Country Director, Turkmenistan

American Councils for International Education

About the organization

The world’s most successful institutions and determined nations work with American Councils for International Education through cultural exchange, language training, and professional development.

Since 1974, our educational portfolio has grown to include 148 countries important to national security, prosperity, and peace. Our programs are backed by thorough research to ensure their quality and integrity. Our participants represent a spectrum of learners, from high school through the postdoctoral and professional level.

To date, we have built a community of more than 100,000 alumni, including national leaders, ministers, members of parliament, ambassadors, and CEOs.

Duties

• Advises senior leadership and program managers on Turkmenistan’s social, political, economic and cultural conditions, as they may affect programs and desired approaches;
• Maintains and develops American Councils organizational relations in country with relevant U.S. government offices and institutions (the U.S. embassy/consulate, USAID, and other U.S. government agencies); and with the host country government and private institutions (government ministries, agencies and offices; national corporations; institutional partners);
• Participates directly in FLEX recruitment, including recruitment travel, presentations, interviews with finalist candidates, testing, correspondence, and meetings with parents, applicants and finalists;
• Meets with ministry and U.S. government officials regularly to provide appropriate information and overview of competition processes and alumni activities; keeps them informed appropriately;
• Develops country office practices that are in compliance with local legislation, U.S. grant requirements, global American Councils policies, and program policies or procedures;
• Hires for approved positions, prepares contracts and maintains files for host country national staff, trains and oversees staff, conducts performance reviews, monitors proper submission of timesheets; and
• Provides oversight for maintenance of local website and intranet materials pertinent to local office.

Qualifications

• Experience with management, oversight, and administration of a varied program portfolio, including budget management;
• Five or more years of supervisory experience; experience supervising host-country national staff preferred;
• Three of more years working/living overseas, preferably in the region; demonstrated interest in the region and its culture; and
• Strong understanding of the history and cultures of Central Asia and Turkmenistan;
• Experience traveling extensively and working under difficult conditions;
• Direct experience with the U.S. secondary and tertiary school system and living in U.S. communities;
• Superior English written and verbal communication skills, and professional proficiency in one or more languages used in the country (including Russian);
• Demonstrated cross-cultural skills;
• Master's degree in international education or development, history, economics, or related area.

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