Japan Local Government Centre (JLGC) London > JLGC Recruitment: Research and Programmes Assistant


JLGC Recruitment: Research and Programmes Assistant

Closing date for applications: 5pm, 16 December 2019

The Japan Local Government Centre (JLGC) is the London Office of the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR), a Japanese government-affiliated foundation that works to support the internationalisation efforts of local governments in Japan through providing training opportunities, fostering people-to-people exchange with the JET Programme and other initiatives, supporting multiculturalism, and by carrying out research on their behalf.

An opportunity has opened for a Research and Programmes Assistant in our London office.  In this new role you will provide assistance across the office’s work, including delegation support, research, assistance for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme and so on. Degree-educated and a good communicator, you should possess the organisational skills to equip you to handle the varied work the office generates on behalf of its member authorities, as well as the personal skills that will enable you to work in an inter-cultural environment.  Ideally you will have an interest in Japan, cities and the European countries in which we work, if not language proficiency and experience in any or all of these.

Please see the role profile and recruitment details in full below:

Job title:         Research and Programmes Assistant

Location:        Whitehall, Central London

Salary:            £27,840

Duration:        One-year contract, available from 8 January 2020
(Possible extension for one more year)

Role profile

(1) Delegation support

  • Coordinating research appointments and advising on research strategy for research delegations from Japan visiting local authorities and other organisations
  • Preparing materials for delegations 

(2) Research

  • Support in drafting responses to research requests from Japan regarding the public sector in the UK and northern European countries
  • Assistance for research commissioned by public sector organisations in Japan, collecting and providing information
  • Assistance in researching and drafting of reports

(3) Assistance for programmes

  • Assisting coordination with UK and European local authorities and with holding events hosted by the Japan Local Government Centre
  • Assisting coordination with UK and European local authorities for international exchange programmes

(4) Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme

  • Assistance with activities by JET Alumni Association (JETAA) as required
  • Liaising with the JETAA individual associations to give support when and if required

(5) Assistance with general affairs

  • Liaising with partner organisations
  • Assistance with public relations
  • Assistance with the training of staff seconded from Japan
  • Other duties as may be required


  • Essential: Graduate
  • Essential: Excellent English language ability (for report and letter writing etc.)
  • Essential: Excellent communication and organisational skills, as well as reliability and punctuality
  • Essential: Knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)
  • Desirable: Working level knowledge of public administration
  • Desirable: Experience of Japan and Japanese language proficiency
  • Desirable: Ability in another Northern European language (German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, or Norwegian) 

Work hours and annual leave

Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week

  • 20 days annual leave plus bank holidays per year
  • During the probationary period (3 months), holiday entitlement accrues but you may not take paid holidays.
  • 3 extra paid holidays during summer
  • 29 December to 3 January extra paid holidays


  • Interviews will be held on 6 (PM) and 7 (AM) of January 2020 at our London office, successful applicants will be notified of their interview time by 20 December 2019.
  • The interview will be conducted mostly in English with some Japanese (where the applicant has Japanese ability)

To apply

  • Applications by email only (to mailbox@jlgc.org.uk)
  • Applicants should send a CV and a separate covering letter in Word or PDF format setting out your reasons for applying, as well as your suitability (and relevant skills and experience) for the post (English only, Japanese not required)
  • Due to the high number of applications anticipated, only candidates invited to interview will be contacted.

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