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List of current vacancies:

1 | Programme Coordinator, Education Improvement Programme (Deadline: 24 May 2018)

2 | Planning and Reporting Officer (Deadline: 28 May 2018)

3 | Head of Internal Audit (Deadline: 04 Jun. 2018)

4 | English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Faculty Member (Deadline: 15 Jun. 2018)


Programme Coordinator, Education Improvement Programme

Position: Programme Coordinator, Education Improvement Programme
Department: The School of Arts and Science
Duty station: Taldykorgan/Almaty, Kazakhstan
Deadline: 24 May 2018

The Programme Coordinator will work under the leadership of the Head and supervision by the Deputy Head, Education Improvement Programme. The Programme Coordinator will participate in the planning, development, implementation and management of all in-country programme activities; actively work to promote the professional development of teachers through a mix of school and out-of-school activities; collect, analyse and use research data to further the goals of the programme; and work consultatively and collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure the realization of the Programmes aims and objectives.

Main Duties and Responsibilities  
  • Participate in the development of the Educational Improvement Programme plans for the country and region;
  • Plan and implement programme activities in accordance with the approved work plan and time frame to achieve programme goals;
  • Participate in the development, design, writing and editing of curricular enhancement materials and teacher professional development programme guides as well as work with principals and teachers to customize activities and training to suit the needs of the school;
  • Implement operational/administrative policies and procedures specific to the achievement of the objectives and goals of the programme;
  • Facilitate the professional development of teachers by facilitating independent and collaborative design of activities, support and coaching in the classroom and reflection on actions so as to improve them;
  • Identify teaching, learning and assessment materials and equipment required to facilitate accomplishment of programme objectives and goals;
  • Make timely and independent decisions in the field while conducting the programme;
  • Conduct STEM education and career awareness workshops for teachers and parents;
  • Coordinate the planning, presenting and executing of programme activities at the school and national level, providing support and assistance where and when required;
  • Monitor programme implementation on a regular basis to identify and respond to problems of programme participants and ensure programme is moving towards achievement of objectives and goals;
  • Support the conduct and analysis of the situational analysis in schools;
  • Support the research associate in the design, conduct, analysis and write up of research studies;
  • Use the data from the research studies to suggest programme activities for improved programme effectiveness;
  • Collaborate and communicate with the programme team to share ideas, address issues and learn from each other to maximise programme opportunities and achieve programme objectives and goals;
  • Collaborate and communicate on a continuous basis with the all stakeholders of UCA partner schools, to ensure successful execution of the programme activities;
  • Engage in regular interaction with, serve as liaison between, and coordinate with programme partners to develop programme linkages and obtain support;
  • Maintain communication, coordination and interaction with direct supervisor, other key team members, staff and consultants;
  • Document processes and procedures for programmatic events and activities and maintain necessary records/files and statistical information on the programme;
  • Analyse and evaluate programme data to prepare scheduled and special reports as per reporting format;
  • Work with the team to develop the professional development programme and provide in-class support and coaching to teachers;
  • Organise and/or attend seminars and workshops in areas appropriate to the programme.
  • Assist in the planning and preparation of programme budgets for all programme activities;
  • Administer and monitor programme area revenues and expenses to maintain budget and implement activities as per work plan, and provide timely financial reports;
  • Assist with grant and/or proposal writing as appropriate to the objectives and funding nature of the programme;
  • Participate in fundraising activities;
  • Collaborate on the design of specific marketing and public relations materials. 
  • Represent the Education Improvement Programme on relevant internal and external committees/organisations;
  • Work with the community to facilitate understanding of and support for the Education Improvement Programme; and
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience  
  • Master's degree in education with five years’ experience in educational improvement, teacher education, curriculum, public policy and/or related work in planning, organising and evaluating educational projects/programmes;
  • Ability to coordinate and organise meetings and/or special events;
  • Strong facilitation, interpersonal, communication and presentation skills as well as the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse staff, a variety of education stakeholders and the immediate and larger community;
  • Working knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control procedures;
  • Ability to gather, record and analyse statistical data and generate reports.
  • Advanced editorial skills;
  • Ability to work independently as well as to function effectively in a team environment;
  • Excellent command of the national, Russian and English language and grammar, both verbal and written;
  • A working knowledge of Office 365 and the ability to learn and use other computer technology/software programmes as needed;
  • Extensive knowledge of current trends and issues in education with a particular focus on issues in secondary education;
  • Knowledge of and experience in implementing research based curriculum;
  • Ability to design training programmes and provide training to various sized groups of staff, teachers and students;
  • Ability to speak in public to various audiences: corporate, government, education, non-profit and community;
  • Ability to identify and solve complex problem in a timely and efficient manner;
  • Advanced organisational skills, ability to multi-task and stay on track to meet the education improvement programme goals and objectives; and
  • Operate confidently and calmly under tight timelines, unpredictable and stressful situations.
Reporting Relationship  
  • The position reports to the Head, Education Improvement Programme
  • The position will actively engage with other members of UCA to enhance a culture of collaboration and professional networking.
Location
  • The position will be based in Taldykorgan/Almaty, Kazakhstan, but will require extensive travel within the Kyrgyz Republic as well as Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.
The job description is subject to change.  

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

How to Apply
To apply please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by May 24th 2018. Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “KZ Programme Coordinator, EIP”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Planning and Reporting Officer

Position: Planning and Reporting Officer
Department: School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE)
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 28 May 2018

The Planning and Reporting Officer will work under the leadership of the Director SPCE and will closely coordinate with Deputy Director SPCE and other UCA staff as necessary. The Officer will develop planning and reporting Customer relationship management system for core SPCE activities including project activities and participate in implementation of CRM system in all SPCE and project locations; actively work to promote the professional development of managers and coordinators through a blend of in-house and external trainings; collect, analyse and use internal data to further the goals of the SPCE. The Planning and Reporting Officer will report to the Director SPCE.

Main Duties and Responsibilities  
  • Design, implement and monitor CRM system implementation on a regular basis to identify and respond to problems and ensure CRM is moving towards achievement of objectives and goals;
  • Participate in the development of the SPCE work plans for the location and project activities; annually develop indicators and reporting framework;
  • Systematically screen and cross-check internal and external reports, situational reports, information and communication material for accuracy and consistency. Develop and coordinate regular highlights for internal distribution. 
  • Prepare and update information material (Fact Sheets, FAQs, backgrounders, data tables), briefings, and presentations in coordination with the Advancement and Public Affairs. 
  • Develop, design, write SPCE reports and communication materials with the support of the Advancement and Public Affairs Department for external partners and donors;
  • Implement operational/administrative policies and procedures specific to the achievement of the objectives and goals of the SPCE locations and projects;
  • Facilitate the professional development of managers and coordinators by facilitating independent and collaborative design of activities, support and coaching and reflection on actions so as to improve them;
  • Coordinate the planning, presenting and reporting of activities, providing support and assistance for managers where and when required;
  • Prepare and consolidate  SPCE Quarterly, Annual Report
  • Collaborate and communicate with managers to share ideas, address issues and learn from each other to maximize SPCE opportunities and achieve annual objectives and goals;
  • Collaborate and communicate on a continuous basis with the Development and Donor Relations;
  • Document processes and procedures for project activities and maintain CRM system with records/files and statistical information;
  • Analyse and evaluate existing projects to prepare scheduled and special reports as per reporting format;
  • Assist with grant and/or proposal writing as appropriate to the objectives and funding nature of the donor;
  • Manage robust Performance Reporting processes SPCE Projects
  • Ensure that the Annual Performance Review Process is managed within the UCA SPCE policies, processes and timelines, agreeing objectives and training needs Professional Development Programmes for SPCE Team Members
  • Collaborate on the design of specific marketing and public relations materials for Social Media Marketing. 
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience 
  • Advanced university degree in social sciences, education or management with five years’ experience in planning, reporting and organising educational projects/programmes;
  • Ability to design CRM system and maintain it for other locations;
  • Excellent command of the Russian and English, both verbal and written; advanced editorial skills;
  • Strong facilitation, interpersonal, communication and presentation skills as well as the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse staff;
  • Ability to gather, record and analyse statistical data and generate reports.
  • A working knowledge of Office 365 and SMM;
  • Advanced organisational skills, ability to multi-task and stay on track to meet the goals and objectives; and
  • Operate confidently and calmly under tight timelines, unpredictable and stressful situations.
Location 
The position will be based in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, but will require extensive travel within the Kyrgyz Republic as well as Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.

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

How to Apply 
To apply please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by May 28th 2018. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Planning and Reporting Officer”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Head of Internal Audit

Position: Head of Internal Audit
Department: Internal Audit
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 04 June 2018

The University of Central Asia is seeking a Head of Internal Audit who will lead the Internal Audit Department. 
  • Key functions will include planning and undertaking audits in all areas/facets of UCA including construction. Deliverables include timely audit reports incorporating findings that identify potential risks and opportunities for improvement and make recommendations to ensure appropriate and adequate operation of the organizational processes, controls, governance and compliance with all relevant internal policies/procedures as well as external statutory and international requirements.
  • Understand and appreciate the sensitivity and confidentiality of information pertaining to UCA and individuals, and exercise the utmost integrity, caution and sense of responsibility with respect to handling the information during the course of audit and otherwise.
  • Demonstrate the highest level of professionalism, observe the professional code of ethics of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and follow the established standards of audit in the performance of duties.
  • The position will be based in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. The Internal Auditor must be willing to travel or stay in any part of the UCA’s operating jurisdiction as may be required.
Main Duties and Responsibilities  
  • Update the comprehensive risk map of UCA and formulate a risk based annual audit plan in consultation with the Audit and Risk Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Undertake an independent assessment of UCA’s functions and programs, including analysis of risk management, governance, compliance (internal/external), adequacy of internal controls, and appropriateness of UCA’s policies and procedures, with a view to minimizsing the exposure and risks.
  • Undertake internal audits as per the approved annual risk based audit plan at all UCA operational locations and develop/maintain appropriate working papers.
  • Identify opportunities and make recommendations for management to consider for improvement of operational efficiencies and effectiveness and cost rationalization.
  • Follow-up on implementation of agreed upon audit recommendations and corrective actions.
  • Conduct special studies/investigations as requested by the Audit and Risk Committee or Senior Management.
  • Prepare a quarterly report on all audit activities with key highlights divided into high, medium and low risk findings for discussion with the Audit and Risk Committee. The report shall include the actions agreed upon by/comments received from UCA Management, on all audits (internal and external), as well as the status of corrective action.
  • Keep technical knowledge up-to-date and ensure adherence to the standards of best professional practice issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors and other such professional bodies.
  • Disseminate knowledge/provide training to UCA staff at Head Office and campuses on self-assessment techniques, and the importance and relevance of maintaining adequate operational processes and controls.
  • Any other assignment or task assigned by the Audit and Risk Committee or Senior Management.
Required Qualifications and Experience

Academic and Professional Qualification 
  • Recognised professional accounting designation such as Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified General Accountant (CGA), or Certified Management Accountant (CMA) with 10 to 15 years post-qualification experience.
  • Minimum of 8 to 10 years of experience in Internal Audit at senior level.
  • Additional professional certification such as Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) will be an added advantage.
Knowledge and Competencies 
  • Outstanding English language communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent computing skills and familiarity with computer-based audit techniques.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Effective management and leadership skills. Ability to work under pressure, multi-task and adhere to timelines.
  • Ability to work in a variety of different cultural settings with culturally diverse groups. 
  • Up to date with the latest development in the field of Internal Audit.
  • Understanding of a University’s functioning, construction processes and project management.
  • Proficiency in Central Asian languages, particularly Russian, will be an added advantage.
How to Apply
Please send a Cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by June 4th 2018. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Head of Internal Audit”

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 and Sciences
Duty station: Naryn Campus, Kyrgyz Republic OR Khorog Campus, Tajikistan
Deadline: 15 June 2018

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities 
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 small groups of students 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 committed to teaching and intellectually inquisitive.

Overall Programme Outcomes for English 
The EAP Faculty Member will teach a series of English Courses 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
  • Synthesise relevant information from a variety of sources in support of an argument
  • Write fiction and nonfiction for academic purposes
  • Conceptualise and write project proposals
  • Design full scale projects that involves the presentation of written, oral, and graphical information
  • Integrate writing from different group members into a coherent story with one voice
Experience  
  • Experience (5+ years) in teaching EAP to high school and/or university students 
  • 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
Language  
  • Native-like English 
  • Advanced Russian and some knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik or Kazakh would be an asset 

Education  

  • 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) 
  • A Ph.D. from an internationally recognised university would be an asset  
  • Rank will be based on the candidate’s prior experience and record.
Relationships 
The EAP Faculty Member will report to the Dean of School of Arts & Sciences   
  • You should be prepared to relocate by late July/early August 2018 for acculturation and to prepare for teaching.
The job description is subject to change. 

How to Apply
Please send us (1) an up-to-date resume; (2) a sample of any published work; and (3) teaching evaluations from the last three years of employment to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by June 15th 2018. Please use: “EAP Faculty Member” as the subject header and indicate how you heard about us. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Position will be open until filled
 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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