Current Vacancies

List of current vacancies:

1 | Manager, Civil Society Initiative (Deadline: 30 March 2017)

2 | Campus Librarian (Deadline: 02 Apr. 2017)

3 | Reference and Circulation Librarian (Deadline: 02 Apr. 2017)

4 | Operations Associate (Deadline: 04 Apr. 2017)

5 | Research Associate (Deadline: 04 Apr. 2017)

6 | Russian Editor/Translator (Deadline: Position open until filled)


Manager, Civil Society Initiative

Position: Manager, Civil Society Initiative
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 30 March 2017

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
Civil Society is the foundation of society epitomised by the prevalence of networks of voluntary life in all of its manifestations. Social and economic development is strongly correlated with the strength of civil society. The Civil Society Initiative aims to foster a deeper understanding of the landscape of civil society actors and examine approaches to strengthening their capacity. In this undertaking the Civil Society Initiative, based at UCA, will leverage the Aga Khan Development Network’s vast experience and current practice in this field. The Manager will lead this new initiative whose initial geographical coverage is Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan, and eventually expanding to North-Eastern Afghanistan – that coincides with the location of UCA’s campuses and programmes.

The Manager guided by the Steering Committee will play a critical role in developing a strategic plan for the Civil Society Initiative as a regional initiative, the first phase of this new programme. This involves a granular analysis of the state of civil society, identifying critical sectors and activities to support their growth, and public policies that could frame a more enabling environment for their development. These tasks would be undertaken by engagement with a broad range of regional civil society actors and public officials. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities 
  • Manage all aspects of UCA’s Civil Society Initiative, in particular the analytical work required for the strategic plan;
  • Build strong relationships with a broad range of civil society actors such as NGOs, professional associations, community groups; and public officials at regional and central levels;
  • Work with experts and consultants to develop position papers on strategies for the Civil Society Initiative’s development;
  • Develop and implement a communications strategy;
  • Identify innovative best practices in the region and internationally;
  • Effective reporting to the Steering Committee and facilitating its meetings.
 Required Qualifications and Experience 
  • Analytical skills to develop a sound understanding of the issues and practice of civil society in the region;
  • Excellent writing, communication and networking skills;
  • Experience of work in the civil society sector, record of cross-regional involvement;
  • Relevant education, a post-graduate degree is desirable;
  • High level English and Russian language proficiency required, knowledge of one of the national languages is an asset.
Relationships
The Manager will report to the Dean, Graduate School of Development.
 
Preference will be given to candidates with previous related experience in Central Asia or the former Soviet Union and proficiency in Russian. 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 30 March 2017. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Civil Society Initiative Manager”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Campus Librarian

Position: Campus Librarian
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 02 April 2017

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The Campus Librarian will manage daily operation and policy implementation at the UCA Naryn Library. In consultation with the University Librarian, the Campus Librarian will also plan for the future of the library, and propose and design new services and policies.

Main Duties and Responsibilities  
  • Provide assistance and instruction in using the library's information resources to students, faculty, and other patrons of the library;
  • Through direct involvement, training, and supervision, ensure that cataloging, circulation, and other operations associated with the integrated library system are properly conducted;
  • Work with library colleagues at other campuses of the University of Central Asia.
  • Plan, implement and administer library functions, resources and services based on internationally recognized standards and best practices; 
  • Obtain a good grasp of the curricular offerings and research efforts of the university by developing strong partnerships within the various teaching and research departments to assess, provide and improve library collections and services to meet student and faculty needs;
  • Obtain feedback, compile statistical data, evaluate and assess effectiveness and efficiency of library services;
  • Set priorities and budgets for the staff, facilities, collections, including print, media and electronic that support the university’s curricular and research efforts;
  • Supervise and manage the physical library facilities to ensure these are safe, accessible, effective, efficient and inviting;
  • Exercise line responsibility for supervision, recruitment, retention, and professional development of library personnel; 
  • Work with the IT staff of the university to ensure operation of the integrated library system and access to the library's information resources; and
  • Develop procedural guidelines for processing, presentation, and mending of tangible information resources.
Required Qualifications and Experience 
  • Advanced English;
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in providing services related to information resources, including supervisory experience;
  • Demonstrated familiarity with integrated library systems, online information resources, and instructional technologies;
  • Energetic and ambitious team player who thrives on a challenge and is comfortable working in a start-up environment with limited staffing, and facilities requiring innovative adaptation; and
  • Excellent communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work well with others.  
Desired Qualifications and Experience 
  • Master’s degree in library science or an analogous discipline from an accredited institution; 
  • Experience with the OCLC WorldShare Management Services ILS;
  • Knowledge of and experience with outcomes and assessment of library services; 
  • Experience working in international educational institutions; and
  • Working knowledge of Russian or Kyrgyz 
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 2 April 2017. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Campus Librarian”
 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Reference and Circulation Librarian

Position: Reference and Circulation Librarian
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 02 April 2017

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The Reference and Circulation Librarian will ensure effective reference and circulation services at the Naryn Library. The Reference and Circulation Librarian will also assist the Campus Librarian in planning for the future of the library, and proposing and designing new services and policies.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
The key responsibilities of the Reference and Circulation Services Librarian – UCA Naryn will be to: 
  • Conduct the functions and operations of circulation and reference services, including: train and supervise library assistants; create work schedules; coordinate opening and closing of the library; and provide a range of online and onsite reference services;
  • Propose policies and procedures for circulation and reference services; prepare, submit and analyze reports and statistics, manage circulation process through the integrated library management system and keep track and analyze utilization of reference services;
  • Play a key role in implementing features of the integrated library system and contribute to the performance of all functions required to build a database of library collections, administer the holdings, and generate various reports, including circulation and inventory reports;
  • Become familiar with the stages of implementation of the library’s information resources, including acquisition, access, administration, and measurement of usage;
  • Participate in planning for the use of information technology to develop and deploy innovative, user-centered services;
  • Organise events and exhibits to encourage student and faculty use of library resources and services;
  • Assist in designing and maintaining the library’s website;
  • Teach information literacy instruction sessions, and provide one-on-one assistance at the reference desk and online; and
  • Obtain suggestions from users and liaise with designated academic departments for recommendations about building a collection of relevant library resources.
Required Qualifications and Experience 
  • Advanced English;
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in providing services related to information resources;
  • Demonstrated familiarity with integrated library systems, online information resources, and instructional technologies;
  • Energetic and ambitious team player who thrives on a challenge and is comfortable working in a start-up environment with limited staffing, and facilities requiring innovative adaptation; and
  • Excellent communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work well with others.
Desired Qualifications and Experience 
  • Master’s degree in library science or an analogous discipline from an accredited institution;
  • Experience with the OCLC WorldShare Management Services ILS;
  • Experience working in international educational institutions; and
  • Working knowledge of Russian or Kyrgyz.
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 2 April 2017. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Reference and Circulation Librarian”
 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Operations Associate

Position: Operations Associate
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, with potential travel in the region
Deadline: 04 April 2017

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The University of Central Asia is seeking an Operations Associate to support UCA’s School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) with key operational and project management tasks associate with the launch of UCA’s Khorog Campus. This individual will work primarily with UCA’s Manager of Academic Operations in areas of project management, project tracking, and project implementation including but not limited to: 
  • Support academic input into Campus Commissioning and Campus Construction;
  • Support the Manager of Operations with the managing of logistics associated with moving faculty, staff, and students to the Khorog Campus;
  • Support in the onboarding, hiring, development and training of SAS staff and faculty;
  • Provide operational support to student upgrading initiatives, testing and overall Admissions process;
  • Offer support, when required, with Student Recruitment initiatives including operational support for School Visitations, UCA Campus Events, UCA Mentorship Programme;
  • Support the Manager of Operations with various administrative and operational functions required for the launch of UCA’s Khorog Campus; and
  • Where required, support the Dean of Arts & Sciences and/or the Manager of Academic Partnerships with logistics related to meetings with academic partners.
Overall, this individual should take significant initiative in their work, and be flexible and open to undertake a variety of tasks and assignments based on the needs of the UCA Dean of Arts and Sciences.
 
Required Qualifications and Experience
Experience 
  • 2+ years of experience in operations and/or project management;
  • Proven leadership experience and successful execution of programmes;
  • Well-developed experience and knowledge in qualitative and quantitative research methods;
  • Experience communicating complex information with clarity and a demonstrated high level of analytical thinking;
  • Experience of academic writing;
  • Experience working in a high pressure environments with tight deadlines;
  • Experience working in a development setting; and
  • Familiarity with Central Asian secondary and post-secondary education landscape would be an asset.
Skills 
  • Excellent written, oral, research, and communication skills;
  • High levels of proficiency with MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS Word;
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse teams;
  • Demonstrated initiative, motivation, and determination;
  • Ability to work independently and autonomously in a high-pressure environment; and
  • Strong understanding of confidentiality and handling of sensitive information.
Language 
  • Advanced English; and
  • Proficiency in Russian, Kyrgyz, and/or Tajik would be an asset. 
Education 
  • Bachelor Degree from an internationally recognised university; and
  • Graduate Degree in a relevant subject would be an asset. 
Relationships
The Operations Associate will: 
  • Report to the Manager of Academic Operations and work closely with the Assistant Manager of Academic Operations and other members of the School of Arts and Sciences including but not limited to the Manager of Planning and Development and Manager of Academic Partnerships. 
Salary and International Package: Salary and package to attract the best candidates.
 
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 4 April 2017. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Operations Associate”.
 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Research Associate

Position: Research Associate
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, with potential travel to Tajikistan
Deadline: 04 April 2017

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The University of Central Asia is seeking a Research Associate to support the School of Arts and Sciences with key report and planning tasks. This individual will work primarily with the Manager of Planning and Development in areas of project management, tracking, and implementation including but not limited to: 
  • Provide logistical support with curriculum contextualisation visits and hosting academic partner institutions in Central Asia;
  • Support SAS in drafting reporting documents to the various academic committees including Management and Board Executive Committees;
  • Support the Manager of Planning and Development in providing academic input into Naryn, Khorog, and/or Tekeli Campus construction; and
  • Support in the implementation of campus-based strategies, reporting and quality assurance mechanisms.
Overall, this individual should take significant initiative in their work, and be flexible and open to undertake a variety of tasks and assignments based on the needs of the UCA Dean of Arts and Sciences.
 
Required Qualifications and Experience
Experience 
  • 3+ years of experience in report writing, planning and analysis;
  • Proven leadership experience and successful execution of programmes, including experience in mentorship and/or management;
  • Highly developed experience and knowledge in qualitative and quantitative research methods;
  • Experience communicating complex information with clarity and a demonstrated high level of analytical thinking;
  • Experience of academic writing and developing presentations for internal and external clients;
  • Experience working in a high pressure environments with tight deadlines;
  • Experience working in a development setting, where familiarity with Central Asian education landscape would be an asset; and
  • Support in UCA Khorog Launch operations, including campus commissioning, faculty recruitment visits, and faculty and student movement to respective campuses.
Skills 
  • Excellent written, oral, research, and communication skills;
  • High levels of proficiency with MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS Word;
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse teams;
  • Demonstrated initiative, motivation, and determination;
  • Ability to work independently and autonomously in a high-pressure environment; and
  • Strong understanding of confidentiality and handling of sensitive information 
Language 
  • Advanced English; and
  • Proficiency in Russian, Kyrgyz, and/or Tajik would be an asset. 
Education 
  • Bachelor Degree from an internationally recognized university; and
  • Graduate Degree in a relevant subject would be an asset.
Relationships
The Research Associate will: 
  • Report to the Manager of Planning and Development and work closely with the Assistant Manager and Manager of Academic Operations.
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 4 April 2017. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Research Associate”.
 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Russian Editor/Translator

Position: Russian Editor/Translator
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: Position open until filled

Summary of Position
The Russian Editor is a member of the Content Development function of the UCA Communications and Marketing team. The main function of this support-level position includes  oral interpretation, written translation and editing for various departments within UCA; editing and written translation of UCA communications and marketing materials and managing external translation tasks. The Russian Editor will have a strong command of English and is responsible for editing content for various communications and marketing platforms in Russian (print, online, multimedia, power point, posters, banners), as well as UCA research, materials, institutional reports, strategic plans and proposals, to ensure high quality and brand-appropriate products.

Key Responsibilities
  • Perform timely oral interpretation and written translation, editing to ensure compliance with established requirements for scientific and technical terms and definitions, and consistency with the lexical and semantic content of the source;
  • Proofread, fact check, edit and revise translated materials;
  • Develop and maintain multi-lingual UCA glossary of technical and commonly used terms for use by internal stakeholders and outsourced translators to ensure consistency across multiple languages;
  • Edit content for University communications and marketing outputs, including website content, newsletters, flyers, press releases and other internal and external materials to highlight UCA, AKDN and external brand and value propositions;
  • Continuously improve knowledge of terminology and maintain awareness of topics and events related to performance of job duties and responsibilities;
  • Provide substantive and copy editing services to UCA programmes, including supporting UCA’s three research institutes through the editing of working papers, glossaries and publications;
  • Other tasks as assigned by Director of Communications and Marketing. 
Requirements
  • At least 3 years of work experience as an editor in international or other organisations;
  • Excellent command of writing, editing and speaking in Russian;
  • A strong command of writing and speaking in English is required;
  • Experience working in an international organisation is highly desired;
  • Knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik or Kazakh is an asset;
  • Ability to edit/review large volumes of information in dynamic and high pressure environments;
  • Some knowledge of industry-specific terminology for example in education, construction, finance, economics, statistics, tax or law;
  • Superior editing skills (substantive and copy) in a variety of styles and voices for a range of platforms;
  • Excellent communications skills, including ability to communicate across institutional hierarchy, cultures and locations;
  • Sound judgement to manage confidential information and serve as liaison to partner organisations;
  • Experience in and knowledge of international development, capacity building, education and Central Asia a plus. 
Relationships
The incumbent will report to the Director of Communications and Marketing and work closely with University units and departments across its three founding states.

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 hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 9 August 2016. As your application e-mail subject, please write: "Russian Editor/Translator" and indicate how you heard about us. Applications are open until the position is filled.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.