Current Vacancies

List of current vacancies:

1 | Project Coordinator, IELTS Preparation Course (Deadline: 30 Sept. 2016)

2 | Cashier/Administrative Assistant (Deadline: 30 Sept. 2016)

3 | Senior Security Guard (Deadline: 16 Oct. 2016)

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

5 | Research Fellow, Landscape Management Planning for Central Tien Shan Mountains (Deadline: Position open until filled)

Project Coordinator, IELTS Preparation Course

Position: Project Coordinator, IELTS Preparation Course
Duty station: Dushanbe, Khorog, Tajikistan
Deadline: 30 September 2016

Assignment Period: October 2016 – September 2017

Summary of the Position
The incumbent will be responsible for coordination and successful implementation of SPCE’s preparatory IELTS training programme in Tajikistan.  This programme ensures youth for whom English is not the first language, or where English has not been the medium of instruction, have parity of access to English medium postgraduate courses of study. Two groups of students (one in Khorog and one in Dushanbe) will participate in the programme allowing them to take the IELTS test prior to making applications for relevant study programmes.

Main Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Provide proper procedures to enhance quality assurance tools for the programme;
  • Coordinate and control the work of Instructors in development of curriculum and  teaching;
  • Schedule teaching process;
  • Send timetable of the learning process and exams scheduling to UCA SPCE's Central Administration Office (CAO) for further approval;
  • Provide optimal distribution of workload among Instructors;
  • Manage logistics related to the delivery of courses, staff and students travel in and out of the location;
  • Liaise with all internal and external stakeholders at all stages of the events in the location to ensure streamlined communication and coordination;
  • Develop narrative and financial reports, in compliance with requirements; and
  • Perform any other duties as and when assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • University Bachelor degree, Master’s degree is advantage;
  • Three years of relevant experience in project management and coordination;
  • Highly motivated with strong organisational skills;
  • Strong communication, writing and time management skills;
  • Independent worker with ability to take initiative;
  • Fluency in English; and
  • Advanced user of computer.

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

How to Apply
Please send a CV to by 30 September 2016. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Project Coordinator, IELTS Preparation Course”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Cashier/Administrative Assistant

Position: Cashier/Administrative Assistant
Duty station: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Deadline: 30 September 2016

Duration: Full-time (0.5 FT Cashier and 0.5 FT Admin Assistant)

Summary of the Position
The main functions will be receiving cash and payment, preparing financial documents in accordance with established procedures; provide support with logistics, procurement compliance with the operation service requirements, provide and take care of learning/teaching resources, and insuring of cleanliness, order, and maintenance of the Centre building.   

Main Duties and Responsibilities 

As a Cashier:

  • Streamline the record keeping for all the transactions with regard to fee collection in UCA;
  • Maintains accounting records of all cash and related transactions with the strict observance of appropriate rules to ensure their safety;
  • Maintain the cashbook in accordance with the debit and credit accounts;
  • Perform regular cash counts and reconciliation;
  • Assisting the cashier of SPCE, who responsible for invoices recording, on general finance issues as needed; and
  • Other tasks assigned by the Finance manager.

As an Administrative Assistant:

  • Implement and maintain the procedures of internal control over the material and technical base and other property of SPCE;
  • Maintain an inventory of the property, as well as carry out repairs of furniture and remodeled facilities;
  • Registration and distribution of necessary equipment, office supplies according to material requisition forms;
  • Ensure provision, keeping record and usage of learning resources, including books, audio and visual materials; and
  • Other responsibilities assigned by supervisor.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Relevant sphere education; ATC certificate will be an advantage;
  • Minimum 3 years of experience as a cashier or finance assistant;
  • Strong communication abilities, able to collaborate and be a team player;
  • Interpersonal skills, ability to work in multicultural environment;
  • Fluency in Russian, Tajik languages. Fair English language; and
  • Computer literate: MS Access, MS Excel, MS Word, Internet and email, ICDL certificate will be an added advantage.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to by 30 September 2016. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Cashier/Admin Assistant”. Applications are open until the position is filled.

Senior Security Guard

Position: Senior Security Guard
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Deadline: 16 October 2016

Summary of Position
The Senior Security Guard position oversees and coordinates office activities related to security to ensure effective execution of security duties. Supervise and coordinate the delivery of quality services on an assigned specific shift.  Act as a liaison between Security Coordinator and Security Guards. Supervise day-to-day operations on assigned shift, providing coaching, recognition and discipline within approved empowerment range.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Serves for the protection of objects, material assets and equipment’s of UCA;
  • Performs personal examination (if necessary);
  • Controls the work of security and fire alarm systems installed at office;
  • Checks the causes of alarm and takes measures to apprehend violators or to eliminate fire before the arrival of the relevant authorities;
  • Conducts arrangements for prevention and suspension of offences at office;
  • Observe departing personnel to protect against theft of company property and ensure that authorized removal of property is conducted within appropriate client requirements;
  • Examines doors, windows, and gates to ensure security; uses University keys to open and close buildings; monitors closed buildings for unauthorized persons and/or suspicious activities;
  • Provide assistance to employees and visitors in a courteous and professional manner;
  • Watches for and reports irregularities, such as security breaches, facility and safety hazards, and emergency situations; contacts emergency responders, such as police, fire, and/or ambulance personnel, as required;
  • Remains alert for the presence of unauthorized persons and/or security code violators; approaches suspicious persons and/or notifies police as appropriate; may confront and/or detain violators, as required, until police arrive;
  • Prepares routine, standardized reports;
  • Ensure all shifts are filled;
  • Investigate and prepare reports on accidents, incidents, and suspicious activities; maintain written logs as required by the post; and
  • Perform other duties as requested by supervisory and/or management staff.
Required Qualifications and Experience 
  • High school diploma, at least 3 years of directly related experience which may include directly related certification or practicum training;
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, and customer service orientation;
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations;
  • Skill in performing building security and lock procedures;
  • Knowledge of public security codes, policies, and regulations;
  • Ability to understand, follow, and enforce safety codes, regulations, and procedures;
  • Skill in providing protection services to individuals on office;
  • Ability to detect problems and report information to appropriate personnel;
  • Fluency in Russian. Pre-Intermediate English language is required; and
  • Computer literate (Microsoft Word, Excel, e-mail, internet, etc.)
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to by 16 October 2016. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Senior Security Guard”. Expected start date: As soon as possible. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Position open until filled.
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. 
  • 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. 
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 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.

Research Fellow, Landscape Management Planning for Central Tien Shan Mountains

Position: Research Fellow, Landscape Management Planning for Central Tien Shan Mountains
Deadline: Position open until filled

Duration: 6 months, October 2016-March 2017

UCA’s Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) is a University-wide institute that seeks to generate, disseminate and promote the application of knowledge for the development of mountain regions and societies in Central Asia.

MSRI aims to fulfill five complementary objectives:

1. Generate and disseminate relevant knowledge based on scientific research

2. Strengthen regional capacities to conduct research relevant for mountain societies

3. Inform development policy and practice through sound research and critical syntheses

4. Become a knowledge hub in Central Asia for scholars, practitioners and policy makers

5. Inform UCA’s academic programs with a primary focus on mountain societies

In 2013, political leaders from 12 countries came together to endorse the Bishkek Declaration on the conservation of snow leopards. It was a monumental feat where the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr Almazbek Atambaeyev, hosted leaders from Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in the Global Snow Leopard Forum held in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, with a shared goal of conserving snow leopards and their fragile habitats.

A comprehensive Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Programme (GSLEP) was launched to achieve the ambitious goal of addressing high-mountain development issues using conservation of snow leopard as a flagship species. The programme’s goal is to secure at least 20 snow leopard landscapes with viable snow leopard populations by 2020 (or ‘20 by 2020’ in shorthand). GSLEP’s Secretariat is based in Bishkek. The Snow Leopard Trust is a core partner of GSLEP, as an observer member in the High Level Steering Committee. It has seconded two scientific staff to the programme, and it also supports two senior advisors to the programme.

The Snow Leopard Trust is a registered charity in the United States of America that builds community partnerships through use of sound science to determine priorities for protecting the endangered snow leopard, listening to communities to identify needs, and seeking resources to sustain long-term programs. The Snow Leopard Trust has country programmes in five of the 12 snow leopard countries, where it implements the research and conservation programs via locally registered organisations. Snow Leopard Foundation-Kyrgyzstan is the Kyrgyz partner of Snow Leopard Trust, and is a registered non-government organisation based out of Bishkek.

Management planning for the Central Tien Shan Landscape is a task assigned by the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry (SAEPF), Government of Kyrgyz Republic, to the GSLEP Secretariat and its partners. The project aims to develop an innovative, landscape level and participatory management plan for the mountain landscape – balancing conservation needs with local livelihoods and development needs and with other stakeholder mandates.

Pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Project Agreement signed between the above Parties, the present limited duration research position is created in order to advance the Central Tian Shan project.

Summary of Position
Qualified experienced applicants are sought to fill the position of Research Fellow at UCA, in order to advance the development of the landscape level management plan and also provide assistance with developing further research projects to understand the local social-ecological system better.

In addition, the successful candidate shall contribute toward the translation of knowledge for different audiences – as dissemination of knowledge constitutes one of the core objectives of MSRI, GSLEP and the other parties.

The Research Fellow will be jointly supervised by a Principal Investigator from the Snow Leopard Foundation - Kyrgyzstan (SLF-K) and Co-Investigators from the GSLEP Secretariat and from UCA’s MSRI.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work will primarily involve literature reviews and on-the-ground surveys on biodiversity, on society and development, and on governance and management institutions affecting the Central Tien Shan Landscape;
  • Fieldwork will entail working with remote local communities (trekking will be required) as well as traveling to and meeting with Government and Non-Government institutions across the region to better understand their mandates and current/planned projects;
  • The position will be headquartered in Karakol, Issyk Kul Province, but will also entail frequent travel within the Central Tien Shan Landscape for fieldwork as well as to Bishkek for consultation with the GSLEP Secretariat and MSRI staff and experts;
  • The Research Fellow will support GSLEP Secretariat senior project staff and the MSRI-appointed Co-Investigator with strategic duties for strengthening or advancement of common objectives; and
  • The Research Fellow also will collaborate with MSRI senior staff and with UCA’s Grants & Partnerships department, along with GSLEP Secretariat, in order to further develop long-term conservation research proposals.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • University degree in Ecology, Life Sciences, Sociology, and/or Management. Masters or PhD level degree is preferable;
  • Good conceptual skills in identifying knowledge gaps and research opportunities;

  • Ability to work in developing/emerging countries and to communicate effectively with partners and stakeholders from different backgrounds, including scientific, managerial and other non-scientific backgrounds;
  • Flexibility and ability to work in the start-up environment of a young academic institution;
  • Working knowledge of English, with good command of Russian and Kyrgyz. Proficiency in English is preferable; and
  • Prior experience in project management is preferable.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter explaining your interest to work with MSRI/UCA, including your experience in relation to the advertised position, CV, and contact information for three references to by 3 October 2016. As your application e-mail subject, please write: "Research Fellow, Tien Shan Project". 

Applications are open until the position is filled.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.