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List of current vacancies:

1 | Coordinator, Local Impact-Energy Plus Project (Tajikistan) (Deadline: 11 Aug. 2020)

2 | Lawyer / Senior Lawyer  (Deadline: 26 Aug. 2020)

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

4 | Student Life Advisor (Deadline: Position open until filled)

5 | Campus Counsellor (Deadline: Position open until filled)

Coordinator, Local Impact-Energy Plus Project (Tajikistan)

Position: Coordinator, Local Impact-Energy Plus Project
Department: School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE)
Duty station: Khorog, Tajikistan
Deadline: 11 August 2020

Reports to: Head of SPCE in Tajikistan

The School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) is one of the University of Central Asia’s three schools and leads the institution’s engagement with the broader society by offering a broad range of non-degree courses and programmes to a wide spectrum of learners. SPCE programmes meet the immediate and emerging needs of communities for skills and qualification for employment, occupational and education mobility, improvement of livelihoods through the development of entrepreneurship.

Local Impact-Energy Plus is one the many projects that SPCE is planning to implement in partnership of Aga-Khan Foundation (AKF) and other actors to invest for skills in future in the region. The strategic objective of this project is to have enhanced access to planned infrastructure and basic services especially renewable energy. The outcome that expected from SPCE is to increase affordability of renewable energy solutions for remote and the poorest communities. To achieve this, UCA's SPCE together with Pamir Energy (PE) and Badakhshan Energy (BE) will design, pilot, and deliver of certified technical trainings for electricians on electricity generation maintenance and construction of power lines for participants from Afghanistan. 

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
Local Impact- Energy Plus Project Coordinator will work under the leadership and supervision of the SPCE Head in Tajikistan, but on some respective activities will also report to SPCE Head in Afghanistan and closely work with SPCE academic and administrative staff.

The coordinator will be responsible for the project's overarching programmatic and financial management, providing oversight on design and implementation of the project's annual work plans and budgets. S/he also will be responsible for managing a learning partner, defining Terms of References (ToRs) and annually convening the Steering Committee, and overseeing the Catalyze Fund. The coordinator will be based in Khorog but will also have frequent travels to Badakhshan Afghanistan to fulfill the tasks of the position. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Major responsibilities in executing specific project activities in Afghanistan:
  • Convening meetings between UCA and BE on agreeing the plan for project activities;
  • Setting up working groups for implementing the planned project activities, agreeing the roles and terms, schedule of meetings:
  • Arrange meetings with local authorities and signing any formal protocols to smoothly implement the required activities based on the laws of Afghanistan;
  • Promote of courses through SPCE network and attract maximum number of participants;
  • Establish selection Panel of SPCE and BE staff;
  • Coordinate the selection process of course participants and ensure the admission of the most suitable candidates:
  • Arrangements of visas and logistics for travel of participants to Tajikistan;
  • Plan and carry out alumni survey among graduates and track their progress (if applicable).

Major responsibilities in executing specific project activities in Tajikistan:

  • Convene meetings between SPCE and PE on agreeing the course ToR;
  • Agree ToR for feasibility study and coordinate tender announcement for conducting feasibility study;
  • Coordinate tender announcement for course design and development of learning materials;
  • Coordinate the joint SPCE-PE development of specifications of equipment;
  • Manage the tender process for procurement of equipment and teaching resources for the programme;
  • Manage all activities related to the arrangement and establishment of a workshop for the training;
  • Together with SPCE admin manager coordinate all logistics related to travel, accommodation and catering for participants in Khorog:
  • Coordinate the development of learning materials for the training;
  • Supervise the translation and printing of learning materials for the programme;
  • Monitor the process of delivery of courses and regularly report to SPCE academic unit on the progress and shortcomings;
  • Coordinate with SPCE academic unit on conducting evaluation and exams upon completion of each module;
  • Coordinate all activities directly related to conducting the graduation ceremony.

Overall administrative and financial responsibilities/duties:

  • In close collaboration with the Office of Research and Development (ORD), other UCA units and partners, prepare the annual work plan and budget in relation to the Project design and available financing, and oversee the coordination and implementation of the activities as per the approved annual work plan and budget;
  • Actively cooperate with partners through ORD, implement of the project activities and events jointly with other organizations (schools and local providers, stakeholders and in the target countries);
  • Work with Financial Analyst of SPCE's Project Management Office (PMO) to manage projections, reporting and budgeting process.
  • Work and liaise with Financial department: project and grant reps
  • Represent and promote the Project on national and regional levels as required, maintain close continued collaboration with development partners relevant to the Project;
  • Work on and be responsible to use effectively UCAs SAP/Enterprise resource planning system to coordinate the Orders by himself from UCA account provided, based on the budget and work plan activities
  • Work and liaise with UCA Materials Management Department and Administration department as needed regarding the SAP.
Monitoring and reporting of the Project:
  • Preparation reports based on workplan and arrange circulation of reports and other Project documentation from trainers as appropriate;
  • Report to Finance department and coordinate reporting of all involved staff and trainees based on the agreed deadlines;
  • Assume the lead responsibility for the preparation and content of the Annual Project Implementation Review, with the full participation of relevant Project personnel and stakeholders;
  • Report to ORD, SPCE Director, Heads, and other related partners on any aspect of project management whenever is required;
  • Monitor publications and media sources on the activities of the Project;
  • Work and liaise with UCA Communication and publication department along with SPCEs communication and marketing staff at SPCE's PMO.

With specific reference to UCA administration and financial management:

  • Ensure the completion of the procurement process and compliance with the appropriate procurement guidelines

Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience
  • Advanced administration/organisational skills and, ability to multi-task and stay on track to meet the Local Impact- Energy Plus Project goals and objectives;
  • Excellent command of Tajik or Dari, Russian and English language, both verbal and written;
  • Strong facilitation, interpersonal, communication and presentation skills as well as the ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse team, a variety of stakeholders and the immediate and larger community;
  • Ability to gather, record and analyse data and generate reports;
  • Advance skills in finances and budgeting;
  • Operate confidently and calmly under tight timelines, unpredictable and stressful situations;
  • Expert knowledge and skills in the use of information communication technologies and Office 365;
  • Expert knowledge in electricity generation maintenance and construction of power lines as well as teaching experience would be preferred

Minimum Qualifications and Experience

  • A graduate degree in a relevant field with 3 years’ experience in project management and coordination. 
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to by August 11th 2020. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Coordinator, Local Impact-Energy Plus Project.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Lawyer / Senior Lawyer 

Position: Lawyer / Senior Lawyer 
Department: Office of Legal Affairs (OLA)
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 26 August 2020

Deadline: August 28th 2020 (Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis)
Contract period: 1 year (replacement)

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
Lawyer / Senior Lawyer will be part of the OLA team that handles all UCA legal matters in its Founding States (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan). Practice areas will include, among others, the following: contract, civil, employment, international, construction, tax and customs, property, and intellectual property law and laws affecting not-for-profit education institutions. He / she will report to the Director of Legal Affairs.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Timely draft and review contracts and other legal documents;
  • Undertake research, draft legal memoranda and provide legal analysis and recommendations on a variety of issues arising from UCA activities;
  • Review and comment upon internal policy documents, guidelines, regulations and manuals;
  • Assist with OLA’s project and initiatives (intranet, knowledge management, etc.);
  • Translate various documents from/into English and Russian;
  • Perform other related assignments, as required.

Required Qualifications and Experience
  • Specialist Diploma or Bachelor’s degree in law (LLM would be an advantage);
  • A minimum of three years of experience as a lawyer (experience with well-known law firms is desired);
  • Good researching, drafting and communication skills in English and Russian;
  • Ability to research and knowledge of Kyrgyz, Kazakh, and/or Tajik laws;
  • Good planning, organization and attention to details;
  • Strong work ethic, client confidentiality;
  • Strong computer skills, including word processing;
  • Ability to independently interact and communicate with the stakeholders;
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple priorities;
  • Strong organizational and document management skills.
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter and CV to by 26 August 2020. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Lawyer / Senior Lawyer”.

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

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 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.

Student Life Advisor

Position: Student Life Advisor
Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic and Khorog, Tajikistan (please indicate the location of interest)
Deadline: Position open until filled

Deadline: Open until filled

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

The SLA will serve as a supportive and helpful resource, providing academic, personal advice and guidance to students. UCA will have three SLAs per campus and each will be responsible for the design and implementation of various programmatic that can be but are not limited to the following: (1) Athletics, Wellness, and Recreational Programmes; (2) Student Clubs and Student Leadership Programmes, and (3) Community Service Programs (4) Special Events. All SLAs will support Residence Life, live in the dormitories, and 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. Student Life Advisors will be required to live in the dormitories of the UCA campus. 

Main Responsibilities Include:
  • 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. sports teams, fitness programs, outdoor activities etc.), student clubs (e.g. Debate Club, Model United Nations, Theater Club, Research Club etc.), student leadership (e.g. Student Association), diversity and inclusion activities, community service, and academic support (e.g. tutoring) 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 university-wide events, floor events, training and guidance to student groups, event planning, fiscal management, procurement etc.;
  • In some instances, support academic programmes; 
  • Create diversity and inclusion programming that could include workshops or events and encourage a daily practice of tolerance and understanding;
  • Help establish a campus community to create an ethically sound student body.
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, Student Code of Conduct, and the university overall; 
  • Hold residents accountable for their behavior; 
  • Perform as a mediator in conflicts among residents and staff. 
Facilities, Amenities and Administrative Tasks:
  • Keeping track of student residents;
  • Document policy violations, create reports, survey analysis;
  • Report maintenance and facility concerns, conduct health and safety inspections, and some dormitory walk throughs;
  • Procure items for students and handle logistics queries.
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 behaviors 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;
  • At times required to work evenings and weekends to monitor student programming or events.
Wellness and Academic Support:
  • Build one-on-one relationships with students with the goal of helping them develop as well-rounded individuals; 
  • Provide support related to study skills, time management, reasoning, etc.
Minimum Qualifications and Relevant Experience 
  • Bachelor’s Degree is required;
  • At least two years’ experience tutoring or working with 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 for students: Athletics Programmes, Student Clubs and/or Student Leadership Programmes, Academic Support Programmes, Residential Life
  • Event planning and logistics experience is an asset;
  • Demonstrates sensitivity to and interest in people, neutrality, respect for dignity and open-mindedness on issues; 
  • At least two years of on campus living at a college or university is an asset;
  • Have one to three years of experience working with students, in student services 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 student life facilitate the educational and personal development; committed to a flexible work environment
Desired Skills and Qualifications 
  • Demonstrates initiative and is a self-starter;
  • 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; 
  • Can work in a flexible work environment.
  • Advanced English (written and spoken) is required; 
  • Fluency in Russian is required; 
  • Knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik, Shugni 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 on campus in the dormitories and must be available to be on-call. 

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to AKDN Career Centre

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Campus Counsellor

Position: Campus Counsellor
Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: Position open until filled

Reports to: Manager of Student Affairs
Deadline: Open until filled

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The University of Central Asia is seeking a full-time 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. The successful candidate is primarily responsible for the provision of guidance and counselling services to students who are seeking solutions to personal concerns, but the Counsellor will also provide career and academic services to students. He or she will address the full spectrum of student issues at an individual and group level.  The Counsellor will work with the Career and Co-operative Education centre to provide career advice to students and work intimately with the primary health care professionals to respond to campus health care needs as one seamless, overall service. The Counsellor will address students’ developmental and personal problems, mental health problems and crises. 

Counselling Services directly support the mission of the University of Central Asia by engaging in activities that facilitate the student learning experience and increase student engagement and success.  The Counsellor will also assist with residence life, student orientations and other activities that enhance well-being; deliver student support courses such as life skills, career exploration, school life balance 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, faculty and their families. 
Additional Responsibilities Include:
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 campus crises;
  • Offer personal counselling to students adjusting to post-secondary studies and living away from home. 
Faculty and Staff 
  • Provide confidential consultations to staff/faculty and their families on an individual basis regarding matters both personal and professional i.e. stress and mental health problems;
  • Offer a variety of educational and training workshops for faculty and their families;
  • Work closely with other student services areas (e.g. security, nurse, residence advisors) to ensure a holistic and seamless approach.
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;
  • An ability to establish a cooperative work environment and create strong collaborative relationships;
  • Proven ability to engage students, staff and faculty in developing a healthy campus culture that supports 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.
  • Advanced English is required, Russian fluency is strongly preferred; 
  • Working knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik, and Kazakh would be an asset.
  • Reports to the Manager of Student Affairs, works closely with the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the 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 AKDN Career Centre

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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