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Status: Open
Department: Office of Legal Affairs
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Closing Date: 06/08/2022

The Director, Legal Affairs will be responsible for provision of leadership and management to the Legal Affairs functions across UCA.

Main duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the protection of UCA’s legal and accreditation status in the Founding States, legal compliance, planning and operations, including contracts and MOUs with its property development contractors, real estate matters, UCA’s institutional policies and procedures, and agreements with partner universities and AKDN partners;
  • Ensure that UCA policies and practices are in compliance with the International Treaty, local, regional, and international agreements and laws;
  • Assist with overseeing the administration of substantial construction contracts across the three campuses of UCA;
  • Ensure that UCA facilities, programmes, intellectual property, privacy, research, and publications are protected under applicable local and international laws as appropriate;
  • Oversee UCA’s legal risk management requirements;
  • Provide legal advice and review for all UCA units and operations (e.g. construction, human resources, finance, and government relations);
  • Advise on institutional relations with governments in the Founding States, working with AKDN Resident Representative Offices as necessary in this regard.
  • Any other tasks relevant to this position’s main roles and responsibilities as assigned by its supervisor

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced degree in law or other relevant field;
  • A minimum of 10 years of progressive experience that demonstrates success in the field of contract law, commercial law and construction law, with a substantial international or institutional background, preferably with international organizations or expertise in laws relating to contracts, commercial transactions, construction, insurance, procurement, and real estate development; particularly in an international context;
  • Excellent negotiation skills and interpersonal skills to function autonomously and effectively in a multicultural environment at senior levels as well as extensive negotiations experience relating to international transactions, including international financing transactions;
  • Knowledge in negotiating and administering substantial construction contracts;
  • Experience in formulating and applying legal policy for international organizations and multi-national projects;
  • Outstanding English-language communications skills (written and oral), including presentations, facilitation and conflict mediation skills and excellent interpersonal skills to function effectively in multicultural environments;
  • Cultural and gender sensitivity, flexibility, and multidisciplinary approach to work effectively with diverse constituencies at the local, regional, and international levels;
  • Ability to identify and competently manage services procured from external counsel;
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively within and outside of the Central Asian Region to address issues relevant to the core duties and responsibilities of this position.

Candidates from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 08 June 2022. Applications will be reviewed when received. Early applications are strongly encouraged. In your application e-mail subject, please write: “Director, Legal Affairs ”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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