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Assistant Programme Officer – Position Vacant

Important notice regarding Covid-19:

Although we are still accepting applications for this position up until the deadline (27th March 2020), the screening process has been postponed. This is because the general operations of the Japan Foundation, London have been temporarily changed. We will let all applicants know when the situation changes, and we appreciate your understanding.


Salary: £22k to £26k depending on experience and qualifications


The Japan Foundation is Japan’s principal agent for cultural relations between Japan and other countries.


The Japan Foundation London is seeking to appoint an Assistant Programme Officer to carry out the general administration and programming mainly in the area of Japanese Language Education.


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


Working directly under the supervision of the Deputy Director, the post holder will manage the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) in the UK, process grant programmes. Further responsibilities include a variety of administrative tasks such as maintaining our databased and dealing with enquiries including our book loan services. Other duties will include the role of PA to the Director General. Assisting the Director General and he or she may be also asked to carry out all general office administrative duties, occasionally beyond the main remit.


The post offers considerable scope for someone with initiative, flexibility and a willingness to play a proactive role as well as being a good team player. Applicants should be graduates and have excellent written and spoken communication skills in English (native speaker level or equivalent). Japanese language ability too, at least N2 (former level 2) of the JLPT would be preferable.


Proven excellent administrative skill and experience in the use of the Microsoft Office package are all essential. To be familiar with the use of Photoshop as well as CSS and HTML would be highly advantageous.


The deadline for applications is Friday 27th March 2020.

Interviews including a brief test in computer skills will take place the week commencing 30th March 2020.

The post is tenable from early April 2020.


Applicants should send a CV by post and covering letter to Ms Masayo Hasegawa at the address below, outlining the reason for your application and your experience and suitability for this position.


Enquiries: please contact Masayo Hasegawa 020 7492 6570 or .