Senior Editor and Technical Writer — University of Central Asia

The Senior Technical Writer and Editor is a senior member of Content Development function of the UCA Communications and Marketing team. Responsible for conceptualising, writing and editing content for various communications and marketing platforms (print, online, multimedia, power point, posters, banners), as well as UCA research, materials, institutional reports, strategic plans and proposals, to ensure high quality and brand-appropriate products. Provides strategic inputs and content for external materials and internal resources. The Writer/Editor also develops internal communications policies, protocols and guides and mentors fellows and volunteers to help build internal systems and capacity. The Editor reports to the Head of Communications and Marketing.

Key responsibilities:

  • Conceptualise and develop content for University communications and marketing outputs, including website content, newsletters, flyers and press releases and other materials, including writing and editing content, fact checking, updating and verifying information.
  • Work with University leadership and programme staff across functions and locations to gather and synthesise information and produce accessible, engaging, high quality outputs for use in internal and external platforms.
  • Develop content for institutional publications to shape and support institutional and programme development and fundraising.
  • Develop and write UCA stories to highlight UCA brand and value proposition for UCA, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and external news platforms.
  • Develop strategic approaches and documentation to further institutional and communications and marketing objectives.
  • Provide strategic analysis, strategic content and fact checking to ensure consistency, political sensitivity and institutional history in various phases of UCA’s development.
  • Serve as Editor of UCA News and UCA News e-blasts. Work with Head of Communications and Marketing and Media Production and Design Manager to ensure congruence in content, design and production.
  • Develop and update internal communications policies and protocols, such as UCA Editorial Style Guide and UCA Writing Guide.
  • Mentor fellows, interns and volunteers, with a focus on writing and editorial skills, strategic approaches, quality control, institutional history and consistency.
  • Provide substantive and copy editing services to UCA programmes as part of programme development, capacity building and branding, including as Copy Editor for Institute of Public Policy and Administration Working Paper and Occasional Paper Series and glossaries, and editor of publications in the Cultural Heritage Book Series.
  • Support programme staff to enhance English-language writing and publishing skills.
  • Contribute to UCA research outputs.
  • Prepare and review content for institutional documents, including UCA Annual Report, department reports and proposals to donors.
  • Serve as a liaison between UCA Communications and Marketing and Washington-based partners, such as Aga Khan Foundation USA and International Food Policy Institute.
  • Other tasks as assigned by Head of Communications and Marketing.


  • A master’s degree and experience in a relevant field (international development, education, communications, journalism, english).
  • Superior writing skills in a variety of styles and voices for a range of platforms.
  • Exacting editing skills; both substantive editing and copy editing.
  • Proven ability to analyse and efficiently process written and verbal information to create engaging and accessible content for a range of internal and external platforms.
  • Experience developing institutional documents, such as strategic plans, annual and programme reports and proposals.
  • Experience and comfort working in evolving institutions.
  • Proven ability to produce high volumes of high quality content under pressure.
  • Solid record in publishing in a range of media.
  • Excellent communications skills, including ability to communicate across institutional hierarchy, cultures and locations.
  • Sound judgement to manage confidential information and serve as liaison to partner organisations.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Highly accomplished skills to work in a range of international writing and editorial styles,such as Oxford, Chicago and AP styles and the ability to adapt to UCA and AKDN institutional specificities and linguistic preferences.
  • Experience in and knowledge of international development, capacity building, education and Central Asia a plus.


The position will be based in the Kyrgyz Republic with travel within Central Asia.


The incumbent will report to the Head of Communications and Marketing and work closely with the Student Recruitment and Academic Affairs team.

Salary and Package:

Salary and package to attract the best candidate. The job description is subject to change.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to by 26 November. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Senior Editor and Technical Writer” and indicate how you heard about us.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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