View Vacancy - JPN (Tokyo) - Maritime Domain Officer, Executive Officer (Maternity Cover)

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Main purpose of job:

Tokyo Defence Section lead on all Maritime Domain engagements in Japan.  Plan and execute UK Maritime personnel/asset visits and support UK’s Maritime Strategic Campaign planning. This Officer will work closely with the Defence Attaché and Deputy Defence Attaché.

Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?:

1.    UK Maritime asset visits (40%)

  • Plan and execute UK Maritime asset visits to Japan to contribute to UK’s regional objectives/prosperity.
  • Pre-identify issues and liaise with Japanese Authorities/United Nations Command Rear to provide solution to the issue.
  • Support UK-Japan – Partner Nations Maritime Exercises in the region.

2.    Maritime Strategic Campaign (40%)

  • Supporting UK’s Maritime Strategic Campaign objectives by analysing the current and future maritime security trends in the region and develop/execute a long-term maritime engagement plan in Japan to contribute to the regional security and UK’s prosperity.
  • Support Royal Navy’s visits to Japan to understand Japanese/US desires and opportunities.
  • Provide an opportunity for Royal Navy-JMSDF to discuss future engagements and lead the discussion to contribute to regional security and UK’s prosperity. (Bilateral/Trilateral Navy Staff Talks.)

3.    Defence VIP Visits (10%)

  • Liaise with Japanese Government etc... to support Defence VIP visits to Japan to attain defence country objectives and contribute to wider Embassy objectives.
  • Create and Execute visit programs to attain objectives.
  • Support creating the briefing.

4.    Corporate Work (10%)

  • Corporate work including crisis work.
  • Fluent spoken and written Japanese language-level or Japanese language Proficiency Test (JLPT) at level N1 is necessary as daily communication is required with non-English speakers.
  • Excellent business communication skills in English (orally and in writing)
  • Project Management experience
  • Good IT skills, particularly Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc)
  • Strong communications skills and ability to work within a close knit team. Ability to develop relationships and network is also vital.
  • Experience on VIP visits from overseas after C19 outbreak.
  • Knowledge of Japanese government systems, cultural awareness, and of Japanese business etiquette

Language requirements: 

Language:  Fluent Japanese speaker (JLPT N1 or above), Professional level of English required with experience of use in a business environment.

  • Interest in defence security issues.
  • Motivation to understand Japanese legal restrictions when conducting defence activities in Japan.
  • Pre-existing experience in the Def & Security sector and/or Government or Defence ministry experience
Delivering at Pace, Making Effective Decisions, Seeing the Big Picture, Working Together
5 December 2022
Executive Officer (EO)
Full-time, Temporary
Asia Pacific
British Embassy
JPY 462,344
16 February 2023
  • 1 month salary bonus equivalents payable in June and December
  • (Note: Salary may be reduced due to tax status)
  • Commuting allowance of up to JPY35,000 per month (paid on an actual cost basis)
  • 24 days paid annual leave (calculated pro rata)
  • Health Insurance and Employee pension (kenko hoken/kosei nenkin)
  • Employment Insurance (koyou hoken)

Learning and development opportunities:

  • FCO on-line learning courses
  • Embassy learning and development fund available for bids for non-job specific training

The British Embassy offers comprehensive learning and development opportunities that will be fully available to the jobholder. We regularly run both work area specific training, as well as more general skills development in project management, finance, and leadership. Each year the job holder will be encouraged to use 5 development days to pursue job related and personal development goals.

All staff are required to take a role in the embassy’s crisis preparation and response. Full training will be provided for this and regular opportunities will be available to test and develop your skills.

Working patterns:

Full time and office based. 37.5 hours per week. This particular role allows for flexibility in start and end times, working compressed hours, working remotely for one day a week, and the possibility of a job share arrangement, subject to agreement with management.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.