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Consultancy opportunity in Kazakhstan

Key dates

The deadline for submitting applications is Thursday 19 February 2015.


In Kazakhstan, as in other emerging economies, developing a highly-skilled workforce to improve global competitiveness and to drive economic growth is a major government objective. 

The UK has valuable experience in these areas, and the British Council has worked in Kazakhstan over the last 20 years alongside national partners such as Nazarbayev University and JSC Kasipkor Holding, to bring such experience to the country for sharing and exchange. 

Building on this legacy, the British Council held an international conference on Skills, Entrepreneurship and Employment in the 21st Century in Astana in November 2014 in partnership with Nazarbayev University. Amongst other subjects, the conference considered how education providers can help young people make the right career choice, and identified university careers services as important stakeholders in this process.

Subsequent to the conference, the British Council has agreed to collaborate further with Nazarbayev University’s Career and Advising Centre, in the context of the University’s existing programme of job fairs and leadership conferences in 2015, with a view to:

- Sharing the experience of UK universities’ (and other relevant agencies’) career support services (event planned for mid-April 2015)

- Developing the capacity of university and other agency careers support services in Kazakhstan (event planned for June 2015)

- Exploring the appetite and scope for establishing an association of careers centres in Kazakhstan

- Supporting and mentoring the development of such an association.

Consultancy opportunity

The British Council therefore wishes to identify a UK organisation to provide the expertise needed for the above activities. Applicants’ relevant experience should include:

- The strategic planning, development and monitoring of university careers services

- The operational management and delivery of university careers services

- The development of links between university careers services and employers

- The development of links and networks between university and other agency careers services.

How to apply

Applicants interested in being considered for this work should submit a brief (five-page maximum) capability statement describing:

- Their relevant UK experience in the areas needed

- Any relevant international experience in the areas needed

- CVs of the personnel to be deployed for the work (as an annex to the capability statement)

- Daily fees for the personnel to be deployed for the work

Applicants must confirm the availability of their personnel for the events in April and June 2015 described above. Dates for further input will be agreed subsequently.

The British Council will select the UK provider based on the above criteria.

Applications should be submitted to Albina.Tortbayeva@kz.britishcouncil.org.