Kabul, Afghanistan (AF)
14 Nov 2016
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14 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), the country's only private, not-for-profit, non-partisan, coeducational institution of higher education, seeks a President.

The University

AUAF is central to the continuing development of Afghanistan. An English-language university with an American-style curriculum, AUAF is modelled on the great American universities in Beirut and Cairo that have shaped higher education in the region. Since opening in 2006, AUAF has grown from an initial enrollment of 50 to over 1,700 students in the undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs; growth to 3,000 is planned. The current student body seeking degrees is 42% female. AUAF's graduates have been successful at receiving Fulbright, Chevening, and DAAD scholarships to continue their education. An additional 1,500 students are enrolled in continuing education courses. The faculty of more than 50 Afghans, Americans, and other nationalities from 15 countries hold masters and doctoral degrees from prominent US and international universities. AUAF maintains partnerships with a number of leading institutions, including Babson College, Stanford University and the University of Maryland.

The university is governed by an autonomous Board of Trustees composed of Afghan, American, and international academic, business, and civic leaders. AUAF is playing a leading role in the Afghan accreditation process overseen by the Afghanistan Ministry of Higher Education and also is seeking U.S. accreditation. The university is a member of the American Council on Education and an Associate Member of the Association of American International Colleges and Universities. USAID provides significant support for the university's $20 million annual budget, supplemented by tuition and fee income, philanthropic donations, and contracts and grants. A cooperative agreement with USAID provides direct support for AUAF through 2018, with additional support from the Department of Defense, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, and programmatic support from the World Bank.

The university offers bachelor degrees in Business; IT, Political Science & Public Administration; and Law, in collaboration with Stanford Law School. All undergraduate programs include a strong liberal arts core requirement. The current graduate program offerings at AUAF consisting of an MBA program, and an MA in Education program will be continuously expanded.

AUAF also has established several Centers of Excellence to broaden the university's reach beyond its degree programs. The AUAF International Center for Afghan Women's Economic Development (Women's Center) functions as a headquarters to incubate female-led businesses, provide business training to female entrepreneurs, funnel investment capital to promising women-run businesses, and provide women access to all the business and information technology (IT) assets at the AUAF. Also housed in the Women's Center, the AUAF Business Innovation Hub (Biz Hub) partners with existing Afghan businesses and takes an integrated and long-term holistic approach to accelerate business growth. Its businesses work alongside a team of experienced professionals who are committed to their expansion and success. The AUAF Professional Development Institute (PDI) offers a wide range of short-term certificate programs to businesses, government agencies, and NGOs. The Women's Center, Biz Hub, and PDI operate on the Kabul campus as well as in the four regional centers.

The university's new modern campus, a 60-acre walled site, is located in the government district of Afghanistan's capital city adjacent to the new Parliament Building, Attorney General Office, and nine ministries. Students study in state-of-the-art classrooms, computer and science laboratories, video-conferencing facilities, and a comprehensive research library. Additional information is available at

The Position
Preferred candidate qualifications include an earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited American-model university, significant leadership, administrative, and financial management experience in an academic, government, foundation, or business organization; demonstrated ability to work effectively with stakeholders and local authorities in a multicultural environment, a record of resource development and fluency in English. International experience, preferably in the region or other developing country, is a plus. Compensation and benefits are competitive. The position is available beginning January 2017.

Korn/Ferry International, which is assisting in this search, invites confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications. All communications will be held in absolute confidence. Applications should be sent electronically to and include a current CV and letter explaining interest and relevant experience.