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Programme Officer Vacancy at the Japan Foundation London

The Japan Foundation London is seeking to appoint a Programme Officer to carry out the general administration and programming of its work in the area of Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange.

This is a full-time, permanent position, based at our office in central London. Applicants must already be eligible to work in the UK.

Working for the Deputy Director, the post holder will manage all grants applications within this field from initial screening through to grant project completion, and will be responsible for organising and promoting public lecture events.  They will also maintain the public relations portfolio including overseeing the office e-bulletin and website.  Other duties will include proof reading documents in English, liaising as appropriate with other UK based organisations, and acting as a resource for fellow Japanese staff on all matters relating to the UK, including assisting with all general office maintenance arrangements.

The successful appointee will be qualified to at least first-degree level. Practical knowledge of the UK higher education system would be an advantage as well as broad general knowledge of UK policy and practice of international cultural and intellectual exchange. Proven administrative and organisational skills, the ability to work effectively as a team player and excellent IT skills are all essential requirements. IT skills should include proficiency in all MS Office programmes, and intermediate ability in Photoshop as well as experience and understanding of CMS and HTML would be desirable. The appointee must have excellent written and spoken communication skills in English (native speaker level or equivalent). Japanese Language ability to at least N3 (former Level 4) of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) would be advantageous.

The post is tenable from early November 2012.

Salary will be £23k to £25k depending on experience and qualifications

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 2nd October 2012 and interviews are likely to take place during the week starting from 8th October.

Please send your CV and covering letter by post to Noboru Futako, Deputy Director at the address below, outlining the reason for your application and your experience and suitability for the role. Applications will only be accepted by post. Should you be unable to apply by post, please contact us before applying.

Enquiries: Please contact Neil Cantwell on 020 7436 6695 or e-mail

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to:

Mr Noboru Futako, Deputy Director, Japan Foundation London,

Russell Square House, 10 – 12 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5EH, UK