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JOB- Country Director, Americal Councils, Kazakhstan, Almaty

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JOB- Country Director, Americal Councils, Kazakhstan, Almaty

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American Councils
Country Director
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Position Description


The Country Director is responsible for maintaining American Councils
for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS organizational relations in
Kazakhstan overseeing internal operations, and providing overall
supervision of American Councils programs in country. The Country
Director coordinates all administrative and programmatic tasks in the
region including: recruiting, advertising, tracking, testing,
assisting interview teams, directing alumni and follow on activities,
and managing and accounting for office expenses. The Country Director
position, located in Almaty, reports to the Regional Director for
Central Asia and works with Washington based program managers.


* Maintains American Councils organizational relations in Kazakhstan
with relevant US government offices and institutions (the US embassy,
PAS, USAID, and other US government agencies); with national
government and private institutions (government ministries, agencies
and offices; national corporations; American Councils' institutional
partners); with the in-country offices of American organizations and
foundations; and, with the international and domestic press;
* Oversees American Councils internal operations in Kazakhstan;
coordinates the activities of program staff; and advises staff on
American Councils policies and employment matters regarding local
national employees;
* Responsible for all in-country activities of the USAID-funded
Community Connections Program; supports Regional Director and DC
based Community Connections staff in developing and monitoring
budgets, negotiations and reporting program activities to USAID;
* Provides overall supervision of American Councils programs in
Kazakhstan by communicating, as needed, with country-based staff
members concerning academic, operational, and other policy matters as
affected by the region's political, economic and cultural conditions;
* Communicates regularly with, and makes recommendations to, the
Regional Director for Central Asia, the Washington-based VP overseeing
field operations and other staff on general program matters, on
perceptions of American Councils programs and on the influence of
local conditions on the organization's programs in Kazakhstan;
* Assists US-, Kazakhstan, and other NIS-based program staff in
developing new programs and seeking new funding sources for ongoing or
prospective projects; assists in coordinating the work of American
Councils offices in the host country and works to further external
relations there;
* Assists in coordinating work in other regions, as needed;
* Plan and execute innovative alumni programming throughout country;
* Supervises staff, coordinates development of programs, and oversees
internal operations of auxiliary centers such as Educational Advising
Center, Alumni Center, Computer Based Testing Center; and
* Manages all general office administrative matters such as
budgeting, finance and negotiating contracts; interacting with
landlords, etc.


* Fluency in Russian or Kazakh vital;
* Bachelor's degree (graduate degree strongly preferred) related to
region in: economics, international education or development, history
or related area;
* Five years professional-level program management experience;
* Overseas work/living experience, preferably in Kazakhstan;
demonstrated interest in Central Asia;
* Supervisory experience; experience supervising local national staff
* Grants management and business development experience;
* Experience working with Western institutions of higher education
(admissions, placement, advising, etc);
* Cross-cultural skills; and
* Strong written and oral communication skills (English, Russian
and/or Kazakh)


Send letter/resume and salary requirements to HR Department, American
Councils, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036.
Fax: 202-572-9095 or 202-833-7523; email: . Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

American Councils improves education at home and abroad through the
support of international research, the design of innovative programs,
and the exchange of students, scholars, and professionals around the
world. American Councils employs a full-time professional staff of
over 370, located the U.S. and in 40 cities in 24 countries of Eastern
Europe, Eurasia, Asia and the Middle East.

Dawn Blackwell
Human Resource Generalist
American Councils for International Education:ACTR/ACCELS
Phone: 202/833-7522
Fax: 202/572-9095

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