Current Vacancies

List of current vacancies:

1 | Director Advancement and Public Affairs (Deadline: 31 Aug. 2016)

2 | Sports Facilities Administrator (Deadline: 31 Aug. 2016)

3 | Junior Logistics Coordinator (Deadline: 03 Sept. 2016)

4 | Manager - Grants Development & Management (Deadline: 05 Sept. 2016)

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

Director Advancement and Public Affairs

Position: Director Advancement and Public Affairs
Deadline: 31 August 2016

Position Summary
The incumbent will be responsible for the development and implementation of UCA’s strategies related to global fundraising, communications and marketing. He/she will identify and work with private, corporate and international partners, to address the growing financial/capital needs of the University. A key role the Director will play is to mobilize senior staff and faculty in developing high-impact cases to garner support for capital investments, on-going academic programmes or major institutional initiatives (such as new institutes, or UCA programmes in new geographies) as well as develop, on an on-going basis, strategies and opportunities for annual giving, corporate support, and alumni fundraising.
The Director will oversee the University’s fundraising campaigns and annual giving drives; develop and administer donor recognition policies; establish on-going dialogue and communications with givers; and effectively track fundraising drives, pledges, collections, and acknowledgement of gifts.
In addition to responsibilities related to resource mobilization, this position will also require the incumbent to present to multiple constituencies (local, national, regional and international), including the general public, the University’s unique story, through the creation and implementation of integrated communications strategies that enable faculty, staff and management to achieve the University’s objectives. This will entail providing overall leadership to UCA’s communications and marketing department; ensuring timely reporting of milestone events (including, in the near to middle term, construction progress and campus openings); partner/donor engagement and fundraising; and brand development and management.
Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and achieve fundraising goals, strategies, plans and objectives.
  • Identify prospects and develop strategies to solicit major, leadership and principal gifts from corporations, foundations and individuals.
  • Prepare fundraising proposals for solicitation of established as well as new prospects. Identify and analyze information pertinent to the development of relationships with potential individual givers, corporations and foundations. Prepare and present reports for University officials and external audiences.
  • Develop and administer recognition policies, and establish on-going dialogue and communications with givers.
  • Visit givers, international donor organizations and foundations throughout the region, particularly in the Founding States as well as internationally, to raise awareness of the University’s initiatives and solicit gifts.
  • Supervise an effective programme of communication and stewardship for all prospects.
  • Organize events on campus and elsewhere to showcase key funding initiatives for potential givers.
  • Plan and manage various campaigns and annual giving drives.
  • Recruit, train and oversee volunteers in various donor geographies, ensuring they become effective connectors to prospects.
  • Establish systems for the effective tracking of fundraising drives, pledges, collections and acknowledgement of gifts, and the timely collection of pledges.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Public Affairs 
  • Develop and implement UCA’s global brand to maximize its impact and highlight the University’s value proposition.
  • Cultivate relations with critical stakeholders in the region and internationally to understand the views of major private and public players on issues of concern to UCA.
  • Ensure that communications and messaging are consistent with the brand, nationally, regionally and globally, and are in line with UCA’s Communications and Marketing Strategy.
  • Oversee the development of communications outputs and products, and their effective dissemination (e.g.  website, social media platforms, multimedia tools, newsletters, press releases, annual reports and other promotional materials, and partner and media engagement strategies).
  • Cultivate relationships with Central Asian and international media to give UCA greater global exposure.
  • Provide strategic guidance to all entities and officers of the University on communications and marketing, media engagement, event planning and management, including crisis management.
Required Qualifications and Experience 
  • Master’s degree, preferably in business, marketing, public affairs or public relations, fundraising or other germane fields. Relevant experience in lieu of a Master’s degree may be considered in exceptional cases.
  • At least fifteen years in the corporate, business or professional world. Previous fundraising experience is desirable; experience of fundraising through the engagement of volunteers, in marketing, communication and public relations will be an important consideration.
  • Maturity and ability to work with senior persons including UCA’s management team.
  • Ability and stamina to travel regionally and internationally.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Fundraising and communications for an innovative institution like UCA will require the ability to think creatively, and a strong commitment to the objectives of the University.
  • Demonstrated record of establishing relationships with media.
Reporting Relationship and Location
The position reports to the Executive Chairman, Board Executive Committee of UCA and will be based at the University’s Central Administrative Office in Bishkek.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to  by 31 August 2016. As your application e-mail subject, please write: "Director Advancement and Public Affairs".

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Sports Facilities Administrator

Position: Sports Facilities Administrator
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 31 August 2016

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Monitor the access of sports facilities for UCA staff and students;
  • Ensure that the sports and gymnasium equipment is being used appropriately and safely;
  • To ensure that the equipment is safely stored;
  • To make sure that the sports equipment is in good working condition and arrange repairs when required;
  • Monitor and ensure that appropriate safety and security protocol is followed if there are any injuries in the facility;
  • Organise and ensure the cleaning of sports and gymnasium facilities area;
  • Report on a monthly basis regarding items needing replenishment and making a purchase list of required items for open and closed sports facilities and gymnasium;
  • Monitor and regular checking for the blowing equipment and a back-up unit;
  • Provision of sports equipment for open areas such as football area and tennis courts; and
  • Provide support to referee the sports events and student coaching.
Required Qualifications and Experience
  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution;
  • Minimum of two (2) years of work experience in security, sports administration or office work;
  • An interest in sports and awareness of issues in overseeing a sports facility;
  • Demonstrated commitment to quality and experience with people of diverse educational, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; and
  • Excellent communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work well with others.
  • Knowledge of English and Russian; and
  • Working knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik, and Kazakh would be an asset
The Sports Facilities Administrator will: 
  • Report to the Facilities Manager
  • Work closely with the UCA School of Arts and Sciences team
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to by 31 August. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Sports Facilities Administrator”.

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

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Junior Logistics Coordinator

Position: School of Arts and Sciences
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 03 September 2016

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
Key responsibilities of this individual include the following:
  • Support the various activities in School of Arts and Sciences with logistics for programming and launch;
  • Providing administrative and data entry support including for Human Resources related tasks, upgrading initiatives, registrar, admissions and other Academic related activities;
  • Assisting with data analysis and research compilation for strategic plans;
  • Assisting in organising focus groups, student surveys and other student activities;
  • Arrangements and coordination of focus groups for all Arts and Sciences research initiatives; and
  • Oversee internal UCA documentation submissions for various programming efforts and liaises with Finance and Administration on routine requests.
Minimum Qualifications
  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution;
  • Minimum of two (2) years of work experience including but not limited to event management and logistics;
  • Strong administrative skills and attention to detail, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel;
  • Demonstrated commitment to quality and experience with people of diverse educational, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; and
  • Excellent communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work well with others in a team environment.
  • Advanced English and Russian; and
  • Working knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik, and Kazakh would be an asset.
The Junior Logistics Coordinator will:
  • Report to the UCA Manager of Academic Operations; and
  • Support the UCA School of Arts and Sciences team as required. 
The job description is subject to change.
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to by 03 September 2016. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Junior Logistics Coordinator” and indicate how you heard about us. Applications are open until the position is filled.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Manager - Grants Development & Management

Position: Manager - Grants Development & Management
Deadline: 05 September 2016

It is an exciting time to be part of the University of Central Asia (UCA)! UCA was established by an international treaty between the governments of Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan. It is the first regional university in Central Asia and our mission is to promote social and economic development in Central Asia, particularly its mountain societies, while helping its people to preserve and draw upon their rich cultural heritage as assets for the future. UCA is a bold endeavour. Its fully residential campuses are located in secondary towns in mountain communities and this September the first campus welcomes its inaugural class of undergraduate students in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic. The second campus will be launched in Khorog, Tajikistan in September 2017, to be followed by the campus in Tekeli, Kazakhstan with an anticipated opening date of September 2019. This is the first of four phases of development at the end of which each campus will enrol 1,200 students.
UCA is committed to becoming a student-centred world class research university offering quality degree programmes (starting with undergraduate education), and promoting sound research that contributes to international knowledge, and informs policy and practice in the Central Asian context. At the same time, it will continue to develop educational programmes that address the immediate needs of young people and adults for professional and skills development in the three Founding States, in northern Afghanistan and other neighbouring mountain societies.
UCA currently consists of: 
  • The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) - offering an undergraduate education that combines liberal arts and majors relevant to Central Asia’s current and future labour market needs.
  • The School of Professional and Continuing Education - meeting the immediate needs of the broadest spectrum of learners that has engaged since its establishment in 2006 over 88,000 learners in the three countries of Central Asia, and in Northern Afghanistan.
  • The Aga Khan Humanities Project - a partnership with over 75 higher educational institutions in Central Asia delivering inter-disciplinary courses in the humanities.
  • The Graduate School of Development - currently comprised of the Mountain Societies Research Institute (natural resource management, natural hazards, climate change, etc.) and the Institute of Public Policy and Administration (economic policy, social cohesion, etc.) that conduct research, deliver certificate level educational programmes to civil servants and other stakeholders, and inform development practice. The Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit that is part of the SAS has focused on the publication of original, seminal works in ethno-musicology. 
UCA is now seeking a highly motivated individual who wants to be part of UCA’s visionary journey. Reporting to the Director of Development, you will be part of a team developing UCA’s resource mobilisation and facilitating partnerships; mobilising resources from a multitude of donors for UCA’s education and research programmes, as well as managing grants ensuring delivery on time and with quality, in compliance with internal and external requirements.
Main Duties and Responsibilities

Resource Mobilisation 
  • Support the management and further development of strong relationships with existing funding partners to provide strong client service, assess priorities, acquire intelligence, and identify additional funding opportunities;
  • Support the identification of new funding opportunities and development and implementation of cultivation plans;
  • In close cooperation with key staff support the identification and pursuit of strategic partnerships and alliances that lead to funding opportunities at global and regional levels; and
  • Support/lead, conceptualise and act as lead writer, the development of high quality, strategic, competitive and timely proposals and project budgets and follow through until approval.
Grants Management
  • Work closely with UCA’s project teams, research institutes, Finance, and other units to ensure that programmatic, financial, and operational management of grants and contracts complies with internal and donor requirements;
  • Lead donor reporting processes by producing high quality narrative reports and ensuring their timely submission;
  • Monitor grant expenditures and progress towards programmatic targets through regular communication with project teams, research institutes and Finance;
  • Advise project teams and other relevant units on donor rules and regulations;
  • Review agreements with donors and partners; and 
  • Serve as the focal point for donors and partners on grant management issues. 
  • Guide and mentor colleagues in the Development Office;
  • Work with project teams and Communications to develop relevant communication material of high quality;
  • Provide proactive support in the planning, coordination and facilitation of donor, partner and other stakeholder visits to UCA campuses and project sites;
  • Represent UCA at external events; and
  • Other assignments as required by the Director of Development. 
Required Qualifications and Experience
  • Master’s degree or equivalent from a reputable university in a relevant field;
  • Experience (5-7 years) in international fundraising, proposal development & writing and grants management for a university, an international or leading national research institute or a development organisation;
  • Knowledge of best practices and current trends in international donor relations and fundraising, especially for research;
  • Ability to spot strategic funding and partnership opportunities and design and executive effective engagement plans;
  • Outstanding writing skills, including the ability to conceptualise research ideas, and good public speaking skills. Excellent English language writing ability is an absolute requirement;
  • Solid understanding of rules and regulations of UCA’s key donors including, but not limited to, USAID, Global Affairs Canada, IDRC, DFID, and the World Bank;
  • Good knowledge of budget development and management; and 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office. 
Competencies Desirable
  • Knowledge of the region; Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan;
  • Knowledge of Russian; and
  • Experience of living and working in a developing country in a multicultural environment.
Personal Qualities
  • Very proactive and target driven with analytical and organisational skills
  • Exceptional ability to be flexible; multi-task, prioritise and perform under pressure
  • Team-player with good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Diplomacy, negotiation, and networking skills
  • Ability to work in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to travel within the region and internationally as required 
This is an internationally recruited position with competitive pay and benefits.
Reporting Relationship
The Manager - Grants Development & Management will report to Director of Development.
How to Apply
Please send an application explaining your interest to work at UCA and your experience in relation to the position with curriculum vitae, a recent passport size photograph, names and addresses (including telephone and e-mail) of at least three referees, and date of availability to by 5 September 2016. As your application e-mail subject, please write: "Manager - Grants Development & Management".

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.