Careers

We are looking for candidates who share our mission and vision and want to make a difference and contribute to improving the quality of life. If you are looking for multicultural environment, wide range of training and career opportunities and want to be a part of an academic world, consider applying for a job at GSPP.

Benefits for academic staff:

  • Internationally competitive salary;
  • Holiday leave of 56 days per annum;
  • Two flights for the appointee and dependents home per annum;
  • International health insurance;
  • Housing for the appointee and dependents;
  • Assistance for relocation expenses including air fares for the appointee and dependents;
  • Mentorship in teaching and research from senior colleagues from strategic partner- LKYSPP;
  • Faculty exchange program;
  • Funding to conduct preliminary research work.

Benefits for administrative staff:

  • Competitive salary;
  • Holiday leave of 30 days per annum;
  • Premium health insurance;
  • Housing opportunity*;
  • Mentorship and shadowing from senior colleagues from strategic partner- LKYSPP;
  • Training and development.

* Housing allocation for administrative staff is subject to University selection criterias

Job advertisement

Postdoctoral positions


The Graduate School of Public Policy (GSPP) at Nazarbayev University invite applications for postdoctoral positions in Public Policy. We aim to support highly promising scholars trained in International Economic, Financial Policy, Macroeconomic Policy, Public Policy Analysis, Health Policy Management, Public Administration, Political Science and related areas to promote the development of young and outstanding academics in Public Policy. Applicants must be a recent Ph.D. degree holder. They may not be employed by another institution during the term of their GSPP appointment. The scheme is open to nationals of all countries. Candidates selected will undertake a research project in an area of public policy or Public Management in which the GSPP conducts research. Candidates will be expected to contribute the equivalent of up to two courses each year in the graduate programs of the School.

Information on Nazarbayev University

Nazarbayev University (NU) – located in Astana, Kazakhstan – is a new Western-style, English-language institution, created with the support of other leading university partners around the world. NU’s international partners include six of the top 30 universities in the world, including University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cambridge University, University College London and National University of Singapore. The University follows the rigorous admission standards laid out by its international partners and accepts only the best students from the region. NU’s Graduate School of Public Policy enrolled its first students in 2013. The School’s partner institution is the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Conditions of Employment:
The term of appointment is one year, with the expectation of renewal for one further year with good performance. An attractive remuneration package is included. Available upon request.

Application Procedure:

Candidates should submit the following documents in electronic form (MS Word or PDF file) to nugspp_hiring@nu.edu.kz:

  • Cover letter
  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact details of three referees
  • Brief statement of past and current research

 

Full Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor


The Graduate School of Public Policy (GSPP) at Nazarbayev University, invites applications to join our international faculty and to share in our vision of becoming the leading public policy school in Kazakhstan and the Central Asia region. Candidates must have the requisite teaching, research and public policy experience to contribute to curriculum development, innovative pedagogy and international scholarship. Experience with public sector organizations, consultancies with international organizations, leadership in the development of relevant educational institutions and teaching experience in Asia will be regarded as strong additional qualifications.

Applications are particularly invited from candidates with an established record of research and teaching in the following areas:

    • International Economic and Financial Policy
    • Macroeconomic Policy
    • Public Policy Analysis
    • Health Policy and Management
    • Urban and Transport Policy
    • Water Policy and Management
    • Social Policy
    • International Security and Conflict Resolution

Qualification requirements:

  • PhD in Public Policy, Public Administration, Economics, Political Science or a related discipline with a public policy focus
  • Relevant academic teaching and research experience: Full Professor – at least 2 years at full professor or 5 years at associate professor level; Associate Professor – at least 2 years at associate professor or 5 years at assistant professor level
  • International research profile – Publications in international peer reviewed journals on policy-relevant topics; success in attracting competitive funding; awards and prizes from relevant professional/academic associations

Information on Nazarbayev University

Nazarbayev University (NU) – located in Astana, Kazakhstan – is a new Western-style, English-language institution, created with the support of other leading university partners around the world. NU’s international partners include six of the top 30 universities in the world, including University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cambridge University, University College London and National University of Singapore. The University follows the rigorous admission standards laid out by its international partners and accepts only the best students from the region. NU’s Graduate School of Public Policy enrolled its first students in 2013. The School’s partner institution is the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Conditions of Employment:

The appointment is on 3-year renewable contracts and will be subject to annual performance reviews. An attractive remuneration package will include:

  • Internationally competitive salary;
  • Holiday leave of 56 days per annum;
  • Two flights for the appointee and dependents home per annum;
  • International health insurance;
  • Housing for the appointee and dependents;
  • Assistance for relocation expenses including air fares for the appointee and dependents.

Application Procedure:

Candidates should submit the following documents in electronic form (MS Word or PDF file) to nugspp_hiring@nu.edu.kz:

  • Cover letter
  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact details of three referees
  • Teaching dossier including teaching evaluations
  • Samples of course outlines
  • Brief statement of past and current research

 

Teaching Assistant at the Graduate School of Public Policy (full-time and part-time possible)


Key and functional tasks of the position

Teaching Assistant (TA) is required for the Graduate School of Public Policy (GSPP) to assist Faculty.

TAs are considered by NU to be “faculty-in-training”. TA position is a first, important, step in the academic career.

TAs serving as graduate instructors. TAs who are full-time NU graduate students are eligible to serve as “graduate instructors”, with additional teaching duties and responsibilities up to and including teaching a course, under the certain conditions:

The key responsibilities:

  • support the faculty in his/her teaching;
  • administer course-related matters;
  • assist faculty in monitoring and assessing student performance;
  • communicate course assignments and exercises to students;
  • organise tutorials for students;
  • assist the faculty in conducting world-class research relevant for Kazakhstan(to be determined the equal allocation of time to assist to all faculty);
  • attend briefings and meetings convened by the faculty;
  • actively participate in the development of the GSPP (take part in organization of School events, translation of School documents such as program description, brochures).
Business trips: Envisaged
Education:

MA or Msc

Academic background in applied economics, public policy and/or public administration at the Masters level

  • Quantitative skills used in economics, statistics, and Public Policy are an asset.
Professional knowledge and personal qualities:
  • experience and understanding of the Central Asian and Kazakh context would be an advantage for teaching modules in the area of public policy and public administration;
  • ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • research interest and experience suitable for GSPP teaching and research area
  • previos work experience in academic environment
  • knowledge of educational tools and methods
  • familiarity withpedagogical issue
Proficiency in languages, including state language (list of languages): Excellent oral and written command of English is required; good oral and written command of Kazakh and/or Russian is an asset.
Computer skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office package. Excel very important. Stata is preferable.
Final date of CV submission: Until filling

 

Instructor


Information on Nazarbayev University

Nazarbayev University (NU) – located in Astana, Kazakhstan – is a new Western-style, English-language institution, created with the support of other leading university partners around the world. NU’s international partners include six of the top 30 universities in the world, including University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cambridge University, University College London and National University of Singapore. The University follows the rigorous admission standards laid out by its international partners and accepts only the best students from the region. NU’s Graduate School of Public Policy enrolled its first students in 2013. The School’s partner institution is the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Qualifications To be appointed to the position of Instructor, an individual should have a graduate degree from a recognized accredited or attested university in his/her field of specialization. An individual with a Master’s degree should have at least three years of post-Master’s teaching and scholarly experience at an institution of higher education.er education. Research is encouraged. The research requirements can be waived for a faculty member involved with academic administration, committee work, or course coordination.
Program Coordination

Oversee the coordination and academic progress per Policy Analysis Exercise/Final Project program objectives. Prepare reports and data related to both programs as requested by the Vice Dean. Evaluates Policy Analysis Exercise/Final Project curriculum and education strategies annually to improve effectiveness.
Organize, schedule, coordinate, and promote Policy Analysis Exercise/Final Project academic workshops, student abroad content, feedback sessions, meetings, presentation conferences, and graduation activities.

Academic Enhancement

Hold weekday, evening, and weekend drop-in and scheduled advising hours to advise and tutor masters and doctoral students in reading comprehension, writing, and academic English language skills for department wide offerings in 1-1 settings as well as in small group settings. Evaluate and address individual student ability and potential regarding their writing/communication skills and then work with that student and course faculty to improve those skills as needed.
Evaluate and analyze enrollment trends, student satisfaction, and related student academic reading, writing, and oral presentation services to guarantee academic success. Identify gaps between needs and existing resources and services; work with GSPP leadership and NU resources (including the NU graduate writing center) to generate creative and effective resolutions that connect students with academic and administrative solutions.
Act as the GSPP liaison with NU Library services and organize activities to increase student awareness and usage of NU Library data, journals, facilities, professionals throughout GSPP coursework.
Drawing on knowledge of the fields of English for Academic Purposes and andragogy, contribute to a writing culture by reviewing course/program design and partnering with faculty to provide targeted tutoring and integration of activities and assignments utilizing experiential and project-based learning, content-based learning, and instructional technology that will further assist student growth as high performing readers and writers. Develop supplemental course materials for faculty and share these materials with colleagues. This includes, collecting, organizing, and analyzing data that is helpful in developing and reviewing curriculum enhancement effectiveness.

Institutional Engagement

Write and edit curriculum materials such as student activities, instructional guides, handbooks, educator support materials, etc.  Assist with writing and editing department publications for external audiences.  Contributing to the development of website, news items, case write-ups, publication summaries, and event descriptions content. Contribute to the proofreading of faculty course materials and draft publications as needed.

In collaboration with faculty advisors and administrative staff, develop, organize, and administer new student orientation and returning student re-entry activities.

Develop, coordinate, and execute new faculty orientation and onboarding to departmental programs, committees, procedures, resources, Policy Analysis Exercise/Final Project program objectives, etc.

Under the guidance of the Dean and in collaboration with administrative staff, coordinate departmental education abroad strategic objectives, programing, logistics, evaluation, review, and reporting.

Assist with the organization of and participate in GSPP functions, such as graduations, ceremonies, student team building, open house recruitment or outreach events, career/college fairs, executive education, and other activities as requested.

Serve on departmental and university-wide committees as needed.

Application Procedure:

Candidates should submit the following documents in electronic form (MS Word or PDF file) to nugspp_hiring@nu.edu.kz:

  • Cover letter
  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact details of three referees
  • Brief statement of past and current research

The vacancies will remain open until filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Interested candidates are encouraged to find out more about the Graduate School of Public Policy at: http://gspp.nu.edu.kz/

For more information, please contact Yerlan Agaidarov (yerlan.agaidarov@nu.edu.kz)