An Opportunity to Join our Team

Consultant, Assistant Director of South Asia Programs
based in the Consultant’s Office in Chennai, India

The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia seeks to fill the position of Consultant, Assistant Director of South Asia Programs. The position oversees grants and programs and supports innovative projects in higher education in South Asia. The consultant collaborates with other staff members to design and facilitate new initiatives; build academic networks in South Asia, and report to stakeholders and related groups.   The position is based in the United Board’s Consultant’s office in Chennai, India and reports to the Consultant, Director of South Asia Programs.

Functions and Duties:

  • To oversee assigned programs and work with partner institutions and individual grantees to implement United Board-funded programs efficiently and cost-effectively.
  • To seek out new initiatives that advance the United Board’s mission and priorities and meet challenges and opportunities of higher education in the applicable region.
  • To help and assist the Director in evaluating and recommending funding for proposed projects, evaluating current projects, and preparing reports.
  • To manage and administer Peace Education and Service-learning programs and activities.
  • To work with United Board’s development team and assist the Consultant- Director to identify funding opportunities, cultivate potential donors, and write funding proposals and reports.
  • To maintain ongoing contact with academic administrators and project coordinators in institutions in the region collaborating with the United Board through regular correspondence.
  • To stay abreast of the current issues and problems related to higher education in the region.
  • To support the general work of the United Board as required.
  • To help the Director manage the Consultant’s office and supervise the support staff.

Qualifications and Experience:

Minimum a Master’s degree or the equivalent, Ph.D. is preferable; familiarity with higher education in Asia; some teaching experience preferable; strong English language skills, both verbal and written; familiarity with another Asian language is desirable; experience in grants management, project management, finance management and proposal writing; experience “on the ground” in South Asia with higher education and/or non-governmental organizations or corporations; ability to think strategically and independently while, at the same time, working with a team of colleagues; knowledge and experience in Peace Education and Service-learning. Candidates who are not U.S. citizens must be eligible for a visa to the United States.


The Consultant, Assistant Director of South Asia Programs, must demonstrate the highest moral and ethical standards and a firm commitment to advancing the mission of the United Board. The consultant must be intellectually versatile, possessing or capable of acquiring familiarity with diverse fields of relevance to the United Board’s work, including whole-person education, interreligious understanding, faculty and leadership development. The consultant must move comfortably and respectfully across cultures, work effectively in a highly consultative manner both within the United Board organization and with the diverse program and institutional partners, and help others form effective partnerships. The consultant must possess the intellect, creativity, and imagination to discern new opportunities for the United Board and develop effective program strategies to build on them. Finally, the consultant must be willing and able to reside in Chennai and travel extensively throughout the Asian region and periodically to the United States.

The consultant position will begin as soon as possible with competitive pay. Please apply electronically to Ms. Louisa So at and include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references if you meet the above criteria.

The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia is a non-governmental organization committed to education that develops the whole person – intellectually, spiritually, and ethically.

We draw strength from our Christian identity and values and our collaboration with Asian colleges and universities. Together we prepare individuals for lives of professional and personal fulfillment and meaningful service in the community with others.

As an organization, the United Board encourages equal opportunity. It opposes discrimination on the grounds of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, citizenship, or other protected characteristics established by law.