Dean of Graduate School of Development

Competitive Salary
Mar 18, 2021
Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Department: Graduate School of Development

Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

Reports to: Rector of the University of Central Asia

Summary of Position

UCA is seeking an experienced and visionary Dean to provide academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership to its Graduate School of Development (GSD) that consists of the Institute of Public Policy and Administration, Mountain Societies Research Institute, Civil Society Initiative, Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit, and the Aga Khan Humanities Project. 

GSD's mission is to generate and disseminate research on issues facing societies' development in Central Asia, especially its vast mountain regions. It aims to enhance civil society actors and public authorities' ability to search for solutions to complex problems and nurture a new generation of thought and policy leaders. The Dean should, thus, have a keen understanding of societal and environmental change in the region, especially challenges facing the low-and lower-middle-income countries, and approaches for engaging critical audiences in disseminating research. 

The Dean would be a recognized authority in a field relevant to understanding socio-economic and environmental issues and have a distinguished record of research that includes inquiry seeking solutions to real-world problems. The Dean would be a successful fundraiser, leading major research initiatives and having a strong international network.  The candidate should have experience designing and teaching post-graduate programmes and demonstrate a keen appreciation for interdisciplinary approaches.


Key Responsibilities Include

Research: Conducts, promotes, encourages, and supports in-depth analysis on current and emerging policy and environmental issues in the region, as well as trans-disciplinary research to help inform and contribute to the work of the institutes and constituent units of GSD. 

Development: Oversees the implementation of activities to enhance the analytical capacity of governments and civil society to use evidence in decision-making processes. Support Visiting Fellows Programme, Post-Graduate Certificate and post-graduate degree programmes that help build human resource in the region.  

Work with civil society: Facilitates learning networks around key themes of good governance, health, education, rule of law and the environment to foster a more enabling policy and administrative environment for civil society in Central Asia and assist the development of a broad spectrum of civil society actors.

Work with partner institutions: Guides the development of partner university and research institute linkages to enhance the work of GSD. 

Preservation of cultural heritage: Oversees activities to preserve and promote the rich and diverse cultural heritages of the region through research, documenting, archiving and support of regional scholars.

Staff: Leads recruitment, development and retention of research fellows and other academic staff with a particular focus on Central Asia. The Dean will guide the professional development of staff and make recommendations on their promotions. 

Funding: Lead the development of discipline-focused, as well as, multidisciplinary proposals for funding to support research and development activities of GSD.

Required Qualifications and Experience 

  • PhD or equivalent in a relevant field, together with a distinguished record of scholarly accomplishments.
  • A demonstrated track record spanning more than ten years of administrative experience in academic/research leadership positions. 
  • Experience in university academic policy planning, development, and administration.
  • Previous experience of work in the region.
  • Advanced English is required. 
  • Knowledge of Russian would be an important asset. 


How to Apply

Please send your cover letter, CV and contact information of three references to The regular deadline for application is 1 May 2021, however, applications will continue to be accepted thereafter until the selection of a candidate. Kindly write “Dean, Graduate School of Development” as your application e-mail's subject.  


A competitive remuneration package to attract the best candidate would be provided.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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