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List of current vacancies:

1 | Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Programs Trainer (Re-announcement) (Deadline: 10 May 2021)

2 | Administrative Intern (Deadline: 12 May 2021)

3 | Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/ Assistant Professor/ Associate Professor of Mathematics (Deadline: 20 May 2021)

4 | Dean of Graduate School of Development (Deadline: 30 May 2021)

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

6 | IT Intern (re-announcement) (Deadline: Position open until filled)


Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Programs Trainer (Re-announcement)

Position: Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Programs Trainer (Re-announcement)
Department: Centre for Entrepreneurship (NCE), School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE)
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 10 May 2021

Project Background
The UCA is developing and launching the dedicated Naryn Centre for Entrepreneurship (NCE). The Centre is to create a holistic facility for the provision of intense entrepreneurship and business development trainings, business incubation and mentoring programs. The Centre aims to create a sustainable pipeline of new SMEs that have the potential for future growth. The Centre is being established based on the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE).
The Centre will serve local communities, and particularly youth, in line with UCA’s mission to support regional economic development job creation – particularly in remote mountainous areas. 
While the overall objective of the Centre is to strengthen the MSME pipeline by providing a comprehensive offering of space, infrastructure, intellectual resources, access to a network of investors, and high-quality mentorship and training to young entrepreneurs, the key challenges are # of business startups successfully taken to the market, # of jobs created, and $ sales revenue generated by entrepreneurs and businesses incubated upon and during Entrepreneurship and Incubation Programs.
 
Position Objective:
We are currently looking for a fixed-term Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Programs Trainer with a full day engagement. The main objective of this position is to develop and deliver high-quality Entrepreneurship training Program, Business Incubation Program, and Pre-Incubation Program to local students/entrepreneurs by adopting and contextualizing best-practices, knowhow, formats, and methodology existing elsewhere in the world into the business environment of the Kyrgyz Republic and Central Asian region. Henceforth the goal is to create a startup ecosystem for business development and a network of startups with a focus on internationalizing, digitalizing and much-needed job creating. 
As a highly qualified business trainer, you will benefit from an extensive training on entrepreneurship and business development/incubation delivered by a world-class international trainer. You will then jointly develop and solely deliver a rigorous training on two practical Programs in Entrepreneurship and Business Incubations to young entrepreneurs ensuring their go-to-market success. 
The entrepreneurship and business incubation trainer will work closely with entrepreneurs at different stages as they create, validate, and optimize their product, build value-based sales and generate profits. 
 
Your Deliverables: 
  • Develop Expert Entrepreneurship Training Program, Business Incubation Program, and Business Pre-Incubation Program for entrepreneurs in collab. with entrepreneurs, trainers, and UCA Team;
  • Deliver the developed Entrepreneurship Training Program, Business Pre-Incubation; Program, and Business Incubation Program to entrepreneurs:
  • Trainer will go deep planning and writing up concrete recipes on how to achieve KPIs for startups and after careful consideration, planning, and analysis together with participants; 
  • The successful incubation rate is not lower than 80% (min 10 incubations per year);
  • Participants’ evaluation grade satisfied with programs not lower than 80%.

Your Responsibilities:
  • Benefiting from expert Training of Trainers (TOT) conducted by international business trainer;
  • Develop and conduct Entrepreneurship Training Program – (incl. concept, tailored practical methods and exercises, relevant curriculum and teaching materials, modules, activities and other);
  • Developing and conducting Business Pre- and Incubation Programs for entrepreneurs; 
  • Helping entrepreneurs to establish their business ideas, gauge market demand, build value/based sales and marketing strategy, and sustainable business models; 
  • Planning, market analysis, and writing up concrete recipes on how to achieve KPIs for startups; 
  • Helping entrepreneurs to quickly and efficiently test hypotheses, find points of multiple growths, formulate and test business values; help implement values in marketing, delivery, and production;
  • Leading and guiding other trainers and entrepreneurs, consulting and assisting;
  • Jointly creating, validating, optimizing, tracking, and mentoring entrepreneurs’ progress from product creation to first profit generation during the first two cycles of mentees operations; 
  • Overseeing development of entrepreneurs, their strategical plan of incubated ideas, financial plans and financial forecasts, monitoring and mentoring their projects;
  • Ensuring that trainings planned and delivered in a highly participative, interactive manner and are responsive to the request and suggestions of the participants; 
  • Consulting and supporting the UCA/SPCE/NCE leadership Team and business units;
  • Study tours / masterclasses, exchanging best practice experience in the relevant fields;
  • Drafting workplans, budgets, TORs of programs/trainings, reports, and other docs as requested; 
  • Showcasing and testing the developed business incubation program;
  • Guiding business ideas from idea to prototype to market launch and profit;
  • Providing business incubation, acceleration, and mentoring services to startups and entrepreneurs;
  • Promoting and integrating the NCE UCA brand into all activity, aligned to customer experience.

Required Qualification and Experience:
  • Relevant experience of at least 5 years in the positions of product manager, business consultant, teaching, mentoring or relevant in sales/marketing, business development and entrepreneurship; 
  • Good understanding of the existing regional business principals, strategies, and legislation of Custom Development, HADI, unit economics, the mechanics of working with a sales funnel;
  • Experience in developing new products within the company / developing a startup from scratch;
  • Experience with accelerators and incubators, mentoring and helping take startups to fruition;
  • International certifications confirming pedagogical skills will be an asset; 
  • Any experience in conducting trainings and workshops will be an asset;
  • High level of social competences: excellent intercultural, interpersonal communication (inter-personal skills), teamwork and ability to transfer knowledge to participants; 
  • Flexibility, client-oriented approach, and ability to adjust to change circumstances and needs;
  • Enthusiastic, well organized, structured, thorough, and independent work style;
  • Strong, empathetic team player, fluent in English, Kyrgyz and Russian.

Mission assignment approximate period of up to 5 (five) months: 
  • Benefit from Trainings on Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Programs conducted by international business trainer: up to 1 (one) month (unpaid);
  • Develop and conduct Entrepreneurship Program 1 (one) month and Business Incubation Program 3 (three) months for participants, i.e., entrepreneurs;
  • Based on the selection of trainer, work schedules will be discussed and established separately. 

Confidentiality
All information, files, documents, and reports will be treated in strict confidence and become the property of the UCA project at the completion of the contract.

How to Apply:
Please send us (1) an up-to-date resume; (2) Statement of interest; (3) Sample of work with training methodology and work plan (4) at least three professional references to kg.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 10 May 2021. Please use: “Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Programs Trainer (Re-announcement)” as the subject header and indicate how you heard about us.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Administrative Intern

Position: Administrative Intern
Department: Administration
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 12 May 2021

Duration: 9 months

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Administrative Manager, the Administrative Intern provides travel services ensuring high quality and accuracy of work. The Administrative Intern works in close collaboration with staff and visitors to the UCA and ensures consistent service delivery.

Main Duties and Responsibilities 
  • Providing assistance and support to the Administration department.
  • Providing logistics of seminars and other events at UCA
  • Order and procure stationery and office supplies, keep in the stock, and provide to staff upon request. Make a stock report.
  • Travel and logistic arrangements for UCA staff and guests
  • Do inventory of all UCA properties.
  • Assist Office Coordinator in organizing different events.
  • Assist with SAP upload documents. 
  • Serve as backup to the Administrative Office.
  • Replace Admin staff when needed.
  • Other tasks relevant to the core responsibilities and duties of this position, as assigned by the supervisor.

Required Qualifications and Experience 
  • At least a bachelor’s or an equivalent degree in economics or administration related subject is imperative.
  • 1-2 years of working knowledge and experience in the same domain.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment, set priorities, and work independently and in a team environment.
  • Fluency to speak English, Russian, and Kyrgyz is required;
  • Working knowledge of MS Office programmes, Internet and E-mail.
  • Punctuality, Responsibility, Flexibility.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 12 May 2021. Applications will be reviewed when received. Early applications are strongly encouraged. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Administrative Intern”.
 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/ Assistant Professor/ Associate Professor of Mathematics

Position: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/ Assistant Professor/ Associate Professor of Mathematics
Department: Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MANS), School of Arts and Sciences
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyzstan and possibility of moving across campuses in future
Deadline: 20 May 2021

Background 
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 recognised 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. For more information: www.ucentralasia.org. 

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities:
The University of Central Asia is seeking a Mathematics Faculty Member to have an active involvement in the development, planning, preparation, and undertaking of all academic upgrading initiatives related to Mathematics instruction within the duration of their contract. This individual is expected to teach two courses each semester from two/three cohorts of 20-30 international students by engaging students in problem-solving and concrete examples and applications to abstract ideas. The Mathematics Faculty Member's position supposes to ensure students are prepared for mathematics rigors and their application across other disciplines.  

Overall Programme Outcomes for Mathematics: 
  • The Mathematics Faculty Member will teach a series of Mathematics courses preferably Calculus-II, Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics and Statistics. 
  • The students should achieve the following learning outcomes: 
  • Apply mathematical reasoning skills to identify the scope of complex mathematical problems;
  • Develop logical skills in writing program across computer science courses; 
  • Select mathematical techniques and methods required to solve discrete mathematics problems;
  • Use computational strategies related to Graph Theory, Combinatorics, Probability and advanced Statistics;
  • Justify solutions through mathematical arguments that integrate multiple concepts;
  • Use a variety of ways to represent and communicate the processes used and solutions to discrete mathematics problems;
  • Use computational strategies related to Limits, Continuity, Derivatives, Integrals, and Vectors to explore mathematical concepts;
  • Express statement and problems using precise mathematical language in new and familiar domains;
  • Create   a mathematical proof or disproof of a given statement choosing methods from different proof techniques;
  • Use modular arithmetic and congruences relations in cryptography;
  • Evaluate the correctness and complexity of the algorithms and use counting principles in computation;
  • Solve differential equations and application in physics and engineering.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • A Master’s Degree from a globally recognized university in Mathematics or a related discipline where the individual had the opportunity to use advanced statistical methodologies (R-programming) would be ideal; 
  • Teaching Certification from a globally recognized university;
  • Experience (5+ years) in teaching Mathematics in community college and/or university students;
  • Native-like English;
  • Experience in teaching Mathematics in English medium (3-4 years).

Desirable Attributes:
  • A Ph.D. from an internationally recognised university would be an asset;
  • Experience teaching Calculus, Discrete Mathematics and Advanced Statistics;
  • Experience in R-programing and other statistical tools;
  • Experience with Mathematics curriculum development;
  • Experience in developing and delivering training modules to other teachers, tutors, mentors, etc.;
  • Experience managing student projects;
  • Professional familiarity with Central Asian secondary and post-secondary education landscape would be an asset;
  • Advanced Russian and some knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik or Kazakh would be an asset.
  
Rank of the Mathematics (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/ Assistant Prof./ Associate Prof. /Prof.) will be based on the candidate’s prior experience and record. For the Rank of Associate Prof. and higher will be further evaluated by other University Promotion Committees and BOT approval will be needed.  
 
Relationships 
The Math Faculty Member will:  
  • Report to the Chair of Department of Mathematics and Natural Science;
  • You should be prepared to relocate by August 2021 for acculturation and to prepare for teaching starting in September academic year.

Salary and Package
Commensurate with qualification and experience to attract the best candidate. 

The job description is subject to change. 
 
How to Apply
To apply please send us (1) an up-to-date resume; (2) a sample of any published work; (3) two references (one to attest to your teaching experience, and another to your research experience) and (4) teaching evaluations from the last three years of employment (if available) to kg.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 20 May 2021. Please use: “Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/ Assistant Professor/ Associate Professor of Mathematics” as the subject header and indicate how you heard about us.

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: 30 May 2021

UCA Background
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 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 expected to start classes in 2021/2022. UCA brings with it the broader commitment and partnership of the Aga Khan Development Network. For more information: www.ucentralasia.org.

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 ksenia.frolova@society-search.com. Regular deadline for application is 30 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.


IT Intern (re-announcement)

Position: IT Intern (re-announcement)
Department: Information Technologies (IT)
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: Position open until filled

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
Reporting to the IT Officer, the IT Intern performs a variety of moderately multifaceted IT support duties to ensure smooth delivery of technology services. Maintains, tests, and repairs systems. Monitors, operates, or coordinates and assists others in the operation of computer hardware, software, and peripherals to achieve desired results. Utilizes computer equipment, software, and diagnostic tools to perform a broad range of assistance, production job processing, equipment maintenance and repair and computer operations assignments besides resolving routine technical problems.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • The main duties and responsibilities of the IT Intern is to:
  • Set up and maintain computer, communication, and audio-visual equipment
  • Assist faculty and staff with multimedia systems
  • Ensure that all equipment is in good running condition and make sure they are maintained properly and wherever required are repaired including the IT Labs
  • Plan routine check-up and maintenance of all equipment and accessories. Analyze equipment performance records to determine the need for repair or replacement
  • Keep a log of day-to-day problems and resolution with the hardware and software
  • Give any kind of basic IT training/ orientation of IT equipment for the staff if required
  • Perform on-site and remote technical support for staff when required. Respond to the request of the staff if help is needed for repair and installation of new hardware or software
  • Maintain storage of equipment; make sure the equipment and accessories are properly stored and tracked
  • Assist in IT equipment inventory management
  • Work closely with the IT staff to provide effective end-user support and issue resolution
  • Maintain communication with the supervisor on all tasks and projects
  • Substitute IT colleagues while they are on leave

Required Qualifications and Experience
  • Just Graduated/Graduating students in Computer Science field (IT)
  • Knowledge, Skills and Ability Required
  • Excellent customer service skills, with an attitude to learn and improve skills
  • Good team player with the ability to build effective working relationships with colleagues
  • Knowledge of Operation Systems: Windows 7/10

Language
Good command of written and spoken English is a requirement. Knowledge of Russian/Kyrgyz/Kazakh/Tajik is added value

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 10 April 2021. Applications will be reviewed when received. Early applications are strongly encouraged. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “IT Intern”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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