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List of current vacancies:

1 | Campus Counsellor (Deadline: 24 Aug. 2018)

2 | Tajikistan Student Recruiter (Deadline: Position open until filled)

Campus Counsellor

Position: Campus Counsellor
Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 24 August 2018

The University of Central Asia is seeking a full-time Counsellor to provide a student-centered, inclusive and proactive support system for students of UCA under the general direction of the Manager of Student Affairs, who is part of the Dean’s Management Team. The position will be based on the Naryn campus in Kyrgyzstan, and starts in  September, 2018. The successful candidate is primarily responsible for the provision of guidance and counselling services to students who are seeking solutions to personal concerns, but the Counsellor will also provide career and academic services to students. He or she will address the full spectrum of student issues at an individual and group level. The Counsellor will work with the Career and Co-operative Education centre to provide career advice to students and work intimately with the primary health care professionals to respond to campus health care needs as one seamless, overall service. The Counsellor will address students’ developmental and personal problems, mental health problems and crises. 

Counselling Services directly support the mission of the University of Central Asia by engaging in activities that facilitate the student learning experience, increase student engagement and success. The Counsellor will be committed to accessible, professionally delivered services that are responsive to the needs of all students. The Counsellor will also assist with residence life, recreation programs, student orientations and other student activities; liaise and work with staff and administration on behalf of students through committees and on an individual basis; deliver student support courses such as job search training, school life balance, peer mentorship and related activities. The Counsellor will oversee a series of programme interventions with an emphasis on prevention and catching issues early on that address the needs and pre-existing issues faced at a remote university campus in Central Asia.  UCA is an entrepreneurial institution and the Counsellor will need to be the kind of individual who can develop and deliver innovative programmes and support structures for students. A critical role of the Counsellor will be to steer the development and implementation of a new counselling department and services at UCA. He or she will need to balance experience and first-hand knowledge of best practices with an entrepreneurial sensibility.  

Additional Responsibilities Include:
Health and Psychological Counselling Services 
  • Offer mental health counselling to students on a wide variety of issues including suspected or confirmed mental health problems. 
  • Create awareness among students, faculty and staff regarding mental health, well-being and  diversity issues. 
  • Develop and manage support programs for on campus crises. 
  • Develop and facilitate life skills classes on a variety of topics that help students develop social/emotional intelligence, autonomy, leadership and resiliency skills.
  • Work closely with Student Life Team to help create a healthy campus culture that supports student health and development.
Faculty and Staff 
  • Provide confidential consultation to staff/faculty and their families on an individual basis regarding matters both personal and professional   (i.e. cultural adjustment, stress and mental health problems).
  • Offer a variety of educational and training workshops that support staff and faculty well-being.
Career and Academic Counselling Services 
  • Offer academic counselling to students including but not limited to: academic and learning difficulties (e.g. note-taking, reading comprehension etc.), assessment and intervention for students on academic probation, plagiarism, procrastination, test anxiety and technology addictions; some of this counselling will also be handled by the Registrar’s Office
  • Provide counselling to students regarding employment expectations and career choices by integrating their academic strengths, competencies, values and vocational interests as well as co-op work experiences and labour market opportunities
Desired Qualities and Capacities 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a diverse student body, preferably in the developing world and/or in a rural community
  • A capacity to handle sensitive situations and confidential information with discretion and a genuine concern for student success
  • An understanding of issues and cultural norms experienced by Central Asian students and the appropriate support structures and coping mechanisms that are needed 
  • Experience working with health care professionals to offer integrated mental and health services such as critical incident training
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with academic personnel and leadership
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office 
Minimum Qualifications and Relevant Experience 
  • Graduate Degree in Counselling Psychology from a reputable graduate programme
  • One year of supervised clinical counselling training 
  • Registered with a recognized and relevant professional body 
  • Minimum of one year psychological counselling experience
  • Preference will be given to applicants with two years of personal, mental health, crisis and student success counselling at a post-secondary institution within the past five years
  • Professionalism, tact, accuracy, timeliness, and sensitivity are required to effectively advise students and to maintain and enhance relationships with students 
  • Experience with group and/or workshop facilitation including development of seminars
  • Specialised training and credentials in any areas of critical incident training, mental health training, and/or diversity training is an asset
  • Advanced English and Russian is required; however, for very experienced counsellors Russian may be considered optional 
  • Working knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik, and Kazakh would be an attractive asset
  • Reports to the Manager of Student Affairs, works closely with the Dean of Arts and Sciences on mental health concerns among faculty and staff, and works very closely with the Cooperative Education Office, Faculty and Staff.
Salary and Package
Salary and package to attract the best candidate. 

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to by August 24th 2018 or apply through AKDN Career Centre. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Campus Counsellor” and indicate how you heard about us. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Tajikistan Student Recruiter

Position: Tajikistan Student Recruiter
Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Duty station: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Deadline: Position open until filled

DeadlineJuly 17th 2018. Position will be open until filled.

The School of Arts of Sciences is seeking a Student Recruiter for Tajikistan who will assist in the design and implementation of UCA’s student recruitment strategy. A major component of the role will be the coordination and delivery of visits to high schools across the rural areas of Tajikistan. This is a hands-on recruitment position that will involve implementing student recruitment activities such as but not limited to an on-campus open house (both in Naryn and Khorog campuses), high school visits in Tajikistan (if necessary in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan), information sessions in Tajikistan (if necessary in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan), university fairs, pre-university upgrading programmes (summer and winter camps), online webinars, student and community engagement in all three Founding states and debates and other initiatives that will contribute to a quality number of applicants from Tajikistan.
The information sessions will inform potential applicants, teachers, and parents with accurate information about all aspects of applying to and studying at UCA. The Student Recruiter will help raise UCA’s profile within the wider community including high school principals, teachers, students and their parents, and forge close relationships with potential feeder high schools across rural Tajikistan. The Student Recruiter will also assist with logistics around the admission exam and every stage of the admissions and financial aid process. The Student Recruiter will be expected to work closely with every member of School of Arts and Sciences, and with all other UCA units, such as School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), Graduate School of Development’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration and Mountain Societies Research Institute (IPPA, MSRI), Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit (CHHU), Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP), and Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP). 
  • Experience in higher education marketing, recruitment, and student recruitment and admissions at a senior level;
  • Strong professional familiarity with the Tajikistan secondary and post-secondary education landscape;
  • Strong network of relationships with high school principals across rural Tajikistan; 
  • Experience at building relationships with senior high school students and their parents;
  • Experience managing academic related events;
  • Experience in public speaking and presentation delivery; 
  • Experience building and managing complex schedules, presentations, and travel;
  • Working with marketing to ensure promotional materials and online content and social networking content supports the recruitment effort;
  • Experience with financial aid processes at the university level.
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation, and negotiation skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong operational and logistics management skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse teams;
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short-term and long-term goals;
  • Strong networking skills and ability to connect with individuals and audiences alike;
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Ability to design and maintain tracking of data related to student recruitment.
The position will be based in Dushanbe; Tajikistan however will require travel to Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. It is estimated that the Tajikistan Student Recruiter will be in the field for at least 10 to 15 days per month, from October to June each year due to the nature of the recruitment cycle. Length and location of travel is subject to change.

Advanced English, Russian and Tajik 
  • Bachelor Degree from an internationally recognised higher education institution;
  • Graduate Degree in a relevant subject (Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Higher Education, etc.).
Contract: This position is a full-time contract.
Salary and Package: Salary and package to attract the best candidate. The job description is subject to change.
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to by July 17th 2018. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Tajikistan Student Recruiter”. Applications will be received on a rolling basis and the position is open until filled.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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