to local demand. Examples under consideration include:
  • Introductory: Entry-level training aimed at those individuals who are interested in the basics of business development. Potential topics include financial literacy, budgeting, business planning, etc. These skills are transferrable and even if individuals choose not to continue in the business education cycle, they will still obtain a valuable skillset which could help support them in securing future employment. (1-month)
  • Entrepreneurship training: A more intensive training that dives into the above-mentioned topics in more detail. Entrepreneurs will also learn concepts of social entrepreneurship as well as more advanced business concepts including leadership and operations to help them start their own businesses or help grow their current businesses. (2-months)
  • Advanced training: This training will be focused on individuals who are interested in entering the Incubation program. It will cover all topics covered previously but will also include more context and will be more strategy focused. It will also offer support in preparation for incubation itself. (1-month)
  • Possible modules of Entrepreneurship Program: Product creation and business modelling; Finance and unit economics; Investment readiness (applying for loans or seeking potential investment); IT, Sales & Marketing (IT remote PM, CRM, digital marketing and export sales/trade platforms and mobile apps); Critical soft skills of entrepreneur (Resilience/EQ, Communication, Agile PMP, Leadership, Business Decision Making).
Business Incubation Program. The Trainer and the UCA Team will draw on the academic expertise of its units to create a contextually-relevant incubation program that is specifically designed for the needs of its target audience. Entrepreneurs participating in the program will be mentored by expert staff from the Centre, as well as by a network of business professionals in Kyrgyzstan and the region. The incubation process will also prepare businesses for applying for loans or seeking potential investment. 
  • The incubation program itself will consist of a 4-month (3-cycles per year) national program to incubate small businesses (target of 10 ventures of 4 persons each). Participants of the incubation program will be provided with workspace, mentorship support and networking opportunities to help start viable businesses. Each 4-month cycle will culminate with a “Demo-Day”, in which potential investors will be invited to meet with the aspiring entrepreneurs. Subject to compliance with local laws and taxation regulations, UCA will keep average of 10% equity in commercial ventures incubated at the Centre. This will be a potential source of revenue after successful exits.
  • The incubation program may be “mixed-use” or “specialized” with a focus on industries/niches/business models, such as rural/eco/medicinal tourism (professional services, creative industries: HoReCa, fashion, etc.); bio agribusiness (manufacturing, processing, digital marketing, technology, etc.); green economy (environment/clean energy technologies).

Key Deliverables 
  • Develop Expert Entrepreneurship Training Program, Business Incubation Program, and Business Pre-Incubation Program for entrepreneurs in collab. with entrepreneurs, trainers, and UCA Team
  • Deliver the developed Entrepreneurship Training Program, Business Pre-Incubation Program, and Business Incubation Program to entrepreneurs:
  • Trainer will go deep planning and writing up concrete recipes on how to achieve KPIs for startups and after careful consideration, planning and analysis together with participants. 
  • The successful incubation rate is not lower than 80% (min 10 incubations per year)
  • Students (% of alumni local trainers satisfied with TOT) evaluation grade not lower than 80%

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Support international Trainer with the development of and participation in Training of Trainers (TOT) on Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Programs (defining needs and program)
  • Develop and conduct Expert Entrepreneurship Training Program (incl. concept, tailored practical methods and exercises, relevant curriculum and teaching materials, modules, activities and other) for entrepreneurs and in collab. with entrepreneurs, trainers, UCA Team, and other stakeholders
  • Develop and conduct Business Pre-Incubation and Incubation Programs for entrepreneurs, quickly and efficiently testing hypotheses, focusing on important drivers of the business model, finding points of multiple growths, formulating and testing product-market-fit, and helping implement value proposition in go-to-market strategies. Possible Pre-Incubation activities are Startup Weekend, a Business Model Competition, Ideas Dating, Hackathons, as well as a 2-4-week program to help polish a business idea and develop a pitch under the guidance of mentors 
  • Leading and guiding other trainers and entrepreneurs, consulting and assisting
  • Provide assistance to entrepreneurs in building value-based sales - customer qualifications and customer segmentation, preparing scripts and materials for value-based sales
  • Going deep planning and writing up concrete recipes on how to achieve KPIs for startups and after careful consideration, planning and analysis together with participants
  • Jointly creating, validating, optimizing, tracking, and mentoring entrepreneurs’ progress from product creation to first profit generation during the first two cycles of mentees operations 
  • Overseeing development of entrepreneurs, their strategical plan of incubated ideas, financial plans and financial forecasts, monitoring and mentoring their projects.
  • Ensure that the trainings are planned and delivered in a highly participative and interactive manner and responsive to the request and suggestions of the participants/entrepreneurs 
  • Consulting and supporting the UCA/SPCE/NCE leadership Team and business units
  • Training and professional growth of local start-ups and existing business ideas
  • Mentoring / coaching and on-site counselling with actionable advice and planning 
  • Study tours / masterclasses, exchanging best practice experience in the relevant fields
  • Organizing expert groups and workshops in collab with entrepreneurs and local government
  • Drafting workplans, budgets, TORs of programs/trainings, reports, and other docs as requested 
  • Showcase and test the developed business incubation program
  • Guiding business ideas from idea to prototype to market launch and profit
  • Provide business incubation, acceleration and mentoring services to startups
  • Provide consultancy support in fields of entrepreneurship, innovation, business incubation, science, technology, and SME development
  • Report trends in technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship related issues
  • Provide training, HR development, mentoring and other services in these fields

Required Qualification and Experience
  • Relevant experience of at least 5 years in the positions of product manager, business consultant, teaching, mentoring or relevant in sales/marketing, business development and entrepreneurship 
  • Deep knowledge of Custom Development, HADI, unit economics, the mechanics of working with a sales funnel
  • Experience in developing new products within the company / developing a startup from scratch
  • Experience with accelerators and incubators
  • International certifications confirming pedagogical skills will be an asset
  • High level of social competences: excellent intercultural, interpersonal communication (inter-personal skills), team work and ability to transfer knowledge to participants 
  • Flexibility, client-oriented approach, and ability to adjust to change circumstances and needs
  • Good understanding of the existing business principals, strategies, and legislation in the area of Custom Union, community development and capacity building 
  • Enthusiastic, well organized, structured, thorough and independent work style
  • Strong, empathetic team player, fluent in English, Kyrgyz and Russian

Mission assignment approximate period of 5 months: 
  • Trainings from International Trainer on Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Programs: 1 (one) month (unpaid)
  • Develop and conduct Entrepreneurship Program 1 (one) month and Business Incubation Program 3 (three) months for participants, i.e., entrepreneurs  
  • Based on the selection of trainer, work schedules will be discussed and established separately 

Confidentiality
All information, files, documents, and reports will be treated in strict confidence and become the property of the UCA project at the completion of the contract.

How to Apply
Please send us (1) an up-to-date resume; (2) Statement of interest; (3) Sample of work with training methodology and work plan (4) Statement of interest and curriculum vitae with at least three professional references to kg.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 30 April 2021. Please use: “Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Programs Trainer” as the subject header and indicate how you heard about us.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Junior Internal Auditor

Position: Junior Internal Auditor
Department: Internal Audit
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 30 April 2021

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
Internal Audit helps UCA to accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes. Initially, the Junior Auditor will work closely with other auditors to learn methodologies and procedures, and to understand expectations. As competencies are developed the Junior Auditor will conduct activities independently based on direction and guidance provided by the Head of Internal Audit.

Main Duties and Responsibilities 
  • Under the supervision and guidance of the Head of Internal Audit, the Junior Auditor will:
  • Assist the Internal Audit team in various audit activities such as planning, risk assessments, evaluation, testing, and reporting; 
  • Be responsible for acquiring appropriate evidence and documenting work;
  • Exercise care and responsibility with regard to the sensitivity and confidentiality of information;
  • Demonstrate professionalism and adhere to the Institute of Internal Auditors Standards and Code of Ethics;
  • Work collaboratively with other departments and functions within UCA;
  • Self-learn and improve knowledge in relevant areas;
  • Travel to and work within the Central Asian region where UCA operates;
  • Assist the Head of Internal Audit on assigned projects as required.
  • Required Qualifications and Experience 
  • Bachelor’s degree in finance/accounting or equivalent;
  • 1 or 2 years of internal audit experience is preferable;
  • Professional certification is an advantage;
  • Outstanding English language skills;
  • Must be able to think critically;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills;
  • Excellent computer skills in using word, power point, and excel;
  • Highly organized and attention to detail;
  • Ability to work under pressure, multi-task to meet timelines; 
  • Ability to work in a variety of different cultural settings with culturally diverse 
  • groups.
  • Proficiency in Central Asian languages including Russian;
  • Preference will be given to candidates with previous related experience in Central Asia or the former Soviet Union.

Candidates from the founding countries of UCA i.e Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan are encouraged to apply for the position.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 30 April, 2021. Applications will be reviewed when received. Early applications are strongly encouraged. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Junior Internal Auditor”.
 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Dean of Graduate School of Development

Position: Dean of Graduate School of Development
Department: Graduate School of Development
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 01 May 2021

Summary of Position
UCA is seeking an experienced and visionary Dean to provide academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership to its Graduate School of Development (GSD) that consists of the Institute of Public Policy and Administration, Mountain Societies Research Institute, Civil Society Initiative, Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit, and the Aga Khan Humanities Project.  
GSD's mission is to generate and disseminate research on issues facing societies' development in Central Asia, especially its vast mountain regions. It aims to enhance civil society actors and public authorities' ability to search for solutions to complex problems and nurture a new generation of thought and policy leaders. The Dean should, thus, have a keen understanding of societal and environmental change in the region, especially challenges facing the low-and lower-middle income countries, and approaches for engaging critical audiences in disseminating research.  
The Dean would be a recognized authority in a field relevant to understanding socio-economic and environmental issues and have a distinguished record of research that includes inquiry seeking solutions to real-world problems. The Dean would be a successful fundraiser, leading major research initiatives and having a strong international network. The candidate should have experience designing and teaching post-graduate programmes and demonstrate a keen appreciation for interdisciplinary approaches.

Key Responsibilities Include
Research: Conducts, promotes, encourages, and supports in-depth analysis on current and emerging policy and environmental issues in the region, as well as trans-disciplinary research to help inform and contribute to the work of the institutes and constituent units of GSD.  
Development: Oversees implementation of activities to enhance the analytical capacity of governments and civil society to use evidence in decision-making processes. Support Visiting Fellows Programme, Post-Graduate Certificate and post-graduate degree programmes that help build human resource in the region.   
Work with civil society: Facilitates learning networks around key themes of good governance, health, education, rule of law and the environment to foster a more enabling policy and administrative environment for civil society in Central Asia and assist the development of a broad spectrum of civil society actors. 
Work with partner institutions: Guides the development of partner university and research institute linkages to enhance the work of GSD.  
Preservation of cultural heritage: Oversees activities to preserve and promote the rich and diverse cultural heritages of the region through research, documenting, archiving and support of regional scholars. 
Staff: Leads recruitment, development and retention of research fellows and other academic staff with a particular focus on Central Asia. The Dean will guide professional development of staff and make recommendations on their promotions.  
Funding: Lead the development of discipline focused, as well as, multidisciplinary proposals for funding to support research and development activities of GSD. 

Required Qualifications and Experience 
  • PhD or equivalent in a relevant field, together with a distinguished record of scholarly accomplishments. 
  • A demonstrated track record spanning more than ten years of administrative experience in academic/research leadership positions.  
  • Experience in university academic policy planning, development, and administration. 
  • Previous experience of work in the region.
  • Advanced English is required.  
  • Knowledge of Russian would be an important asset.  
 
How to Apply
Please send your cover letter, CV and contact information of three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org. Regular deadline for application is 1 May 2021, however applications will continue to be accepted thereafter until selection of candidate. Kindly write “Dean, Graduate School of Development” as your application e-mail's subject.  

A competitive remuneration package to attract best candidate would be provided.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 


Graduate Placement Advisor (re-announcement)

Position: Graduate Placement Advisor (re-announcement)
Department: School of Arts & Sciences (SAS)
Duty station: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Deadline: 04 May 2021

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
UCA is seeking a Graduate Placement Advisor with strong leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills to join its Cooperative Education team. This position’s primary responsibility is to facilitate the necessary career development/job readiness of graduates for the UCA School of Arts & Sciences (SAS).

This individual advises or counsels students regarding career issues and strategies, job and postgraduate study search methods, postgraduate internships, graduate studies, job placement, and related matters. He/she determines counseling needs and develops action plans accordingly. The focus of this position is to develop and maintain relationships with potential employers and our alumni/alumnae and maintaining records/metrics on the career success of our alumni/alumnae.
 
Main Duties and Responsibilities 
  • Develop learning outcomes for students that are tied to the student’s program of study (Major) and professional preparation seeking input from student, faculty, and employer. Ensure work terms are of sufficient quality, diversity and experience level. Conduct employer and student evaluations. Engage in student assessment. Maintain student records and files.
  • Work closely with graduates to assist with post-graduation job search: develop leads, conduct follow up.
  • Work with faculty and staff to match students with an appropriate, career-related employment site; counsel students on an on-going basis regarding job-related issues, professional and career development.
  • Conduct site visits to monitor student performance, assess work progress, identify additional learning opportunities, and determine employer satisfaction with the student, the University and the Co-op program. Identify issues, find solutions and negotiate resolutions with the employer and the student.
  • Educate graduates on job search techniques, job market trends, and professional etiquette; provide guidance and assistance as needed.
  • Conduct Exit Interviews and Needs Assessment meetings with students to assist with career advisement efforts and tracking.
  • Maintain regular and consistent contact with graduates. Properly document contacts for record-keeping and metrics purposes.
  • Liaise with employers to identify, develop, and maintain employment opportunities to ensure adequate number and appropriate placements for students in market sectors related to their program of study within the three Founding States and beyond.
  • Design and implement career preparation programs. Organize career programmes and events on-campus and online, including events on postgraduate studies.
  • Consistently develop job leads that result in the placement of campus graduates
  • Provide exceptional customer service to students, employers, graduates, alumni, faculty, and staff.
  • Generate reports with stats regarding the career success of our graduates.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
  • Willingness to travel to employer locations in the country, and in Central Asia region.

Required Qualifications and Experience 
  • A university degree from a recognized university, plus three to five years related experience.
  • Awareness of the current job market and employment regulations in Tajikistan and in Central Asia region.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, and ability to interact effectively with others. 
  • Well organized, results oriented, effective time-management skills and ability to focus on multiple tasks.

Languages: 
  • Tajik and Russian fluency in written and oral English is required.
  • Knowledge of other Central Asian languages (Kyrgyz, Kazakh) would be a bonus.

Candidates from the founding countries of UCA: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan are encouraged to apply for the position.
 
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references to tj.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by May 4th, 2021. Applications will be reviewed when received. Early applications are strongly encouraged. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Graduate Placement Advisor”.
 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


IT Intern (re-announcement)

Position: IT Intern (re-announcement)
Department: Information Technologies (IT)
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: Position open until filled

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
Reporting to the IT Officer, the IT Intern performs a variety of moderately multifaceted IT support duties to ensure smooth delivery of technology services. Maintains, tests, and repairs systems. Monitors, operates, or coordinates and assists others in the operation of computer hardware, software, and peripherals to achieve desired results. Utilizes computer equipment, software, and diagnostic tools to perform a broad range of assistance, production job processing, equipment maintenance and repair and computer operations assignments besides resolving routine technical problems.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • The main duties and responsibilities of the IT Intern is to:
  • Set up and maintain computer, communication, and audio-visual equipment
  • Assist faculty and staff with multimedia systems
  • Ensure that all equipment is in good running condition and make sure they are maintained properly and wherever required are repaired including the IT Labs
  • Plan routine check-up and maintenance of all equipment and accessories. Analyze equipment performance records to determine the need for repair or replacement
  • Keep a log of day-to-day problems and resolution with the hardware and software
  • Give any kind of basic IT training/ orientation of IT equipment for the staff if required
  • Perform on-site and remote technical support for staff when required. Respond to the request of the staff if help is needed for repair and installation of new hardware or software
  • Maintain storage of equipment; make sure the equipment and accessories are properly stored and tracked
  • Assist in IT equipment inventory management
  • Work closely with the IT staff to provide effective end-user support and issue resolution
  • Maintain communication with the supervisor on all tasks and projects
  • Substitute IT colleagues while they are on leave

Required Qualifications and Experience
  • Just Graduated/Graduating students in Computer Science field (IT)
  • Knowledge, Skills and Ability Required
  • Excellent customer service skills, with an attitude to learn and improve skills
  • Good team player with the ability to build effective working relationships with colleagues
  • Knowledge of Operation Systems: Windows 7/10

Language
Good command of written and spoken English is a requirement. Knowledge of Russian/Kyrgyz/Kazakh/Tajik is added value

Candidates from the founding countries of UCA: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan are encouraged to apply for the position.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 10 April 2021. Applications will be reviewed when received. Early applications are strongly encouraged. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “IT Intern”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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 hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org. 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.

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