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List of current vacancies:

1 | Full-time English Language Instructor (Deadline: 01 March 2021)

2 | Registrar Intern (Deadline: 02 March 2021)

3 | Intern in Procurement and Materials Management (Deadline: 10 March 2021)

4 | Executive Assistant to the Rector (Maternity leave replacement) (Deadline: 12 March 2021)

5 | Communications Manager (Deadline: 26 March 2021)

6 | Chief Information Officer (Deadline: 26 March 2021)

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

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


Full-time English Language Instructor

Position: Full-time English Language Instructor
Department: School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE)
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 01 March 2021

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
A person with higher professional education in the field of the English language with at least 5 years of teaching experience is appointed to the position of full-time English as a second language (ESL) instructor.

The ESL Instructor is an employee of the representative office of SPCE, UCA in Bishkek is directly subordinate to the Manager of Learning Centre, and works closely with other employees of SPCE, UCA.

Main Duties and Responsibilities 
Functional responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 
  • Weekly workload (contact/classroom hours) –20-24 class hours per week;
  • Annual workload – at least 720 hours per year;
  • Extracurricular workload (office hours) – 16-20 hours per week, including collaborative work with other teachers, professional developments and paperwork.
I. Teaching Workload 
  • Teaching assigned English language programmes: 
  • Bearing full responsibility for the quality of teaching modules of the programme/ courses (lessons oriented on the student using interactive teaching methods and modern teaching approaches/aids);
  • Carrying out the development of new training courses and programmes based on the needs of the region; monitoring and supporting other ESL instructors.
II. Extracurricular workload 
  • Together with the Manager of Academic Affairs, carry out planning, organization of educational and methodical work;
  • Ensure timely preparation of established scheduling documentation together with ESL instructors. To control the filling of documentation in accordance with the document flow approved by the Head of the SPCE Representative Office.
  • Monitor the assigned programmes, i.e. English for Academic Purposes, Academic Achievements programme, and Conversational English.
  • Conduct testing of candidates for enrollment in English programmes in order to determine their level and assist with forming of the groups;
  • Take all necessary fire safety measures to ensure safety in classrooms and instructor rooms. Responsible for complying with safety regulations for students in the classroom.
  • Monitoring and maintaining the equipment of the fixed cabinet;
  • Responsible for the timely generation of applications for the acquisition of educational literature for English language programmes;
  • Ensuring timely preparation of established reporting documentation by teachers (individual plan, statements, exam results):
  • Coordination of communication with graduates of programmes / English courses; Initiation and implementation of proposals to improve class planning, the development of curricula, training resources and evaluation of programmes and English courses;
  • Identification of potential directions for new modules, short-term and corporate courses, participation in the development of the concept and programme plans for them. All developed materials are sent to the PMO for approval; 
  • Liaising with English instructors at other SPCE offices in order to exchange experiences, best practices and identify problems and identify solutions in the field of English programmes (participation in monthly zoom/skype sessions);
  • Initiation and implementation of activities to promote programmes / English language courses and other programmes of SPCE, including the development of mock-ups of promotional products, the distribution of information materials, presentations for target groups, counseling students and incentives to participate in courses and programmes;
  • Ensuring high attendance of students in their classes by timely responding to the needs of students and liaising with students who were absent from classes;
  • Establishing educational / professional goals, consultations for all assigned students;
  • Conducting and planning regular training and studying modern methodologies and trends;
  • Implementation of feedback with students, monitoring information on the movement and progress of graduates; contact with the SPCE Student Association and other organizations;
  • Participating in the recruitment process.
III. Methodical workload 
  • Active development of new additional lecture materials and tests for all programmes. Developed materials should be emailed to the Central Administration Office for analysis and dissemination to other campuses; after the end of each course (programme), the adapted used materials are to be sent by e-mail to the Central Administrative Office.
  • Initiation and implementation of proposals to improve lesson planning, training resources and evaluation of programmes and English courses.
IV. Marketing Activity 
  • Identification of potential directions for new modules, short-term and corporate courses, participation in the development of the concept and programme plans for them; proposals are sent to the Manager of Academic Affairs, who after evaluation and revision, sends them to the CAO;
  • Initiation and implementation of activities to promote programmes / English language courses and other programmes of SPCE, including the development of mock-ups of promotional products, the distribution of information materials, presentations for target groups, counseling students and incentives to participate in courses and programmes;
  • Defining the educational / professional goals, consultations for all assigned students;
  • Implementation of feedback with students, monitoring information on the movement and progress of graduates; contact with the SPCE Student Association and other organizations.
V. Instructor Performance Indicators 
  • Academic workload of 640 hours of teaching per academic year 2020-2021;
  • Students evaluation grade is not lower than 80%;
  • The average testing score of the group is not lower than 75%;
  • Assessment by the Manager of Academic Affairs not lower than 4.0;
  • To organize and conduct English clubs at least 7 per year;
  • To conduct at least 3 advertising campaigns;
  • To conduct at least 3 events;
  • To verify of at least 50 placement tests;
  • To verify of at least 100 exams;
  • To conduct Cambridge Assessment English exams when necessary;
  • To observe at least 12 classes.
  • Required Qualifications and Experience 
  • University Degree in teaching English;
  • A minimum of 5 years of teaching experience with different ages;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English (TKT, CAE, IELTS, TOEFL certificates required);
  • Communication Skills: the Instructor must be able to speak clearly to students, other teachers, parents and administration officials.
  • Instruction Skills: the Instructor will have to explain unfamiliar concepts with authority and concisely so that students can understand. 
  • Writing Skills: writing skills are critical.
  • Creativity: teachers must find ways to involve students into their lessons. Additionally, teachers must work with different learning styles to get the most out of each student.
  • Curriculum/Learning material developing skills: 
  • IT skills
  • Citizens of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan residing in Kyrgyzstan are encouraged to apply for the position.
 
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 1 March 2021. Applications will be reviewed when received. Early applications are strongly encouraged. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Full-time English Language Instructor”.
  
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Registrar Intern

Position: Registrar Intern
Department: Office of Registrar
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 02 March 2021

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The Office of the Registrar is seeking dynamic and proactive intern to assist the successful running of the office. Duties and responsibilities will include assisting in processes such student recruitment and admissions, working with non-confidential academic records and data reporting.  

Main Duties and Responsibilities  
  • Recruitment and Admissions
  • Assist in archiving student applications.
  • Assist in producing non-confidential reports for the Office of the Registrar.
  • Any other relevant assignments from the Head of Student Recruitment.

Registrarial functions
  • Compile information and complete records for Education Management Information System of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic.
  • Create newsletters and mailing information for potential applicants to UCA.
  • Any other relevant assignments from the Assistant Registrar.

External Relations
  • Support in preparing and submitting required non-confidential documents and reports to the Ministries of Education of the Founding States. 
Required Qualifications and Experience 
  • Undergraduate student 
  • Ability and experience in analysing statistical data, statistical reporting and data mining.
  • Administrative and organizational skills.
  • Proficient user of computer.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to work independently and being able to make an inquiry when needed.
  • Fluency in both written and oral English and Russian is required.
  • Working knowledge of Kyrgyz would be an asset.

Candidates from the founding countries of UCA: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan are encouraged to apply for the position.
 
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 02 March, 2021. Applications will be reviewed when received. Early applications are strongly encouraged. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Registrar Intern”.
  
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Intern in Procurement and Materials Management

Position: Intern in Procurement and Materials Management
Department: Materials Management Department (MMD)
Duty station: Khorog, Tajikistan
Deadline: 10 March 2021

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Materials Management Manager in collaboration with the relevant staff of the UCA departments and units, the Procurement Intern shall support all aspects of procurement and materials management activities within UCA Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan including planning, order placement, vendor selection, purchase and delivery, inventory control, material handling and logistics, in compliance with specifications established by UCA and by relevant regulations.

Main Duties and Responsibilities 
  • Handle procurement requests within Khorog city
  • To participate to the finalizing of the statement of requirements.
  • Preparation of bidder lists.
  • Review orders and create requisitions for purchased items, manage approval process
  • Transmit and prioritize approved purchase orders and supporting documents to supplier
  • Contact suppliers to schedule or expedite deliveries and to resolve shortages, missed or late deliveries, and other problems
  • Prepare, maintain, and review purchasing files, reports and price lists
  • Track the status of requisitions, contracts, and orders
  • Prepare Release of Payments along with supportive documents
  • Follow-up payment execution process
  • Substitute MMD colleagues while they are on leave.

Required Qualifications and Experience
  • Intermediate command of written and spoken English is a requirement.
  • Proficiency in Russian and Tajik is added value.
  • Advanced level in Excel spreadsheets and other Microsoft programs
  • Honest and trustworthy; strong work ethic and diligent performer; 
  • Ability to work under stress, 
  • Good team player, being able to feel, appreciate and use the drive of the team is a must;
  • Proven ability to solve problems, in the context of conflicting or absent regulations 
  • Action and results-orientated; fast-learning
  • ability to work cooperatively across an organization with many levels of staff and leadership; sensitivity to various organizational interests; diplomacy;
  • Attention to detail; accuracy in reporting and operations
  • Self-confidence; resourcefulness. 
  • sense of humor while creatively and effectively functioning in a work atmosphere of continuously shifting sands and numerous equally important deadlines

Languages:
  • Advanced proficiency in spoken and written English and Russian.
  • Knowledge of other Central Asian languages (Kyrgyz, Tajik, Kazakh) would be a bonus.
Candidates from the founding countries of UCA: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan are encouraged to apply for the position.
 
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references to tj.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by March 10th, 2021. Applications will be reviewed when received. Early applications are strongly encouraged. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Intern in Procurement and Materials Management”.
  
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Executive Assistant to the Rector (Maternity leave replacement)

Position: Executive Assistant to the Rector (Maternity leave replacement)
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 12 March 2021

The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000 as a private, not for profit, secular university through an International Treaty signed by the Presidents of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan; ratified by their respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations. The Presidents are the Patrons of the University and His Highness is the Chancellor. UCA’s mission is to promote the social and economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain communities, by offering an internationally recognized standard of higher education, and enabling the peoples of the region to preserve their rich cultural heritage as assets for the future. UCA brings with it the broader commitment and partnership of the Aga Khan Development Network. 

UCA consists of three schools including the Undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Development (Institute of Public Policy and Administration, Mountain Societies Research Institute, Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit), and the School of Professional and Continuing Education. UCA also includes the Central Asian Faculty Development Programme, and the Aga Khan Humanities Project. UCA’s undergraduate programmes are located at its residential campuses in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan, and Khorog, Tajikistan. The Tekeli campus in Kazakhstan is in the planning stage.

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The Executive Assistant provides confidential, professional and knowledgeable service for the Rector to support the effective running of the Rector’s Office. The Executive Assistant understands key management strategies to provide information, advice and/or information as necessary as well as performs a variety of administrative and support tasks which may be highly confidential and sensitive.

Main Duties and Responsibilities 
  1. Provides administrative and technical assistance on a wide range of special projects as assigned by the Rector.
  2. Receives and screens incoming calls and visitors, determines which are priority matters and alerts the Rector accordingly.
  3. Makes referrals to appropriate UCA office staff or provides requested information.
  4. Functions as a gatekeeper to ensure prioritization of the Rector’s time by managing the Rector’s task list and follows up on activities to assure timely completion of projects.
  5. Coordinates and facilitates the Rector’s calendar to arrange appointments, meetings and conferences.
  6. Makes domestic and foreign travel arrangements, prepares itineraries and compiles travel vouchers, and maintains relevant travel records.
  7. Makes high-level contacts of a sensitive nature regarding routine & non-routine issues internally and externally requiring a high degree of discretion and diplomacy and time sensitivity.
  8. Develops and manages a database of contacts, initiatives and assignments. Records minutes or notes of meetings as required.
  9. Reviews, proof reads, edits and translates documents as required.
  10. Establishes and maintains various filing and records management systems.
  11. The person will coordinate with Executive Assistant to the Rector (whom he/she will replace during maternity leave) on all important matters in this temporary position.
Required Qualifications and Experience 
  • An undergraduate degree from a recognized institution in a related area.
  • Experience in a similar role will be an advantage.
  • Excellent management skills, strong attention to detail, and ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes. 
  • High quality customer service orientation. 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to use and maintain high-level discretion and confidentiality.
  • Ability to work with sensitivity in various cultural contexts.
  • Advanced technical and computer skills to support administrative functions including MS Office Suite with an emphasis on PowerPoint, Excel and database skills, electronic calendar management, as well as various videoconferencing and email applications. 
Languages:
  • Proficient/native-like knowledge of English.
  • Russian is a requirement. Kyrgyz, Tajik or Kazakh is an asset. 
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 12th March 2021.
As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Executive Assistant to the Rector”. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Communications Manager

Position: Communications Manager
Department: Graduate School of Development (GSD)
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Deadline: 26 March 2021

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The University of Central Asia seeks to fill a full-time position of Communications Manager at the Graduate School of School of Development. GSD is the home for multidisciplinary research on Central Asia’s social, economic and cultural development, and is comprised of five entities, each of which has achieved a significant presence in the Central Asian knowledge landscape. With over 150 easily accessible publications on its website, GSD is a singular storehouse of information. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities  
  • Develop, write and distribute communications materials reporting on GSD research projects, publications and programmes.
  • Work with a broad range of media (tradition, social and new media) to place GSD content.
  • Document key GSD projects through photo and video for broader communication.
  • Work closely with the Department of Advancement and Public Affairs to coordinate timing of publicity and content to UCA’s internal and external stakeholders.
  • Any other assignments given by the Dean of GSD.
Required Qualifications and Experience  
  • Bachelor’s degree (Masters preferred) in communication, journalism, public relations, or related field or equivalent education and experience. 
  • Excellent written and verbal skills. 
  • Experience in working with traditional, social and new media. 
  • Ability to translate research information into engaging and motivating communications materials. 
  • Knowledge of media trends and analytics. 
Languages: 
  • Advanced proficiency in spoken and written English and Russian.
  • Knowledge of other Central Asian languages (Kyrgyz, Tajik, Kazakh) would be a bonus.
Candidates from the founding countries of UCA: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan are encouraged to apply for the position.

How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter, CV and contact information of three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by March 26, 2021. Applications will be reviewed when received. Early applications are strongly encouraged. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Research Communications Manager”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Chief Information Officer

Position: Chief Information Officer
Department: Information Technology
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 26 March 2021

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The Chief Information Officer (CIO) will be responsible for overall management of all IT and Telecom services at UCA locations worldwide. S/He will be responsible for aligning all information management resources/systems with the University’s strategy and academic plan. The CIO will also be responsible for designing, implementing, and managing the IT infrastructure, IT security and applications. The position is responsible to drive the IT strategy and accountable for the IT budget, policies, and procedures, and to ensure improved IT and Telecom facilities to UCA users.

Main Duties and Responsibilities   
  • Manage day-to-day operations of all IT systems and infrastructure for all UCA locations.
  • Ensure integration of IT systems and software to enhance the effectiveness of University programs and operations. 
  • Lead the design and implementation of key software support systems including campus solutions, library management, course management solutions etc.
  • Lead the enhancement and optimization of the SAP ERP system
  • Implement UCA’s strategy on enhancing collaboration with partner institutions and organizations to conduct joint events and conferences in the technology area.
  • Plan the implementation of new systems and provide guidance to the IT teams and other stakeholders within the institution to ensure maximum return on investment.
  • Work with the Aga Khan University (AKU) team within the framework of the AKU-UCA partnership for IT.
  • Develop IT policies and procedures including IT security, backup, and disaster recovery.
  • Prepare IT budgets, resource requirements and operational plans for annual and special projects.
  • Develop and implement programs to enhance IT skills among University faculty, staff and students.
  • Recruit, train and mentor IT staff for UCA.
  • Negotiate contracts with vendors and service providers for installing and maintaining infrastructure and applications in accordance with UCA procurement policies and guidelines.
  • Review and update the University’s IT strategy as a single entity with campuses across multiple locations.
  • Collaborate closely with UCA’s communications team regarding UCA’s online presence and provide technology support / advice as required.
  • Support the leadership of the University schools in driving technology partnerships with other institutions within the AKDN as well as other organizations within Central Asia and abroad.
  • Support the Campus construction team on technology planning for the expansion of the University.

Required Qualifications and Experience   
  • Master’s Degree in Computer Sciences / Information Technology or related discipline.
  • Over 10 years related work experience.
  • Experience working with multiple technology platforms, including Microsoft Systems (Office 365), Linux/Open Source, and others.
  • Experience working with ERP systems (SAP S/4 HANA experience is desirable)
  • Advanced proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Visible leader who is entrepreneurial in spirit with the ability to engage others.
  • Excellent understanding of technology and demonstrated IT leadership.
  • Self-starter with a strong sense of urgency, decision-making and drive for success/results.
  • Ability to think strategically and analyze information to service the needs of UCA 
  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills for regular discussions and interaction with colleagues and external partners.
  • Good team player with the ability to build effective working relationships with colleagues.
  • A strong interest in Education and development issues.
  • Adaptability and willingness to learn quickly.
  • Ability to train others and share knowledge on projects.
  • Good communication and presentation skills.

The position will be based in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic and would require regional travel.
A competitive remuneration package to attract best candidate would be provided.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV and contact information of three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 26 March 2021. Kindly write “Chief Information Officer” as your application e-mail’s subject. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Dean of Graduate School of Development

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

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

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

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

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

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 


Manager of Advancement for Kazakhstan

Position: Manager of Advancement for Kazakhstan
Department: Advancement and Public Affairs
Duty station: Almaty, Kazakhstan
Deadline: Position open until filled

Deadline: Position open until filled

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The incumbent will be responsible for the planning and implementation of UCA’s development strategies related to fund raising in Central Asia, and Kazakhstan in particular. He/she will identify and work with high net worth individuals, corporations, and international partners, to address the growing operational and capital needs of the University. One of the key roles of the Manager is to encourage senior staff and faculty in developing attractive gift opportunities and fundraising proposals to garner support for capital investments, on-going academic programmes, new initiatives, annual giving, and alumni contributions.

The Manager will assist the Director of Advancement and Public Affairs (APA) in overseeing the University’s fundraising campaigns and annual giving drives; develop and administer donor recognition policies; establish on-going dialogue and communication with existing and potential donors; and effectively track fundraising pledges, collections, and acknowledgement of gifts.

In addition to responsibilities related to resource mobilization, this position requires the incumbent to have an in-depth understanding of communication and marketing techniques to effectively create awareness and cultivate a broad range of potential donors.

Main Duties and Responsibilities  
  • Assist the Director of APA in developing and achieving fundraising goals, strategies, plans and objectives for potential donors in Central Asia.
  • Identify prospects and develop strategies to cultivate and solicit major gifts from corporations, and high net worth individuals in Kazakhstan.
  • Prepare fundraising proposals and gift opportunities for solicitating donations from existing as well as new prospects.
  • Identify and analyse information pertinent to the development of relationships with potential individual donors and corporations.
  • Prepare and present fund raising status reports to University officials.
  • Develop and administer recognition policies, and establish on-going dialogue and communication with existing and potential donors.
  • Visit donors, donor organisations, and foundations throughout Kazakhstan to raise awareness of the University’s programmes, new initiatives, and achievements, with the objective of soliciting gifts. 
  • Supervise and implement an effective programme of communication and stewardship for all donors and prospects.
  • Organise events on campus and elsewhere to showcase key programmes and achievements of UCA, with the objective of creating awareness and seeking donor support.
  • Plan and manage various campaigns and annual giving drives to achieve established fund raising targets and goals.
  • Recruit, train, and oversee volunteers in various donor geographies, to ensure they become effective in donor research, cultivation, solicitation (where appropriate), and follow up.
  • Establish systems for the effective tracking of fundraising drives, pledges, collections, acknowledgement of gifts, and timely collection of pledges.
  • Cultivate relationships with Central Asian and international media to give UCA greater regional and global exposure.
  • Provide strategic guidance to all entities and officers of the University on communications and marketing, media engagement, and donor event planning and management.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of APA.
Required Qualifications and Experience 
  • Master’s degree, preferably in business, marketing, public relations, fundraising, government, or other germane fields. Relevant experience in lieu of a Master’s degree may be considered in exceptional cases.
  • At least ten years of experience in the corporate, business, or marketing profession. Previous fundraising experience is desirable.
  • The ability to motivate volunteers to engage with potential donors, and ensure effective follow up.
  • Maturity and ability to work with senior persons including UCA’s management team. 
  • Ability and stamina to travel regionally and internationally.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Fundraising and communications for an innovative institution like UCA requires the ability to think creatively, and a strong commitment to the mission and objectives of the University.
  • Demonstrated record of establishing relationships and rapport with the media.
  • Fluency in English, Kazakh, and Russian. Ability to speak in Kyrgyz and Tajik, an asset.
Reporting Relationship and Location
The position reports to the Director of Advancement and Public Affairs of UCA and will be based in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org. Applications will be reviewed when received, and the position is open until filled. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “KZ Manager of Advancement”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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