Director (UCA Summer Upgrading Camp)

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UCA Summer Upgrading Camp 2019 Director (2 positions)

Location: Naryn, Kyrgyzstan and Khorog, Tajikistan
Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Duration: April 2019 (home-based), May 1st - July 26, 2019 (in Naryn and Khorog)
Deadline: April 12th 2019

Summary of Position
UCA is hosting its fifth Summer Upgrading Camp for 160 (Grade 9 and Grade 10) students from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan at its Naryn and Khorog campuses. During the camps, students receive English language, Mathematics and Science upgrading, as well as participate in a range of academic and non-academic sporting and recreational activities. The camps will be held simultaneously on both campuses from July 1-19 2019.

The Camp Director will be responsible for the overall planning and implementation of the Summer Upgrading Camp Programme, including the supervision, guidance, and direction of camp management team (Assistant Director and a team of local and international counsellors). The Camp Director will serve as a focal point for all camp related matters, liaising with Academic Leads/Faculty, UCA staff and external service providers. There is an expectation of strong organisational and leadership skills; strong people management and communication skills; and high level of stress resilience and problem-solving ability.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
April 2019 (Home-based/distance working)

  • Hiring and on-boarding of Camp Management Team (Assistant Camp Director, International/Local Counsellors) in accordance with UCA recruitment procedures and regulations

May - July 2019 (Campus-based):

  • Supporting Academic Leads in recruitment of Faculty for the Upgrading Camp and conducting on-boarding on their arrival
  • Managing HR/Finance/Admin related documentation in all new hires
  • Developing a detailed Operational Plan for the Upgrading Camp
  • Overseeing the Upgrading Camp budget and tracking any variations
  • Preparing and conducting pre-camp training and post-camp debriefing sessions for Faculty and Counsellors
  • Developing Camp Academic Upgrading Schedule (jointly with Academic Leads) and the Evening Programme Manual
  • Management of the Camp Management Team throughout the camp (Assistant Camp Director and Counsellors)
  • Overseeing the Evening Programme Execution
  • Overseeing the Camp Schedules (Classrooms, Sports and Evening Activity)
  • Monitoring the well-being of participants and the team
  • Writing up a final report and a turnkey manual
  • Finalising all payments and paperwork

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum 3 years of related experience
  • Experience running a summer camp or youth educational programme would be an asset
  • Experience working in a team and supervising staff of 10-15 people/students from mixed cultural, social and educational backgrounds
  • CPR and First Aid Certifications required prior to the start of the camp
  • Excellent leadership, communications, organisational, team-building and problem-solving skills are required
  • Ability to observe and assess staff and camp behavior, monitor safety regulations and emergency procedures


  • Native-like proficiency in English
  • Knowledge of Russian would be an asset

Reporting Relationship

  • The position reports to the Manager of Academic Operations

How to Apply
To apply for the position, please visit the AKDN Career Centre or please send us cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references by April 12th 2019. Please use: “Summer Camp Director” as the subject header and indicate how you heard about us.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000 as a private, not for profit, secular university through an International Treaty signed by the Presidents of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan; ratified by their respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations. The Presidents are the Patrons of the University and His Highness is the Chancellor. UCA’s mission is to promote the social and economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain communities, by offering an internationally recognized standard of higher education, and enabling the peoples of the region to preserve their rich cultural heritage as assets for the future. UCA brings with it the broader commitment and partnership of the Aga Khan Development Network.

UCA consists of three schools including the Undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Development (Institute of Public Policy and Administration, Mountain Societies Research Institute, Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit), and the School of Professional and Continuing Education. UCA also includes the Central Asian Faculty Development Programme, and the Aga Khan Humanities Project. UCA’s undergraduate programmes are located at its residential campuses in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan, and Khorog, Tajikistan. The Tekeli campus in Kazakhstan is expected to start classes in 2021/2022.


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