Current Vacancies

List of current vacancies:

1 | English as a Second Language (ESL) Faculty Member UCA’s Preparatory Programme (Deadline: 15 Dec. 2016)

2 | Science Faculty Member, UCA’s Preparatory Programme (Deadline: 15 Dec. 2016)

3 | Maths Faculty Member, UCA’s Preparatory Programme (Deadline: 15 Dec. 2016)

4 | Assistant Registrar (Deadline: 15 Jan. 2017)

5 | Associate Professor in Communications (Deadline: 31 Jan. 2017)

6 | Assistant/Associate Professor in Political Science (Deadline: 31 Jan. 2017)

7 | Visiting Professor in Intercultural Communication (Deadline: 31 Jan. 2017)

8 | Associate Professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences (Deadline: 31 Jan. 2017)

9 | Campus Counsellor (Deadline: 31 Jan. 2017)

10 | Assistant/Associate Professor in History (Deadline: 31 Jan. 2017)

11 | Student Life Advisor (Deadline: 31 Jan. 2017)

12 | Associate Professor in Economics (Deadline: 31 Jan. 2017)

13 | Russian Editor/Translator (Deadline: Position open until filled)


English as a Second Language (ESL) Faculty Member UCA’s Preparatory Programme

Position: English as a Second Language (ESL) Faculty Member UCA’s Preparatory Programme
Duty station: UCA Khorog Campus, Tajikistan
Deadline: 15 December 2016

Commencement Date: June 2017

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The University of Central Asia is seeking an English as a Second Language (ESL) Faculty Member to have an active involvement in the development, planning, preparation and undertaking of all academic upgrading initiatives related to ESL instruction within the duration of their contract. This individual is expected to teach a cohort of 15-20 international students from Central Asia with a minimum TOEFL score of 60 and a minimum IELTS score of 5.5. During the Preparatory Programme at UCA the English curriculum and the teaching approach is 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 and Science curriculum. Consequently, the hope is for these students to upgrade from an ESL English level to become proficient at academic writing and research. 

Overall Programme Outcomes for English
The ESL Faculty Member will teach a series of English Courses over 2.5 semesters and will be responsible for engendering the following learning outcomes among students:

After Semester 1, UCA students will be able to:

  • Discuss academic and short literary selections with understanding and to reflect that understanding orally and in writing;
  • Comprehend oral information and be able to reflect that understanding in discussion and writing;
  • Produce short essays with clear purpose and linguistic accuracy; and
  • Present ideas orally and in writing with confidence and purpose.

After Semester 2, UCA students will be able to:

  • Present written and oral information in a well-reasoned, organised 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; and
  • Write fiction and nonfiction for academic purposes.

After Semester 3 (half semester), UCA students will be able to: 

  • Conceptualise and write project proposals;
  • Design full scale projects that involves the presentation of written, oral, and graphical information; and
  • Integrate writing from different group members into a coherent story with one voice.

Experience 

  • Experience (5+ years) in teaching ESL to high school and/or university students;
  • Experience with ESL curriculum development;
  • Experience in developing and delivering training modules to other teachers, tutors, mentors, etc.; and
  • Professional familiarity with Central Asian secondary and post-secondary education landscape would be an asset.

Oral Language 

  • Native-like English; and
  • Advanced Russian and some knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik or Kazakh would be an asset.

Written Language 
UCA’s English Curriculum is highly focused on helping students become very strong writers, so faculty will have to demonstrate their writing experience and knowledge in interviews and by sharing writing samples.

Education 

  • A Master’s Degree from a globally recognised university;
  • Ideally a Ph.D. from a globally recognised university in English as a Foreign Language, or Applied Linguistics; and
  • TESOL, TEFL, or other teaching English as a Second Language certification (minimum 300 hours including a practicum).

Relationships 
The ESL Faculty Member will: Report to the Dean of UCA School of Arts & Sciences but work under the supervision of the Associate Dean on Campus.

Salary and International Package: Salary and package to attract the best candidate.  

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 15 December 2016. Please use: “ESL Faculty Member” as the subject header and indicate how you heard about us.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Science Faculty Member, UCA’s Preparatory Programme

Position: Science Faculty Member, UCA’s Preparatory Programme
Duty station: UCA Khorog Campus, Tajikistan
Deadline: 15 December 2016

Commencement Date: June 2017

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities 
The University of Central Asia is seeking a Science Faculty Member to have an active involvement in the development, planning, preparation and undertaking of all academic upgrading initiatives related to Science instruction within the duration of their contract. This individual is expected to teach two cohorts of 15-20 international students from Central Asia by engaging students in discovery-based learning through projects with a focus on the local environment. The UCA’s preparatory science curriculum will also incorporate practice based learning by allotting a specific amount of time for students in the lab. The purpose of the Science Faculty Member is to ensure students are prepared for the rigors of studying science at a university level. 

Overall Programme Outcomes for Science 
The Science Courses at UCA will explore two overarching concepts: the scientific method, and mountain environments. These overarching concepts are developed via a number of themes including water, earth, fire, air, colour, music, limits and limitlessness, exploring the solar system and automata.   These themes unify topics among the three sciences of chemistry, biology and physics, and also thematically connect Science with the other first semester courses of the preparatory program including Math and English which explore these elements in their own way.   The Science Faculty Member will teach a series of Science Courses over 2.5 semesters and will be responsible for engendering the following learning outcomes among students:

  • Explain the goals and methods associated with the natural sciences within a local and global context;
  • Select mathematical techniques to solve quantitative problems, based on simple scientific concepts;
  • Use laboratory equipment to collect data;
  • Solve qualitative scientific problems using simple deductive and inductive methods;
  • Combine scientific facts to evaluate scientific hypotheses draw conclusions about the environment;
  • Locate sources and evaluate their relevance and usefulness to answer factual scientific questions; and
  • Devise methods to investigate simple properties of physical objects and living things and answer scientific questions.

Experience 

  • Experience (5+ years) in teaching Science to high school and/or university students;
  • Experience with Science 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; and
  • Experience managing student projects.

Language 

  • Native-like English; and
  • Advanced Russian and some knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik or Kazakh would be an asset.

Education 

  • A Master’s Degree in a Science related discipline where the individual had the opportunity to use, learn and apply the scientific method, work in a lab and use advanced statistical methodologies would be ideal;
  • A Ph.D. from a globally recognised university would be ideal; and
  • Teaching Certification from a globally recognised university. 

Relationships
The Science Faculty Member will: Report to the Dean of UCA School of Arts & Sciences but work under the supervision of the Associate Dean on Campus.

Salary and Package: Salary and package to attract the best candidate.   

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 mailto:hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 15 December 2016. Please use: “Science Faculty Member” as the subject header and indicate how you heard about us.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



Maths Faculty Member, UCA’s Preparatory Programme

Position: Maths Faculty Member, UCA’s Preparatory Programme
Duty station: UCA Khorog Campus, Tajikistan
Deadline: 15 December 2016

Commencement Date: June 2017

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The University of Central Asia is seeking a Maths Faculty Member to have an active involvement in the development, planning, preparation and undertaking of all academic upgrading initiatives related to Maths instruction within the duration of their contract. This individual is expected to teach two cohorts of 15-20 international students from Central Asia by engaging students in problem solving along concrete examples and applications to abstract ideas. The purpose of the Maths Faculty Member is to ensure students are prepared for the rigors of mathematics at a university level.

Overall Programme Outcomes for Maths 
The Maths Faculty Member will teach a series of Maths Courses over 2.5 semesters and will be responsible for engendering the following learning outcomes among students:

After Semester 1, UCA students will be able to:  

  • Apply mathematical reasoning skills to identify the scope of complex mathematical problems;
  • Select mathematical techniques and methods required to solve discrete mathematics problems;
  • Use computational strategies related to Graph Theory, Combinatorics, Probability, Statistics, and Number Theory to model and explore concepts, ideas, topical issues and local context;
  • Justify solutions through mathematical arguments that integrate multiple concepts; and
  • Use a variety of ways to represent and communicate the processes used and solutions to discrete mathematics problems.

After Semesters 2 and 3 (half-semester), UCA students will be able to:  

  • Apply foundational mathematical reasoning and computation skills to complex mathematical problems;
  • Select mathematical techniques and methods required to solve calculus and vectors problems;
  • Use computational strategies related to Limits, Continuity, Derivatives, Integrals, and Vectors to explore concepts, ideas, topical issues, and local context;
  • Justify solutions through mathematical arguments that integrate multiple concepts; and
  • Use a variety of ways to represent and communicate the processes used and solutions to calculus and vectors problems.

Experience 

  • Experience (5+ years) in teaching Maths to high school, community college and/or university students;
  • Some experience with Maths curriculum development;
  • Some 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; and
  • Experience managing student projects. 

Language 

  • Native-like English; and
  • Advanced Russian and some knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik or Kazakh would be an asset.

Education 

  • A Master’s Degree from a globally recognised university in Maths or a related discipline where the individual had the opportunity to use advanced statistical methodologies would be ideal;
  • Teaching Certification from a globally recognised university; and
  • Ph.D. from a globally recognised university would be ideal.

Relationships
The Maths Faculty Member will report to the Dean of UCA School of Arts & Sciences but work under the supervision of the Associate Dean on Campus.

Salary and Package
Salary and package to attract the best candidate.   

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 15 December 2016. Please use: “Maths Faculty Member” as the subject header and indicate how you heard about us.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Assistant Registrar

Position: Assistant Registrar
Duty station: Khorog, Tajikistan
Deadline: 15 January 2017

Commencement Date: February 2017

Summary of Position
This position consolidates initiatives involving student recruitment, admissions, enrolment, managing academic records, production of transcripts and Convocation.  The incumbent is also responsible for student experience on the UCA campus providing high quality, student-centred professional support services to meet their pastoral needs.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Recruitment and Admissions 

  • Responsible for the student application and admissions processes for the University’s academic programmes in Central Asia;
  • Maintain and record admissions data using the University’s Student Information and Administration System;
  • Produce recruitment reports and submission documents in a timely fashion for the Office of the Registrar and relevant University committees;
  • Implement a transparent, effective and efficient methodology for student applications, testing, and admission for the University’s undergraduate programmes; and
  • Work with the Head of Student Recruitment to manage admissions testing across Central Asia.

Assistant Registrar Functions 

  • Maintain student records;
  • Compile, maintain and track academic information and records for students in UCA’s programmes;
  • Communicate the university academic calendar, load courses into the student academic system, and manage course inventory;
  • Manage systems that support scheduling of classrooms, meeting rooms and discussion spaces as well as the scheduling of courses, mid-terms and final exams;
  • Present student performance reports to the Registrar and Dean of Arts and Sciences;
  • Maintain a database to track potential applicants to UCA, including data on student applications, testing and admission for the University’s undergraduate and eventually graduate programmes; and
  • Develop reports on student progression, withdrawals, Dean’s List and transcript requests.

Student Orientation 

  • Work with the Manager of Student Affairs to plan and coordinate orientation activities for first year students; and
  • Ensure that students are informed of the University’s academic policies.

Required Qualifications and Experience 

  • Minimum honours degree
  • At least 4 years of :
    - Experience working in a University environment;
    Experience working in Students Services, Student Support or any other administrative position within a University;
    Experience working within Central Asia or a developing country in post-secondary education in a similar position;
    Proven record of analyzing statistical data on admissions, registration, examinations and graduation for administrative use in formulating policies, statistical reporting and data mining;
    - Experience with student recruitment and University admissions processes within Central Asia or any other developing country;
    - Proven record of good administrative and organisational skills;
  • Experience working with PeopleSoft Campus Solutions or any other similar data management software would be an asset;
  • Proficiency in written and oral English with good communication and interpersonal skills. Ideally also proficient in Russian;
  • Must be detail oriented, well organized and able to work both independently and as part of a team; and
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet conflicting deadlines in a timely fashion and with accuracy.

Language 

  • Advanced English is required;
  • Russian is an important asset; and
  • Working knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik, and Kazakh would be an asset.

Relationships
The Assistant Registrar will report to the Registrar and work closely with the Assistant Registrars based in Bishkek and Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic.

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 hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Assistant Registrar”. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with the first round being reviewed on 15 January 2017. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Associate Professor in Communications

Position: Associate Professor in Communications
Deadline: 31 January 2017

Commencement Date: May/June 2017

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The University of Central Asia is seeking a senior Faculty Member in Communications and Media to teach at UCA’s two campuses in Naryn Campus in Kyrgyz Republic and Khorog Campus in Tajikistan.  In your role as Faculty Member, you will be dedicated to shaping the Communications and Media curriculum, helping students appreciate and develop an interdisciplinary approach to the field of media and communications, primarily grounded in the social sciences and also open to humanities perspectives.  Applicants should demonstrate research excellence and a commitment to developing critical ways to conceptualise and research empirically the relationships between media and communications technologies and the social world with particular reference to strategic communication challenges faced by individuals and organizations. 

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 the student-centred 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, with a requirement that all undergraduate students be fluent in their native language and Russian. As a Faculty Member, you will be dedicated to teaching in small classes and providing each student with personal academic attention to ensure they master and apply the material.

Programme Description
UCA's Communications and Media programme offers a unique integrated approach that includes communications theory, media studies, journalism and applied media. The programme mirrors current trends in the study and practice of media communications. Students will be equipped with a strong foundation in both theory and practical skills desired by media industries, including journalism, public relations, advertising, marketing communications, multi-media design, media production, media law and management. They will acquire skills in writing and critical thinking, as well as knowledge in media law, ethics and the political, economic, cultural and social character of Central Asian societies.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD or equivalent from a globally recognized university in Communications &/or equivalent experience in the field;
  • Fluency in English is required.

Teaching Experience

  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching and students; preferably at least 3 years of experience at the undergraduate level;
  • Demonstrated understanding of teaching, i.e. developing new and interesting courses grounded in a discipline area and interdisciplinary in nature;
  • Experience using innovative teaching methods and evaluation methodologies;
  • Experience in developing and delivering training modules to teachers, tutors and mentors;
  • Experience in some form of leadership involving students, faculty and staff, i.e. managing faculty (department lead or chair), student research projects and/or theses;
  • Experience in teaching in Central Asia would be a valuable asset;
  • Some technical skills related to media production would be an asset;
  • Ability to work independently, as well as within a teaching team; flexibility and the ability to work in a constantly-evolving academic endeavour is essential.

 Research Experience 

  • A proven ability to publish research in peer reviewed journals related to your areas of expertise;
  • Regular attendance and experience with presenting at international conferences;
  • Experience in conducting research in Central Asia would be a valuable asset.

Language 
Knowledge of Russian would be an advantage

Timing and Location
You should be prepared to move to Central Asia by May/June 2017 or earlier for acculturation and to prepare for teaching. Your position will be based in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic, but you will also teach classes at other UCA locations. Regional travel is to be expected.

Salary and Package: Salary and package to attract the best candidate. 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; (3) two references (one to attest to your teaching experience, and another to your research experience) and (4) teaching evaluations from the last three years of employment (if available) to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 31 January 2017. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Communications Faculty Member” and indicate how you heard about us.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Assistant/Associate Professor in Political Science

Position: Assistant/Associate Professor in Political Science
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
Deadline: 31 January 2017

Commencement Date: May/June2017

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The University of Central Asia is seeking a Faculty Member in Political Science to teach at UCA’s two campuses in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan, and Khorog, Tajikistan. The faculty position involves teaching in the Central Asian studies minor offered at the Naryn campus. It also involves teaching a course in the Liberal Arts programme delivered at the Naryn and Khorog campuses.

As a Faculty Member, you will have the opportunity to engage with research projects undertaken by the Institute of Public Policy and Administration, which is one of the region’s leading policy centres and offers a range of resources and access to an international network of researchers. The successful candidate will have an academic background in Comparative Public Policy, International Political Economy with an area studies concentration in Central Asia.

Central to the vision of UCA is to create an outstanding teaching and research institution that excels in the generation and application of knowledge. We seek an individual with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and student mentoring. You will be helping students develop an informed acquaintance with a variety of topics that are related to politics and government in Central Asia and the region and their relationship to global political systems and forces. Academic programmes combine the student-centred 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, with a requirement that all undergraduate students be fluent in their native language and Russian. As a Faculty Member, you will be dedicated to teaching in small classes and providing each student with personal academic attention to ensure they master and apply the material.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • PhD or equivalent from an internationally recognized university in Comparative Government, International Political Economy with area studies concentration on Central Asia.
  • Fluency in English is required, knowledge of Russian, and one of the national languages of the region are significant assets.

Teaching Experience 

  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching and students; preferably at least 3 years of experience at the undergraduate level;
  • Demonstrated understanding of teaching i.e. developing new and interesting courses grounded in a discipline area and interdisciplinary in nature;
  • Experience using innovative teaching methods and evaluation methodologies ;
  • Experience in developing and delivering training modules to teachers, tutors and mentors;
  • Experience in teaching in Central Asia would be a valuable asset.

 Research Experience 

  • A proven ability to publish research in peer reviewed journals related to your areas of expertise;
  • Experience with international research projects;
  • Experience in conducting research in Central Asia would be a valuable asset.

Timing and Location
You should be prepared to move to Central Asia by May/June 2017 or earlier for acculturation and to prepare for teaching. Your position will be based at the Naryn Campus, Kyrgyz Republic. Regional travel is to be expected.

Salary and Package
Salary and package to attract the best candidate. 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; (3) two references (one to attest to your teaching experience, and another to your research experience) and (4) teaching evaluations from the last three years of employment (if available) to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 31 January 2017. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Political Science Faculty Member” and indicate how you heard about us.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Visiting Professor in Intercultural Communication

Position: Visiting Professor in Intercultural Communication
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic and Khorog, Tajikistan
Deadline: 31 January 2017

Commencement Date: August 2017

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The University of Central Asia is seeking a Visiting Faculty Member with a background in Intercultural Communications to teach in the Liberal Arts Year at the Naryn Campus in Kyrgyz Republic and Khorog Campus in Tajikistan. As a Faculty Member, you will be dedicated to helping students understand and analyse cultural difference and teach them how to communicate with people who come from cultures different from their own.

As a Faculty Member, you will also assist students to: 

  • Expand their view of the concept of culture by analysing definitions of culture in various disciplines;
  • Realize how culture impacts people’s perception of the world and their communication style within a community;
  • Learn why communication between people from differing cultures might lead to misunderstandings or conflicts;
  • Develop their intercultural competence and skills, allowing them to avoid or find solutions to conflicts caused by cultural misunderstandings.

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 the student-centred 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, with a requirement that all undergraduate students be fluent in their native language and Russian. As a Faculty Member, you will be dedicated to teaching in small classes and providing each student with personal academic attention to ensure they master and apply the material.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD from an internationally recognized university in intercultural communication or anthropology
  • Familiarity with intercultural communication theory
  • Substantial experience living and working outside one's home culture."  

Teaching Experience 

  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching and students; preferably at least 3 years of experience at the undergraduate level
  • Demonstrated understanding of pedagogy, i.e. developing new and interesting courses grounded in a discipline area and interdisciplinary in nature
  • Experience using innovative teaching methods and evaluation methodologies
  • Experience in developing and delivering training modules to teachers, tutors and mentors
  • Experience in some form of leadership involving students, faculty and staff, i.e. managing faculty (department lead or chair), student research projects and/or theses
  • Experience in teaching in Central Asia would be a valuable asset

Research Experience 

  • A proven ability to publish research in peer reviewed journals related to your areas of expertise
  • Regular attendance and experience with presenting at international conferences
  • Experience in conducting research in Central Asia would be a valuable asset

Timing and Location
You should be prepared to begin training in May/June 2017 or earlier for acculturation and to preparation for teaching. In the 2017-18 academic year, in accordance with your availability, you will teach classes at both campuses, and regional travel, therefore, is to be expected. 

Language 
English is required, and some knowledge of Russian would be an asset 

Salary and Package
Salary and package to attract the best candidate. 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; (3) two references (one to attest to your teaching experience, and another to your research experience) and (4) teaching evaluations from the last three years of employment (if available) to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 31 January 2017. Please use: “Intercultural Communication Faculty Member” as the subject header and indicate how you heard about us.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Associate Professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences

Position: Associate Professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences
Duty station: Khorog, Tajikistan
Deadline: 31 January 2017

Commencement Date: May/June2017

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The University of Central Asia is seeking a senior Earth and Environmental Sciences Faculty Member to teach at UCA’s two campuses in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan and Khorog, Tajikistan. You will be a key member of the faculty of the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) major offered at the Khorog campus. In addition, you would contribute to the EES component of the Liberal Arts programme offered at the Naryn campus, Kyrgyzstan.

In your role as Faculty Member, you will be dedicated to helping students develop competence in a variety of topics that are related to Central Asia, and that place Central Asia in a global context from a social, political, economic and environmental context. 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 the 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, with a requirement that all undergraduate students be fluent in their native language and Russian. As a Faculty Member, you will also be dedicated to teaching in small classes and providing each student with personal academic attention to ensure they master and apply the material.

Programme Description
UCA's cross-disciplinary Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) programme integrates the study of social-ecological and geological systems to create informed and engaged leaders and scholars. The programme provides an introduction to  the vast diversity of  livelihoods,  environments and  socio-cultural systems in Central Asia's mountainous regions and addresses complex regional and global problems such as climate change, poverty, environmental degradation, natural hazards, resource conflicts, and food and energy insecurity. The EES curriculum that is being developed in partnership with internationally renowned universities has a strong foundation that draws upon the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. It will also foster the development of research and other professional skills, and provide opportunities for you to undertake research in your own areas of interest.

Our campuses, which are located in mountain communities provide unique learning environments. You will have an opportunity to engage with research projects undertaken by the Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI). MSRI offers a range of resources, including UCA's geographic information systems (GIS) laboratory and access to an international network of researchers.

Required Qualifications and Experience 

  • PhD or equivalent from an internationally recognized university in a relevant field of  earth and environmental sciences
  • Fluency in English is required, knowledge of Russian is an asset.

Teaching Experience 

  •  A demonstrated commitment to teaching and students; preferably at least 3 years of experience at the undergraduate level;
  •  Demonstrated  proficiency in teaching  which includes developing on a solid basis of disciplinary competence new and interesting courses  that are interdisciplinary in nature;
  • Experience using innovative teaching methods and evaluation methodologies;
  • Experience in developing and delivering training modules to teachers, tutors and mentors;
  • Experience in some form of leadership involving students, faculty and staff, i.e. managing faculty (department lead or chair), student research projects and/or theses;
  • Experience teaching in Central Asia would be a valuable asset.

Research Experience 

  • A proven ability to publish research in peer reviewed journals related to your areas of expertise;
  • Experience in international research projects;
  • Regular attendance and experience with presenting at international conferences;
  • Experience in conducting research in Central Asia would be a valuable asset.

Timing and Location
You should be prepared to move to Central Asia by May/June 2017 or earlier for acculturation and to prepare for teaching. You will teach classes at the Khorog Campus in Tajikistan. Regional travel is to be expected.

Salary and Package
Salary and package to attract the best candidate. 

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; (3) two references (one to attest to your teaching experience, and another to your research experience) and (4) teaching evaluations from the last three years of employment (if available) to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 31 January 2017. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Earth and Environmental Sciences Faculty Member” and indicate how you heard about us.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Campus Counsellor

Position: Campus Counsellor
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 31 January 2017

Commencement Date: February/March 2017

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The University of Central Asia is seeking a full-time Campus 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/Khorog campus in Tajikistan, and starts in early March 2017. However, the start date is flexible. The successful candidate is primarily responsible for the provision of counselling services to students who are seeking solutions to personal concerns, but the Counsellor will also provide career and academic services to students in both individual, group and class settings.  

Counselling Services directly support the mission of the University of Central Asia by engaging in activities that facilitate the student learning experience, increase student engagement and success.  The Counsellor will also assist with residence life, recreation programs, student orientations and other student activities; liaise and work with staff and administration on behalf of students through committees and on an individual basis; deliver student support courses such as job search training, school life balance, peer mentorship 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.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

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 on campus crises
  • Offer personal counselling to students adjusting to post-secondary studies and living away from home.

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 and the appropriate support structures and coping mechanisms that are needed
  • An ability to establish a cooperative work environment and create strong collaborative relationships
  • Proven ability engage students, staff and faculty in developing  a healthy campus culture that support student 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

Language 

  • Advanced English and Russian is required; however, for very experienced counsellors Russian may be considered optional
  • Working knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik, and Kazakh would be an attractive asset

Relationships
Reports to the University Counsellor and works closely with the Manager of Student Affairs, 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 hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 31 January 2017. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Campus Counsellor” and indicate how you heard about us.


Assistant/Associate Professor in History

Position: Assistant/Associate Professor in History
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 31 January 2017

Commencement Date: May/June2017

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The University of Central Asia is seeking a History Faculty Member specializing in Central Asia to teach at UCA’s two campuses in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan and Khorog, Tajikistan.  The faculty position involves teaching in the Central Asian Studies minor offered at the Naryn campus. It also involves teaching two survey courses covering Central Asian history from circa 500 to the post-colonial period in the Liberal Arts programme delivered at the Naryn and Khorog campuses. You will also have an opportunity to participate in projects initiated by the Cultural Heritage and Humanities Research Unit. The successful candidate will have an academic background in Central Asian history.

In your role as Faculty Member, you will be dedicated to helping students develop an informed acquaintance with a variety of topics that are related to Central Asian history, history of the region and Central Asia’s place in a more global historical context. 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 the student-centred 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, with a requirement that all undergraduate students be fluent in their native language and Russian. As a Faculty Member, you will be dedicated to teaching in small classes and providing each student with personal academic attention to ensure they master and apply the material.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • PhD or equivalent from an internationally  recognized university in the history of Central Asia;
  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of Russian is required, knowledge of one of the national languages of the region is an asset.

Teaching Experience 

  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching and students; preferably at least 3 years of experience at the undergraduate level;
  • Demonstrated understanding of teaching, i.e. developing new and interesting courses grounded in a discipline area and interdisciplinary in nature;
  • Experience using innovative teaching methods and evaluation methodologies;
  • Experience in developing and delivering training modules to teachers, tutors and mentors;
  • Experience in some form of leadership involving students, faculty and staff, i.e. managing faculty (department lead or chair), student research projects and/or theses;
  • Experience teaching in Central Asia is essential.

Research Experience 

  • A proven ability to publish research in peer reviewed journals related to your areas of expertise;
  • Regular attendance and experience with presenting at international conferences;
  • Experience in conducting research in Central Asia is essential.

Timing and Location
You should be prepared to move to Central Asia by May/June 2017 or earlier for acculturation and to prepare for teaching. Your position will be based at the Naryn Campus, Kyrgyz Republic. You will teach classes at both campuses, and regional travel, therefore, is to be expected.

Salary and Package
Salary and package to attract the best candidate. 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; (3) two references (one to attest to your teaching experience, and another to your research experience) and (4) teaching evaluations from the last three years of employment (if available) to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 31 January 2017. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “History Faculty Member” and indicate how you heard about us. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Student Life Advisor

Position: Student Life Advisor
Duty station: Khorog, Tajikistan or Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic (please indicate the location of interest)
Deadline: 31 January 2017

Commencement Date: June 2017

Summary of Position 
UCA is seeking Student Life Advisors (SLA) who will help develop, coordinate, and maintain programmes within 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 his/her campus community and to help build a strong, welcoming, and inclusive residence community, while encouraging an immersive English language environment.

The SLA will help to serve as a supportive and helpful resource, providing academic and personal advice and support to students.  UCA will have three SLAs per campus and each will be responsible for the design and implementation of one of the three programme areas on campus: (1) Athletics, Wellness, and Recreational Programmes; (2) Student Clubs and Student Leadership Programmes, and (3) Academic Support Programmes.  The particular emphasis for this SLA will be a focus on student clubs and leadership programmes. All SLAs, however, will participate in each of these areas and support Residence Life. In terms of residence life, each SLA 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.

Programming 

  • 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. intramural sports, fitness programmes, etc.), student clubs (e.g. debate club, charity clubs, etc.), student leadership (e.g. student association), and academic support programmes (e.g. tutoring programmes, serving as teaching assistants for faculty in the English, Math and Science Preparatory Programme) 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 building-wide events and floor events (e.g. floor dinners, hikes, etc.)
  • In some instances, support academic programmes as a tutor or as a lab supervisor and technician for the science courses offered by UCA

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 and the university overall
  • Hold residents accountable for their behaviour
  • Perform as a mediator in conflicts among residents and staff 

Facilities and Amenities

Student Life Advisors are responsible for the following administrative and collateral tasks: 

  • Check-in and check-out of residents
  • Keeping track of resident occupancy
  • Document policy violations
  • Report maintenance and facility concerns and conduct health and safety Inspections

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 behaviours 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

Academic Support  

  • Develop one-on-one relationships with students with the goal of helping them improve weaknesses in English, Math and/or Science
  • Provide support related to study skills, research, quantitative reasoning, debate and argumentation, academic writing, test taking, IT literacy, etc.
  • Develop learning plans for individual students

 

Minimum Qualifications and Relevant Experience 

  • At least two years of on campus living at a college or university
  • At least two years’ experience tutoring 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 on campus: 
    - Athletics Programmes
    - Student Clubs and/or Student Leadership Programmes
    Academic Support Programmes
  • Event planning and logistics experience is an asset
  • Demonstrates sensitivity to and interest in people, neutrality, respect for dignity and open-mindedness on issues
  • Have one to three years of experience working with students, in student services/government 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 residence halls can facilitate the educational and personal development of the residents; committed to developing and managing a team
  • Having experience supervising lab exercises, or serving as a lab technician in an academic environmental would be an asset

Desired Skills and Qualifications 

  • Strong IT skills
  • Demonstrated initiative
  • 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.

Language

  • Advanced English is required.
  • Fluency in Russian is strongly preferred. 
  • Knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik, 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 in the community for which he/she is responsible and must be available to be on-call on multiple events two to three evenings/nights per week (Monday –Thursday), plus two weekends per month (Friday night through Sunday night).

How to apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by January 31 2017. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Student Life Advisor”. Please indicate which campus location you are applying to in your email subject and cover letter. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Associate Professor in Economics

Position: Associate Professor in Economics
Duty station: Khorog, Tajikistan
Deadline: 31 January 2017

Commencement Date: May/June 2017

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities

The University of Central Asia is seeking a senior Economics Faculty Member to teach at UCA’s two campuses in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan and Khorog, Tajikistan. As a Faculty Member, you will be dedicated to helping students develop an informed acquaintance with a variety of topics that are related to Central Asian and regional economic systems and structures and how and by whom they are conditioned today, in the past and in the future.  You will also work with UCA to manage the development of its undergraduate programme which will have introductory courses in micro and macroeconomics and advanced courses in econometrics, trade economics and labour economics.

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 the student-centred 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, with a requirement that all undergraduate students be fluent in their native language and Russian. As a Faculty Member, you will be dedicated to teaching in small classes and providing each student with personal academic attention to ensure they master and apply the material.

Programme Description
UCA aims to train economists who are strategic thinkers and can eventually serve as effective policy makers in trade and foreign direct investment and practical analysts who understand the complexities of Central Asian and global economies. The programme will address both global economic concepts and processes and Central Asian emerging economies and opportunities. It will equip students to lead regional policy making to generate economic reforms and contribute to sound public policy and private sector growth.

You will have access to and be expected to contribute to research implemented by the University's Institute of Public Administration and Policy, which fosters rigorous inquiry into public policy related to socio-economic development in Central Asia and has strong partnerships with government agencies across the region. 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • PhD or equivalent from an internationally recognized university in Economics
  • Fluency in English is required

Teaching Experience 

  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching and students; preferably at least 3 years of experience at the undergraduate level
  • Demonstrated understanding of teaching i.e. developing new and interesting courses grounded in a discipline area and interdisciplinary in nature
  • Experience using innovative teaching methods and evaluation methodologies
  • Experience in developing and delivering training modules to teachers, tutors and mentors
  • Experience in some form of leadership involving students, faculty and staff, i.e. managing faculty (department lead or chair), student research projects and/or theses
  • Experience in teaching in Central Asia would be a valuable asset

Research Experience 

  • A proven ability to publish research in peer reviewed journals related to your areas of expertise
  • Regular attendance and experience with presenting at international conferences
  • Experience in conducting research in Central Asia would be a valuable asset

Timing and Location
You should be prepared to move to Central Asia by May/June 2017 or earlier for acculturation and to prepare for teaching. Your position will be based at the Khorog Campus, Tajikistan, and you will also be teaching at the Naryn Campus, Kyrgyz Republic, regional travel, therefore, is to be expected.

Language
Knowledge of Russian would be an advantage.

Salary and Package
Salary and package 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 (one to attest to your teaching experience, and another to your research experience) and (4) teaching evaluations from the last three years of employment (if available) to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 31 January 2017. Please use: “Economics Faculty Member” as the subject header and indicate how you heard about us.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Russian Editor/Translator

Position: Russian Editor/Translator
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: Position open until filled

Summary of Position
The Russian Editor is a member of the Content Development function of the UCA Communications and Marketing team. The main function of this support-level position includes  oral interpretation, written translation and editing for various departments within UCA; editing and written translation of UCA communications and marketing materials and managing external translation tasks. The Russian Editor will have a strong command of English and is responsible for editing content for various communications and marketing platforms in Russian (print, online, multimedia, power point, posters, banners), as well as UCA research, materials, institutional reports, strategic plans and proposals, to ensure high quality and brand-appropriate products.

Key Responsibilities
  • Perform timely oral interpretation and written translation, editing to ensure compliance with established requirements for scientific and technical terms and definitions, and consistency with the lexical and semantic content of the source;
  • Proofread, fact check, edit and revise translated materials;
  • Develop and maintain multi-lingual UCA glossary of technical and commonly used terms for use by internal stakeholders and outsourced translators to ensure consistency across multiple languages;
  • Edit content for University communications and marketing outputs, including website content, newsletters, flyers, press releases and other internal and external materials to highlight UCA, AKDN and external brand and value propositions;
  • Continuously improve knowledge of terminology and maintain awareness of topics and events related to performance of job duties and responsibilities;
  • Provide substantive and copy editing services to UCA programmes, including supporting UCA’s three research institutes through the editing of working papers, glossaries and publications;
  • Other tasks as assigned by Director of Communications and Marketing. 
Requirements
  • At least 3 years of work experience as an editor in international or other organisations;
  • Excellent command of writing, editing and speaking in Russian;
  • A strong command of writing and speaking in English is required;
  • Experience working in an international organisation is highly desired;
  • Knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik or Kazakh is an asset;
  • Ability to edit/review large volumes of information in dynamic and high pressure environments;
  • Some knowledge of industry-specific terminology for example in education, construction, finance, economics, statistics, tax or law;
  • Superior editing skills (substantive and copy) in a variety of styles and voices for a range of platforms;
  • Excellent communications skills, including ability to communicate across institutional hierarchy, cultures and locations;
  • Sound judgement to manage confidential information and serve as liaison to partner organisations;
  • Experience in and knowledge of international development, capacity building, education and Central Asia a plus. 
Relationships
The incumbent will report to the Director of Communications and Marketing and work closely with University units and departments across its three founding states.

Salary and Package
Salary and package to attract the best candidate. The job description is subject to change.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 9 August 2016. As your application e-mail subject, please write: "Russian Editor/Translator" and indicate how you heard about us. Applications are open until the position is filled.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.