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Campus Counsellor
Asia (UCA) is a private (not for profit), secular University

  • Apr. 25, 2017
  • Campus Counsellor
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Asia (UCA) is a private (not for profit), secular University
  • Jun. 30, 2017
  • Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
    Faculty Associate
    Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Rehabilitation Counseling/Psychology
    Educational Psychology
    Counseling/Personnel Services
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Campus Counsellor

Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 30 June, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis.

UCA Background

The University of Central Asia (UCA) is a private (not for profit), secular University whose charter has been signed by the Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan, ratified by the parliaments of the founding states and registered with the United Nations. UCA is the first internationally chartered university in the world. UCA’s mission is to foster the socio-economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain societies, while helping the peoples of the region preserve and draw upon their rich cultural heritages as assets for the future.

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities

The University of Central Asia is seeking a full-time Campus 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 as soon as possible. However, the start date is flexible. The successful candidate is primarily responsible for the provision of counselling services to students who are seeking solutions to personal concerns, but the Counsellor will also provide career and academic services to students in both individual, group and class settings.

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 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. The Counsellor will need to be the kind of individual who can develop and deliver innovative programmes and support structures that are responsive to the needs of Central Asian students.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

Health and Psychological Counselling Services

  • Offer mental health assessment and 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 and diversity issues
  • Develop and manage support programs for on campus crises
  • Offer personal counselling to students adjusting to post-secondary studies and living away from home

Desired Qualities and Capacities

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a diverse student body, preferably with experience 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
  • An ability to establish a cooperative work environment and create strong collaborative relationships
  • Proven ability engage students, staff and faculty in developing a healthy campus culture that support student well-being
  • 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
  • Willingness to build expertise in career counselling
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office

Minimum Qualifications and Relevant Experience

  • Graduate Degree in Counselling Psychology from a reputable graduate program
  • One year of supervised clinical counselling training
  • 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
  • Specialized 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 University Counsellor and works closely with the Manager of Student Affairs, 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 30 June 2017. Position open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis. As your application e-mail subject, please write: "Campus Counsellor" and indicate how you heard about us.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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  • The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000. The Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan and His Highness the Aga Khan signed the International Treaty and Charter establishing this secular and private University.

    UCA consists of its Undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Professional and Continuing Education, the Institute of Public Policy and Administration, the Mountain Societies Research Institute, the Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit, the Central Asian Faculty Development Programme and the Aga Khan Humanities Project. The University brings with it the commitment and partner¬ship of the Aga Khan Development Network.

    The University is advancing construction of three residential campuses in Khorog, Tajikistan; Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic; and Tekeli, Kazakhstan that will serve 3,600 students when fully operational. ‎UCA has launched its undergraduate programmes at its campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic with Khorog, Tajikistan operational in 2017 and Tekeli, Kazakhstan anticipated in 2019.

    For more information on UCA, please visit

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Contact Information

  • Human Resources
    Human Resources
    University of Central Asia
    138 Toktogul St.
    Bishkek 720001
  • +996 312 910 822
  • +996 312 910 835


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