Current Vacancies

List of current vacancies:

1 | Administrative Assistant (Deadline: 24 Jan. 2018)

2 | Research Associate (Deadline: 24 Jan. 2018)

3 | Research Fellow (Economics) (Deadline: 25 Jan. 2018)

4 | Procurement Officer (Deadline: 31 Jan. 2018)

5 | Manager - Internal Audit (Deadline: 31 Jan. 2018)

6 | Handymen (2 positions) (Deadline: 31 Jan. 2018)

7 | Housekeeping Staff (Deadline: 31 Jan. 2018)

8 | Dishwasher (Deadline: 31 Jan. 2018)

9 | Science Faculty Member (Deadline: 12 Feb. 2018)

10 | Lecturer/Senior Lecturers in Mathematics (2 positions) (Deadline: 12 Feb. 2018)

11 | Director, Mountain Societies Research Institute; with joint-appointment as Associate or Full Professor in the School of Arts and Sciences (Earth and Environmental Science progamme) (Deadline: 30 March 2018)


Administrative Assistant

Position: Administrative Assistant
Department: Education Improvement Programme, School of Arts and Sciences
Duty station: Central Administration Office, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 24 January 2018

In keeping with its mission the University is launching the Education Improvement Programme to improve school education in the three Founding States of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan. It seeks to develop privileged relations with 20 schools, in each of the countries with the aim of  improving the quality of the learning outcomes so as to establish a steady-stream of well-prepared students for higher education, work and citizenship, and improve school education in the region in general.

Summary of Position
The Administrative Assistant is responsible for a wide range of administrative and secretarial tasks, providing professional, efficient and hands-on support to the Head of the Educational Improvement Programme. The Administrative Assistant should have a high attention to detail along with excellent organisational, communication and presentation skills. The Administrative Assistant also needs to show initiative, be flexible, and be able to work autonomously in a demanding work environment. 
 
Main Duties and Responsibilities
  
Provide general administrative and clerical support in the following areas: 
  • Organise and schedule appointments and manage various calendars;
  • Oversee travel and accommodation arrangements and submit and reconcile expense reports;
  • Develop and maintain a filing system;
  • Assist in the preparation of regularly scheduled reports;
  • Draft, edit and compile documents and spreadsheets;
  • Plan for meetings, take detailed minutes and provide meeting minutes in a timely manner;
  • Assist in organising and making all necessary arrangements for events/conferences.
Develop and maintain databases: 
  • Work with database software to store, organise and manage data as per user objectives and requirements;
  • Keep databases up to date;
  • Liaise with IT and other technical staff to manage database security/integrity, backup procedures, disaster recovery plans, archiving data.
Provide Translation Services: 
  • Translate letters, documents and other materials from Russian and the national language to English;
  • Write letters, document and other materials in Russian and the national language translating the same from English.

Skills and Dispositions Required 

  • Knowledge of office management systems and procedures;
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point);
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritise work;
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to multi-task;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work as member of a team;
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure;
  • A high level of energy, enthusiasm, initiative, motivation and commitment;
  • Familiarity with computer operating systems and database technology (design, software and structure);
  • Ability to handle sensitive information, using discretion and confidentiality;
  • Fluent in English and Russian as well as the duty station country’s national language.

Required Qualifications and Experience 

  • A Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least 2 years job related experience in a similar role, preferably in an international organisation with demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organisation.
Reporting Relationship 
  • The position reports to the Head, Education Improvement Programme.
  • The position will actively engage with other members of UCA to enhance a culture of collaboration and professional networking.

The job description is subject to change.  

Candidates from the founding countries of UCA i.e Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic 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 January 24th 2018. Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Administrative Assistant, EIP”. 


Research Associate

Position: Research Associate
Department: Education Improvement Programme, School of Arts and Science
Duty station: Central Administration Office, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 24 January 2018

In keeping with its mission the University is launching the Education Improvement Programme (EIP) to improve school education in the three Founding States of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan. It seeks to develop privileged relations with 20 schools, in each of the countries with the aim of  improving the quality of the learning outcomes so as to establish a steady-stream of well-prepared students for higher education, work and citizenship, and improve school education in the region in general.

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
This position involves research design, data collection, analysis, documentation and dissemination of research findings for different audiences using a range of media. It also involves the development, modification and implementation of instruments that can be used for the assessment of learning outcomes, quality of teaching, effectiveness of learning inputs, management and monitoring and evaluation. The Research Associate will also provide training to ensure effective use of the designed instruments. 

The position will involve travel to urban, rural and high-mountain schools as well as engagement with a multitude of actors.  
 
Main Duties and Responsibilities   
  • Develop a research strategy based on the strategic plan for the EIP;
  • Conceptualise research studies through both quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches; 
  • Conduct literature reviews;
  • Develop research tools, analyse data and present findings/results to help inform programme decisions;
  • Maintain accurate records of all data, safeguard the confidentiality of subjects throughout the process; and provide ready access to the data when required;
  • Clearly communicate findings to all stakeholders using appropriate media;
  • Disseminate findings to the educational community through presentations at conferences and publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Identify research funding, prepare materials for submission to funding agencies and prepare interim and final reports for programme officers and funders;
  • Work with teachers to develop instruments that can be used for assessment of learning, quality of teaching and effectiveness of learning inputs, train and supervise use of the instruments to ensure effectiveness of use and data collected;
  • Facilitate the conduct of a situational analysis/needs analysis of each partner school, design instruments and use them to collect data, independently analyze data and build profiles around each school’s context, strengths and needs;
  • Support the development of strategies to meet individual school needs;
  • Identify and implement indicators to measure program success at various junctures;
  • Support further initiatives or projects that may arise, and propose research suited to studying them;
  • Actively seek to build intra- and inter-institutional relationships/partnerships to strengthen and further the program’s research and education improvement agenda;
  • Stay up-to-date with relevant academic and intellectual developments in the field; and
  • Prepare presentations, mid-term and final reports, and journal articles for dissemination.
Required Qualifications and Experience  
  • A Master’s Degree in education or the social sciences or equivalent education research experience;
  • At least three years of research experience that demonstrates capacity for independent research both quantitative and qualitative as evidenced in published research;
  • Experience of using computer software packages for data analysis such as SPSS and NVIVO;
  • A working knowledge of databases, Office 365 and statistics; 
  • Good written, verbal and intercultural communication skills;
  • Ability to take an initiative from conception to realization of the research; 
  • Experience in developing proposals for research funding;
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation of education projects/programmes;
  • Experience in delivering research training;
  • Fluency in Russian and English;
  • Ability to manage logistical details within a larger conceptual framework;
  • Ability to form and maintain long-term professional and institutional relationships;
  • Commitment to ethical professional engagement; and
  • A willingness to travel to rural and high mountain schools (30% of the time).

Candidates from the founding countries of UCA i.e Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic 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 January 24th 2018. Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Research Associate”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Research Fellow (Economics)

Position: Research Fellow (Economics)
Department: Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA)
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 25 January 2018

Duration: 12 months contract (renewable)

The Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) is part of the Graduate School of Development at UCA. IPPA was established in 2011 to promote systematic and in-depth research on issues related to the socio-economic development of Central Asia, and to explore policy alternatives. IPPA is implementing many research and training projects related to economic and social development of the economies of greater Central Asia (including Afghanistan) focusing on economic policy issues. The projects are interdisciplinary and require combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods. The Research Fellow will report to the Associate Director of IPPA.

Main Duties and Responsibilities  
  • Conduct independent academic and applied research to implement IPPA research projects;
  • Contribute to training and teaching activities of IPPA through curriculum development and teaching at programmes aimed at civil servants and professionals;
  • Be part of the IPPA research and teaching team and collaborate closely with colleagues;
  • Present research results at international and national conferences and publish the results in academic journals, books, working papers and other professional publications;
  • Support research team in stakeholder (e.g. government, international organisations, academic and expert community) engagement activities;
  • Ensure timely completion of all deliverables, progress reporting, budgeting for the projects.
  • There may be an opportunity to teach introductory economics courses in UCA’s School of Arts and Sciences undergraduate programme at the Naryn campus, Kyrgyz Republic.
Required Qualifications and Experience  
  • PhD or MA in Economics or another relevant field;
  • Experience in research and policy analysis within an international organisation, policy centre or academic institution;
  • Record of publications or analytical papers;
  • Expertise in and/or familiarity with issues related to economic and social policy;
  • Strong quantitative skills (statistics, econometrics);
  • Strong communication and representation skills;
  • Fluency in English.
Desired Qualifications  
  • Knowledge of and experience in the greater Central Asia region (including Afghanistan);
  • Qualitative research skills;
  • Fluency in Russian and/or a Central Asian language. 
How to Apply
To apply please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 25 January 2018. As your application email subject, please write: “Research Fellow, IPPA”.
 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Procurement Officer

Position: Procurement Officer
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 31 January 2018

Summary of the Position
Under the supervision of the Materials Management Manager and in collaboration with the relevant staff of the UCA departments and units, the Procurement Officer shall support all aspects of procurement and materials management activities within UCA 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. The Procurement Officer will report to the Materials Management Manager.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Work with UCA Departments in planning and finalizing of the procurement requirements
  • Determine the commercial conditions which best serve UCA’s interests
  • Search and select suppliers in accordance with UCA needs and requests for purchases as per the approved plan and procurement requisition, and prepare bidder lists
  • Ensure standardization and aggregation of purchase for all categories, minimizing the total cost of purchase
  • 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 on payment execution process
  • Work with suppliers to ensure that key processes are running efficiently and cost-effectively
  • Build strong working relationships both internally and with key suppliers
  • Support in developing inventory control, material handling and logistics processes
Required Qualifications and Experience 
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience
  • Experience with procurement and negotiations, knowledge of the market within the job function
  • Successful realization of tenders
  • Experience in budgeting and cost optimization
  • A demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally within UCA, as well as globally with suppliers
  • Sophisticated negotiation skills. Strong knowledge of related industry operating costs, procurement methods, and pricing practices
  • Strong multi-task abilities in an extremely fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work with multidisciplinary teams individually and collectively
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
Language 
  • English is required.
  • Russian is an important asset.
  • Working knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik, and/or Kazakh would be an asset.
Candidates from the founding countries of UCA i.e Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan are encouraged to apply for the position.

How to Apply 
To apply please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by January 31, 2018. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Procurement Officer”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Manager - Internal Audit

Position: Manager - Internal Audit
Department: Internal Audit
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 31 January 2018

Summary of Position 
The Manager - Internal Audit will report to the Head of Internal Audit and will perform operational audits within the University, prepare reports relating to audit observations and recommendations, and manage a team of internal auditors.
 
The position is expected to exercise responsibility regarding the sensitivity and confidentiality of information; demonstrate professionalism, adhering to the Institute of Internal Auditors and other professional standards. Travel to and stay in any area of UCA operating jurisdiction within the Central Asian region will be required of this position.
 
Main Duties and Responsibilities 
  • Manage & independently perform internal audit projects as per the audit plan; 
  • Assist the Head of Internal Audit with quarterly reporting; 
  • Develop engagement scope, communicate with management for audit meetings; 
  • Develop audit programs and other documents for audit execution; 
  • Provide guidance to team members for effective and efficient conduct of audits; 
  • Prepare working papers and audit report for review by the Head of Internal Audit; 
  • Review audit working papers of team members involved in the audit project; 
  • Perform review / audit of special projects as assigned by the Head of Internal Audit; 
  • Monitor and follow up on outstanding audit recommendations and responses.
Required Qualifications and Experience 
Education Requirement 
  • Bachelor’s degree in finance/accounting or equivalent - Mandatory; 
  • Chartered Accountant (CA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) or Certified International Professional Accountant (CIPA) - Mandatory 
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) – Preferable.
Experience Requirement 
  • Combined minimum 6-8 years of experience in finance, accounting, audit; 
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in internal audit; 
  • Experience in University environment – Preferable.
Knowledge and Competencies 
  • Fluency in English and Russian languages; 
  • Excellent report writing, communication and time management skills; 
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; 
  • Understanding and application of the internal audit standards; 
  • Working knowledge of data analytics tool such as IDEA, ACL; 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools (word, excel, PowerPoint); 
  • Knowledge of laws and regulations as applicable within the Central Asian Region (Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan) 
Preference will be given to candidates with previous related experience in Central Asia or the former Soviet Union. Candidates from the founding countries of UCA i.e Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic 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 31 January 2018. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Manager - Internal Audit”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Handymen (2 positions)

Position: Handymen (2 positions)
Department: Operations
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 31 January 2018

The worker of repair service of buildings is responsible for maintenance in an appropriate clean condition of walls of the building and for the general condition of wooden furniture: in classrooms, laboratories, offices, public places, and in other various places in a campus.

Main Duties and Responsibilities 
  • Providing of current repair work on relevant profile;
  • Inspecting of a condition of the served territories with performance of necessary types of works (the plasterer, the painter, the carpenter) with application of necessary safety regimentals and lifting devices;
  • Cleaning and washing of external high-rise windows;
  • Informing of management on the need of repair of damaged walls and furniture;
  • Polishing and care of wooden surfaces, if necessary to wash of carpets;
  • Loading and unloading of goods under relevant profile, control of arrangement of furniture;
  • Performance of other works are connecting with a position.
Required Qualifications and Experience
  • Minimum of 2 years in a housekeeping and repair and construction areas;
  • Working knowledge of basic housekeeping and repair and construction procedures
  • Ability to maintain a high standard of cleanliness and control in work area repair and control over their contents;
  • Ability to follow direct written and oral instructions
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to kg.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by January 31st 2018. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Handymen”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Housekeeping Staff

Position: Housekeeping Staff
Department: Operations
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 31 January 2018

To maintain clean and sanitary conditions in classrooms, labs, lecture halls, offices, common areas, restrooms and various other areas within buildings on the campus of the University.

Main Duties and Responsibilities 
  • Clean, mop, scrub, sweep or vacuum classrooms, labs, lecture halls, offices, common areas, restrooms and various other areas.
  • Clean, wash, dust, or polish hardware, brass, furniture, mirrors, bedside lighting fixtures, vents, radiators, and exteriors of cabinets and equipment.
  • Clean rooms and/or offices thoroughly by mopping floors, washing furniture, scrubbing plastic cushions, frames and cleaning and washing bathroom fixtures and walls.
  • Report repairs needed to supervisors including broken or cracked window panes, leaky faucets, toilets, loose tiles, broken blinds and damaged furniture.
  • Empty trash.
  • May dust mop, wax and buff floors and shampoos carpets.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience
  • Minimum of 2 years in a housekeeping role 
  • Elementary English and local used language,
  • Working knowledge of basic housekeeping and cleaning procedures
  • Ability to maintain a high standard of cleanliness and odor control in work area
  • Ability to read, write and follow direct written and oral instructions
  • Ability to integrate appropriate response to the relevant requests of the staff and students
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees.
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to kg.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by January 31st 2018. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Housekeeping staff”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Dishwasher

Position: Dishwasher
Department: Nutrition and Food Services
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 31 January 2018

The Dishwasher will perform a variety of duties to maintain kitchen work area in a clean and orderly condition. To maintain assigned areas in a clean, sanitary, safe, orderly, attractive manner in accordance with established procedures, and as directed by your supervisor, to assure that the highest degree of cleanliness and sanitation is maintained at all times.

Main Duties and Responsibilities 
  • Provide the highest quality of service to customers at all times.
  • Organizes, cleans and sanitizes the kitchen, dining areas, trash disposal areas, loading dock, elevators, dining storage areas, equipment, cookware, dishes, etc.
  • Follows and completes written and verbal cleaning instructions/procedures and other assignments.
  • Other duties include sweeping and mopping of floors, washing worktables, walls refrigerators and meat blocks and removing trash and garbage to designated areas.
  • Scrape food from dirty dishes, pots and pans and washes them by hand or places them in dishwashing machine, utilizing proper infection control procedures. Records dish machine rinse temperatures at each meal washing service.
  • Follows directives on placement of clean dish, utensil and pan storage.
  • Assisting in food preparation as directed.
  • Processing and storing incoming orders of food and supplies according to departmental policies and procedures.
  • Assurance that food preparation and storage areas are maintained in a clean and properly arranged manner at all times.
  • Lifting, moving, storing, counting, food stock items.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • 1-2 year in a kitchen/food serving environment.
  • Ability to read, write, understand and communicate in Russian and Kyrgyz, preferably in English.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to work in extreme temperatures including hot kitchen to refrigerators and freezers.
  • Ability to work in a multi-tasked environment
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to kg.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 31 January 2018. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Dishwasher”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Science Faculty Member

Position: Science Faculty Member
Department: School of Arts and Science
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic or Khorog, Tajikistan
Deadline: 12 February 2018

Summary of the Position
The School of Arts and Sciences at UCA is seeking Science Faculty Members to teach at one of its undergraduate campuses, either in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic or Khorog, Tajikistan. This individual is expected to have an active involvement in the development, planning, preparation, and undertaking of all academic upgrading initiatives related to Science instruction in both the preparatory and undergraduate programme. They will also be expected to teach small groups of students from Central Asia by engaging them in problem solving along concrete examples and applications to abstract ideas. 

Central to the vision of UCA is to create an outstanding teaching and research institution that excels in the generation and application of knowledge. Academic programmes combine the student-centered environment of a liberal arts college with the intellectual excitement of being at the frontiers of knowledge offered by a research university. The language of instruction for undergraduate studies is English, with a requirement that all undergraduate students be fluent in their native language and Russian. We are seeking someone committed to teaching and intellectually inquisitive.

Main Duties and Responsibilities 
The Science Courses at UCA explore two overarching concepts: the scientific method, and mountain environments. These overarching concepts are developed via a number of themes including water, earth, fire, air, colour, limits and limitlessness, exploring the solar system and automata. These themes unify topics among the three sciences of chemistry, biology and physics, and also thematically connect Science with the other first semester courses of the preparatory programme including Math and English which explore these elements in their own way. The UCA’s preparatory science curriculum incorporates practice-based learning by allotting a specific amount of time for students in the lab. Chemistry, Physics and Ecology are offered in the undergraduate programme (3rd year).

Required Qualifications and Experience 
  • Experience (5+ years) in teaching science (biology, chemistry, physics) to high school, community college and/or university students; 
  • Experience teaching ecology would be an advantage;
  • Some experience in developing and delivering training modules to other teachers, tutors, mentors and/or developing science curriculum;
  • Professional familiarity with Central Asian secondary and post-secondary education landscape would be an asset; and
  • Experience managing student projects.
Language  
  • Native-like English is a must; and
  • Advanced Russian and some knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik or Kazakh would be an advantage.
Education  
  • A Master’s Degree from an internationally recognised university in science or a related discipline; 
  • Teaching Certification from an internationally recognised university would be ideal; and
  • PhD from an internationally recognised university would be an asset.
Relationships
  • The Science Faculty Member will report to the Dean of UCA School of Arts & Sciences.
You should be prepared to move to Central Asia by June 2018 or earlier for acculturation and to prepare for teaching. Teaching at the undergraduate campus in Khorog, Tajikistan is also expected.

How to Apply
To apply please send us (1) a cover letter (2) an up-to-date resume; (2) a teaching and/or research statement (3) contact information for three professional references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 12 February 2018. Please use: “Science Faculty Member” as the subject header and indicate the position location you are applying for and how you heard about us. Rank will be based on the candidate’s prior experience and record. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Lecturer/Senior Lecturers in Mathematics (2 positions)

Position: Lecturer/Senior Lecturers in Mathematics (2 positions)
Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Duty station: Recruiting for both Naryn, Krygyz Republic and Khorog, Tajikistan
Deadline: 12 February 2018

Summary of the Position 
The School of Arts and Sciences at UCA is seeking Lecturers/Senior Lecturers to teach at one of its undergraduate campuses, either in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic or Khorog, Tajikistan. This individual is expected to have an active involvement in the development, planning, preparation, and undertaking of all academic upgrading initiatives related to Maths instruction. They will also be expected to teach small groups of students from Central Asia by engaging them in problem solving along concrete examples and applications to abstract ideas. 

Central to the vision of UCA is to create an outstanding teaching and research institution that excels in the generation and application of knowledge. Academic programmes combine the student-centered environment of a liberal arts college with the intellectual excitement of being at the frontiers of knowledge offered by a research university. The language of instruction for undergraduate studies is English, with a requirement that all undergraduate students be fluent in their native language and Russian. We are seeking someone committed to teaching and intellectually inquisitive.

Main Duties and Responsibilities 
The Mathematics Faculty Member will teach a series of maths courses in the preparatory year of the undergraduate programme over 2.5 semesters and will be responsible for engendering the following learning outcomes among students:

After Semester 1, UCA students will be able to:    
  • Apply mathematical reasoning skills to identify the scope of complex mathematical problems.
  • Select mathematical techniques and methods required to solve discrete mathematics problems.
  • Use computational strategies related to Graph Theory, Combinatorics, Probability, Statistics, and Number Theory to model and explore concepts, ideas, topical issues and local context.
  • 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. 
After Semesters 2 and 3 (half-semester), UCA students will be able to: 
  • Apply foundational mathematical reasoning and computation skills to complex mathematical problems;
  • Select mathematical techniques and methods required to solve calculus and vectors problems;
  • Use computational strategies related to Limits, Continuity, Derivatives, Integrals, and Vectors to explore concepts, ideas, topical issues, and local context;
  • Justify solutions through mathematical arguments that integrate multiple concepts; and
  • Use a variety of ways to represent and communicate the processes used and solutions to calculus and vectors problems.

Required Qualifications and Experience  

  • Experience (5+ years) in teaching maths to high school, community college and/or university students; 
  • Experience teaching courses in linear algebra and calculus would be an advantage;
  • Some experience in developing and delivering training modules to other teachers, tutors, mentors and/or developing maths curriculum would be an asset;
  • Professional familiarity with Central Asian secondary and post-secondary education landscape would be an asset; and
  • Experience managing student projects.

Language  

  • Native-like English is a must; and
  • Advanced Russian and some knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik or Kazakh would be an advantage.

Education   

  • A Master’s Degree from an internationally recognised university in maths;
  • Teaching Certification from an internationally recognised university would be ideal; and
  • PhD from a globally recognised university would be an asset.

Relationships 

  • The Mathematics Faculty Member will report to the Dean of School of Arts & Sciences.
This individual should be prepared to move to Central Asia by June 2018 or earlier for acculturation and to prepare for teaching. UCA is currently recruiting faculty members for both campuses.

How to Apply
To apply please send us (1) a cover letter (2) an up-to-date resume; (2) a teaching and/or research statement (3) contact information for three professional references  to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 12 February 2018. As your application e-mail subject header, please write: “Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Maths” and indicate the position location you are applying for and how you heard about us. The position will carry the rank of lecturer or senior lecturer. Rank will be based on the candidate’s prior experience and record. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Director, Mountain Societies Research Institute; with joint-appointment as Associate or Full Professor in the School of Arts and Sciences (Earth and Environmental Science progamme)

Position: Director, Mountain Societies Research Institute; with joint-appointment as Associate or Full Professor in the School of Arts and Sciences (Earth and Environmental Science progamme)
Department: Mountain Societies Research Institute and School of Arts and Sciences
Duty station: Khorog, Tajikistan with frequent travel to Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 30 March 2018

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 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 commitment and partnership of the broader Aga Khan Development Network. For more information: www.ucentralasia.org.

Mountain Society Research Institute (MSRI)
Established in 2011, MSRI is one of two institutes of the Graduate School of Development addressing the multi-dimensional nature of development through research and education. The other is the Institute of Public Policy and Administration, and new units are being planned. MSRI is dedicated to the generation of interdisciplinary knowledge and its application for the sustainable development of mountain societies of Central Asia and beyond. MSRI is concerned with the quality of life and well-being of mountain societies and the factors affecting their environments and livelihoods. Current thematic areas include: natural resource management and livelihoods, mountain hazards risk mitigation, climate change and adaptation, biodiversity conservation, food security, and socio-economic resilience in light of global changes. Operating at the interface of academia and development, MSRI conducts original research and serves as a regional knowledge hub for scholars and practitioners, enhances research capacity through educational programmes, and seeks to impact development policy and practice.
 
MSRI’s core geographic scope includes the three Founding States – Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan – as well as Northern Afghanistan where UCA has ongoing strategic educational programmes. Following the 2016 opening of UCA’s fully-residential campus in  Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic, the launch of  facilities  in Khorog, Tajikistan where the School of Arts and Sciences undergraduate programme will offer a research-oriented major in the earth and environmental sciences adds new dimensions that will enrich MSRI’s activities. Headquartered in Khorog, MSRI will maintain an active team in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, reflecting its broad regional mission. MSRI is engaged with the global mountain studies community and is linked to universities in Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland and other countries.  It has received significant funding in recent years from international development agencies as well as joint research funding with partnering universities. MSRI serves as host for the regional office of ICRAF – World Agroforestry Centre, and it is an institutional member of the International Mountain Society which publishes Mountain Research & Development.
 
MSRI’s close relationship with agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network, and their rich experience of work in mountain communities in Central Asia, is of particular significance to the quality of research and service.  MSRI collaborates with UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education that operates learning centres in 12 locations throughout Central Asia and Northern Afghanistan in the delivery of training programmes. Joint appointments in the School of Arts and Sciences provide MSRI researchers the opportunity to teach and involve undergraduate students in research.
 

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
MSRI is seeking a Director who will build on its unique long-term vision and current commitment in Central Asia and will advance it to become a leading international centre in the study of mountain societies. The Director will strategically guide and support the development of an international research team as well as strengthen and develop new research themes and graduate education programmes that will enable MSRI to have the greatest impact on mountain societies by advancing sustainable mountain development through research, education, capacity development, and targeted contributions aiming to influence development practice and policy.
 
Critical to MSRI’s advancement will be the Director’s cultivation of partnerships with international and regional universities, research institutions and development agencies, and engagement with multiple levels of government as well as communities and civil society. With a joint-appointment in the undergraduate Earth and Environmental Sciences programme, of UCA’s School of Arts and Sciences, the Director will play an important role in promoting research-informed teaching. Moreover, a masters programme in mountain development under the Graduate School of Development is being considered.
 
The position reports directly to the Dean Graduate School of Development with a dotted line reporting to the Dean School of Arts Sciences for the undergraduate programme.

Required Qualifications and Experience  
  • PhD in a relevant field in earth and/or environmental sciences, natural resource management, geography, adaptation to climate change; mountain hazards risk mitigation; strong record of scholarly achievement and externally funded research
  • Leadership of significant international interdisciplinary research projects; experience in leading a research centre desirable
  • Demonstrated skills in communications, team building, and capacity development
  • Demonstrated experience in project management, including financial management
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education
  • Critical understanding of key issues facing the Central Asian region, with network of colleagues and academic/institutional contacts working on mountain society research
  • First-hand experience in implementation of development work would be a valuable asset, especially in mountain regions (either as practitioner or in policy development)
  • Excellent command of English; working knowledge of Russian, a Central Asian language, or  a second European language are desirable.
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter indicating key reasons for applying and vision for MSRI, CV, and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org. The deadline is March 30, 2018 (or until filled). Early applications are encouraged. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Please use “MSRI Director” as the subject header and indicate how you heard about us.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.