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List of current vacancies:

1 | Visiting Faculty Members in the History of World Religions (Deadline: 22 Jun. 2018)

2 | Storekeeper (Deadline: 22 Jun. 2018)

3 | Maintenance Engineer (Deadline: 01 Jul. 2018)

4 | Students Service Specialist (Deadline: 02 Jul. 2018)

5 | Senior Executive Assistant, Dean's Office (Deadline: 08 Jul. 2018)

6 | Visiting Kyrgyz Language Instructor (Deadline: 13 Jul. 2018)

7 | Mountain Universities Partnership Programme Coordinator (Deadline: 15 Jul. 2018)


Visiting Faculty Members in the History of World Religions

Position: Visiting Faculty Members in the History of World Religions
Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Duty station: Naryn Campus, Kyrgyz Republic and/or Khorog Campus, Tajikistan
Deadline: 22 June 2018

The School of Arts and Sciences is seeking Visiting Faculty Members with a background in the History of World Religions to teach undergraduate students an Introductory course that is part of the Liberal Arts curriculum at the Naryn Campus in Kyrgyz Republic and Khorog Campus in Tajikistan. In your role as a Faculty Member, you will be dedicated to helping students explore the major religions of the world through a historical lens. Students will discover the origins, concepts, beliefs, practices, and development of selected religious traditions. The course seeks to develop and promote an understanding of how religious traditions around the globe reflect the social contexts in which they emerged, and in turn how the traditions affect and transform those societies as well.

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-centred 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 are fluent in their native language and Russian. As a Faculty Member, you will be dedicated to teaching small classes and providing each student with personal academic attention to ensure they master and apply the material.

Minimum Qualifications 
  • PhD from an internationally recognized university in Religious Studies or a related academic discipline.
  • University teaching experience preferred. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.
Teaching Experience 
  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching and students; preferably at least 3 years of experience at the undergraduate level
  • Demonstrated understanding of pedagogy, i.e. developing new and interesting courses grounded in a discipline area and interdisciplinary in nature
  • Experience using innovative teaching methods and evaluation methodologies 
  • Experience in teaching in Central Asia would be a valuable asset
Research Experience 
  • A proven ability to publish research in peer reviewed journals related to your areas of expertise
  • Regular attendance and experience with presenting at international conferences
  • Experience in conducting research in Central Asia would be a valuable asset
Timing and Location 
  • In the 2018-19 academic year, we are looking for visiting faculty who will teach classes at the Naryn Campus or the Khorog Campus.  For the Naryn based appointment, you should be prepared to begin on-boarding on October 22nd or earlier to teach the first cohort from October 29th to December 14th 2018 and the second cohort from March 4th to April 26th 2019. For the Khorog based appointment, you should be prepared to teach the first cohort from from September 3rd to October 19th 2018 and the second cohort from March 4th to April 19th 2019.
Language 
  • English is required, and some knowledge of Russian would be an asset
Salary and Package 
  • Salary and package 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 hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 22 June 2018. Please use: “Visiting Faculty Members in History of World Religions” as the subject header and indicate how you heard about us.

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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Storekeeper

Position: Storekeeper
Department: Operations, Nutrition & Food Services
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 22 June 2018

UCA is seeking a Storekeeper who will be responsible for the receipt, storage and release of food and materials for the Campus kitchen, as well as maintaining all related paperwork and documentation.

Main Duties and Responsibilities 
  • Ensure that the standards and technical conditions for food storage are followed;
  • Organises the storage to ensure that all supplies in the storage are kept in a proper manner in consideration of the temperature, space, sanitary etc. standards and requirements;
  • Organises the accounting of stock operations and necessary documentation;
  • Responsible for the receipt, storage and release of food and products in the storage;
  • Ensure compliance with the best practices on maintaining records, documentation, etc.;
  • Participates in inventories of material assets;
  • Maintains inventory records;
  • Ensures compliance with the rules of registration and delivery of income and expenditure documents;
  • Provides the necessary information on the availability of material and material values on all storage operations to supervisor; and
  • Backstop kitchen staff upon need.
Required Qualifications and Experience 
  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience;
  • Excellent client-oriented skills;
  • Ability to read, write and speak in Russian, Kyrgyz and English; and
  • Good command of MS Excel. 
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to kg.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by June 22nd 2018 or submit to UCA's Human Resources Department. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Storekeeper”.
 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Maintenance Engineer

Position: Maintenance Engineer
Department: Operations
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 01 July 2018

The Maintenance Engineer is responsible to ensure electrical equipment and the overall campus area electrical network are functionable according to regulations and requirements. He/she will also coordinate electrical maintenance works and power connection procedures from the main grid. The Maintenance Engineer is expected to work directly with the Maintenance Supervisor. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities  

  • Ensure electrical equipment and electrical network of campus facilities are functionable.
  • Follow regulations as per approved Rules for the use of electricity (PPEE) and Rules for the operation of electrical equipment (PUE) in campus facilities;
  • Responsible for procedures and methods of planning operation and maintenance of electrical equipment and Ensure electrical equipment and electrical network of campus facilities are functionable. Follow regulations as per approved Rules for the use of electricity (PPEE) and Rules for the operation of electrical equipment (PUE) in campus facilities; Responsible for procedures and methods of planning operation and maintenance of electrical equipment and conducting repair works, preventive maintenance and rational operation of electrical equipment, procedures for acceptance and delivery of electrical equipment after installation and repair; Develop programs for effective and economic use of electricity; Ensure concluding contracts with power company for external connection from power grid; Follow up safety regulations for electrical maintenance works; Manage electrical system functionality, transmission and distribution of electrical power to the systems of electric motors, electrical equipment etc.; Keep proper operation manuals for timely repair of electrical systems, engines and electrical equipment; Ensure the uninterrupted operation of all electrical systems, distribution networks and communications; Take part in work discussions and consideration of any projects related with electrical systems integration, upgrade and reconstruction, drawing up specifications for the design of new and reconstruction of existing power network; Take control of electric measuring devices and its compliance with specified parameters for efficient distribution and use of electric power; Timely updating of contracts and sufficient acts with the energy company defining work liability and border of maintenance responsibilities. Inspect meters, control, protection and automatic devices. Recording and analysis of electrical systems and electrical equipment accidents, develops and implements measures to prevent accidents, breakdowns and increased equipment wear. Monitor compliance of work safety and safe work regulations; Issue work permit for the maintenance of electrical installations and monitor their work (keeping records of blank forms of permits and their registration in the logbook) Timely provision of the energy company with meter readings, receiving invoices for payment, etc. conducting repair works, preventive maintenance and rational operation of electrical equipment, procedures for acceptance and delivery of electrical equipment after installation and repair;
  • Develop programs for effective and economic use of electricity;
  • Ensure concluding contracts with power company for external connection from power grid;
  • Follow up safety regulations for electrical maintenance works;
  • Manage electrical system functionality, transmission and distribution of electrical power to the systems of electric motors, electrical equipment etc.;
  • Keep proper operation manuals for timely repair of electrical systems, engines and electrical equipment;
  • Ensure the uninterrupted operation of all electrical systems, distribution networks and communications;
  • Take part in work discussions and consideration of any projects related with electrical systems integration, upgrade and reconstruction, drawing up specifications for the design of new and reconstruction of existing power network;
  • Take control of electric measuring devices and its compliance with specified parameters for efficient distribution and use of electric power;
  • Timely updating of contracts and sufficient acts with the energy company defining work liability and border of maintenance responsibilities.
  • Inspect meters, control, protection and automatic devices.
  • Recording and analysis of electrical systems and electrical equipment accidents, develops and implements measures to prevent accidents, breakdowns and increased equipment wear.
  • Monitor compliance of work safety and safe work regulations;
  • Issue work permit for the maintenance of electrical installations and monitor their work (keeping records of blank forms of permits and their registration in the logbook)
  • Timely provision of the energy company with meter readings, receiving invoices for payment, etc.

Required Qualifications and Experience 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or related field;
  • At least 5 years of supervisory work experience;
  • Ability to work with electrical drawings and diagrams;
  • Client and results oriented;
  • Confident user of Office applications, email and Internet
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook
  • Strong command of Russian and Kyrgyz.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to kg.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by July 1st 2018. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Maintenance Engineer”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Students Service Specialist

Position: Students Service Specialist
Department: School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE)
Duty station: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Deadline: 02 July 2018

The Students Service Specialist will provide high quality services to students and applicants as well as support teaching and learning processes.

Main Duties and Responsibilities 
• Provides information on SPCE programs and courses to visitors and applicants in person as well as by phone;
• Helps applicants to fill in the Application Form;
• Receives application forms along with required documents and passes on to Student Data Base Operator for entering in data base;
• Coordinates students’ attendance and status with instructors;
• Coordinates a timetable with the Assistant to Manager of Learning Centre (AMLC) and form groups accordingly;
• Arranges welcome meetings for new groups and explain academic principles students;
• Conducts Students’ Evaluations at the end of each module;
• Controls students number in groups and inform AMLC promptly;
• Crosschecks data entered data base;
• Manages admision process and post annoucement promptly;
• Organises events and coordinates with students and graduates;
• Conducts alumni survey twice a year to gather information on graduates achievements and SPCE programs impact on their capacity development. ;
• Provides required information about students and graduates to potential employers and partners;
• Marketing and promoting SPCE courses and programmes;

Required Qualifications and Experience
• University Bachelors degree;
• Highly motivated with strong organisational skills;
• Three years of relevant experience in international organizations;
• Strong communication skills;
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in multicultural environment;
• Independent worker with ability to take initiative;
• Fluency in English, Russian and Tajik;
• Adequate computer skills.Expert in using data base and working with statistics

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to tj.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by July 2nd 2018. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Student Service Specialist”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Senior Executive Assistant, Dean's Office

Position: Senior Executive Assistant, Dean's Office
Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic (with frequent travel to the undergraduate campuses in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic and Khorog, Tajikistan)
Deadline: 08 July 2018

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
• Provides research and analysis to prepare briefing materials for the Dean and collects and prepares information for use in discussions, meetings of executive management and external individuals.
• Responds to routine & non-routine inquiries regarding SAS and campus operations, policies and procedures.
• Responds to and assesses, prioritises and communicates situations/issues presented by staff, faculty and external constituents to appropriate staff members for resolution.
• Provides administrative and technical assistance on a wide range of special projects as assigned by the Dean.
• Functions as a gatekeeper to assure prioritisation of the Dean’s time by managing the Dean’s task list, following up on activities to assure timely completion of projects.
• Shares primary responsibility for managing and scheduling the Dean’s calendar including management of Dean’s schedule and all travel.
• Makes high-level contacts of a sensitive nature regarding routine & non-routine issues internally and externally requiring a high degree of discretion and diplomacy and time sensitivity.
• Develops and manages a database of contacts, initiatives and assignments. Records minutes or notes of meetings as required.
• Produces high quality reports/documentation for various levels and audience assigned by the Dean.
• Backstops the Dean during travel/overseas assignments on all related matters.

Minimum Qualifications 
• Master’s degree from an internationally recognised institution in a related area
• Experience in Higher Education Management sphere or any other relevant experience.
• Advanced technical and computer skills to support administrative functions including MS Office Suite with an emphasis on PowerPoint, Excel and database skills, electronic calendar management, various videoconferencing applications and email applications.
• Excellent project management skills, strong attention to detail, and ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
• Excellent report writing skills
• Strong analytical/problem-solving skills using sound judgment within policy parameters.
• High quality customer service orientation.
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff; both verbally and in writing, with excellent editing and proofreading ability.
• Strong ability to work independently and as a team member.
• Advising and counseling skills.
• Ability to use high-level discretion and maintain a high level of confidentiality.
• Diplomacy, professional appearance and demeanor, and excellent attendance.

Languages
• Proficient/native-like knowledge of English.
• Knowledge of Russian, Kyrgyz, Tajik or Kazakh would be an asset.

Relationships
• Reports to the Dean of School of Arts & Sciences
• Works closely with key stakeholders across the university

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by July 8th 2018. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Senior Executive Assistant to the Dean” and indicate how you heard about us.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Visiting Kyrgyz Language Instructor

Position: Visiting Kyrgyz Language Instructor
Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 13 July 2018

The Kyrgyz Language Instructor is a visiting member of the UCA campus in Naryn. The qualifications of the instructor should equip them to teach the “Basics of Kyrgyz/Conversational Kyrgyz” and “Kyrgyz for Business” programmes for three different levels: Beginner, Elementary and Intermediate.

  • The following are possible courses that can be taught by the faculty member as part of UCA’s Kyrgyz language courses: 
  • Basics of Kyrgyz/Conversational Kyrgyz for Beginner Level (for non-native speakers)
    Intermediate Level (for Russian school graduates)
  • Kyrgyz for Business for Intermediate Level students (for native speakers)

Key Responsibilities

  • Teach 26 classes with each class being 90 minutes long from September to December;
  • Organise the testing of students with a view to determine their level of competence and form groups;
  • Designing lesson plan materials, supplementary materials for lessons and additional homework materials;
  • Initiation and implementation of proposals to improve the planning of activities, as well as the development of curricula, educational resources, and evaluation of Kyrgyz language courses;
  • Advanced training and learning modern teaching Kyrgyz methodologies and trends on a regular basis.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Kyrgyz Language, Teaching, or a related field from an accredited institution;
  • Experience (5+ years) in teaching Kyrgyz to high school and/or university students with varying levels of Kyrgyz;
  • Experience with Kyrgyz curriculum development is a must;
  • Experience in developing and delivering training modules to other teachers, tutors, mentors, etc.; and
  • Professional familiarity with Central Asian secondary and post-secondary education landscape would be an asset.

Language 

  • Advanced Kyrgyz and intermediate English (minimum IELTS score of 6.5)
  • Some knowledge of Russian or Kazakh would be an asset

Relationships
The Kyrgyz Language Instructor will report to the UCA Dean of Arts and Sciences.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org  by July 13th 2018. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Visiting Kyrgyz Language Instructor” and indicate how you heard about us.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Mountain Universities Partnership Programme Coordinator

Position: Mountain Universities Partnership Programme Coordinator
Department: Graduate School of Development
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 15 July 2018

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) launched the Universities Improvement Programme (UIP) in order to strengthen higher education quality. For its initial phase, UIP has been initiated with the launch of  the Mountain Universities Partnership (MUP) in the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, northern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan. Higher education is critically important to development in this region. The UIP will support partner universities to strengthen and expand educational and research capacity in areas that meet local needs and opportunities.  

The AKDN’s key partner for this work, Academics Without Borders (AWB), is mandated to manage and operate the initiative with AKDN, specifically with Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and AKDN’s two universities: University and Central Asia (UCA), Aga Khan University (AKU). UCA operates campuses in Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan with a third soon to open in Kazakhstan, and has a well-established record of professional and continuing education programmes in northern Afghanistan.

Summary of the Position
The Programme Coordinator will play a key role in MUP, acting as a liaison and resource as partner universities in Central Asia develop programme enhancement and capacity building plans.  S/he will also work with AWB’s Project Manager to support academic volunteers, monitor and evaluate improvement projects.   

Main Duties and Responsibilities  
  • As part of ensuring overall success for the MUP, responsibilities encompass, amongst other functions:
  • Developing improvement initiatives. Supporting partner universities in the development of their improvement plans by carrying-out integrated scoping exercises of the institution, applying insights from existing partners, analyses and activities; and engaging the partner universities in order to formulate projects situated within their broader, multi-year, institutional improvement programmes;
  • Coordinating and monitoring specific activities. These efforts would include engaging leadership and faculty within the universities; orienting and supporting the volunteers AWB and AKDN recruit to support such improvement initiatives; and ensuring the resulting activities are successfully implemented.
  • Measuring outcomes. After developing an overall framework, ensure the results are effectively measured and communicated to stakeholders, e.g., the Steering Committee and funding, university and Government partners; and
  • Supporting initiatives to mobilise resources. Within the context of efforts by AKDN, AWB and partner universities to secure resources for the MUP’s improvement initiatives, support would include preparing materials, directly engaging promising funders, etc.
Required Qualifications and Experience 
  • Master’s degree or above in relevant discipline(s), and at least 5 years of relevant experience which could encompass university leadership, management, academic programme improvement, etc. 
  • Experience in developing or transitional countries is an asset;
  • Ability to engage effectively with stakeholders and develop relationships across geographies and backgrounds;
  • Entrepreneurial disposition, innovative mindset and drive for results;
  • Familiarity with MUP countries and education systems, particularly universities; and
  • Fluent English ability, and Russian and other regional languages strongly desired.
Relationships 
  • The MUP Programme Coordinator:
  • Reports to AWB’s Executive Director who is guided by the Steering Committee of the initiative globally. S/he also has an administrative reporting relationship with AWB, including for approving any travels, etc.;
  • Works closely with AWB’s Project Manager; 
  • Constructively engages stakeholders, particularly UCA’s management, others in AKDN and the initiative’s partner institutions.
Candidates from the founding countries of UCA i.e. Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan are encouraged to apply for this position.

How to Apply
Please send a Cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by July 15th 2018. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “MUP Programme Coordinator

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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