COORDINATOR FOR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (CIR)

2023/9/13
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2024 JET PROGRAMME – COORDINATOR FOR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (CIR) POSITIONS ARE NOW CLOSED


KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

CIRs are placed mainly in international exchange departments or bureaus of Contracting Organisations, which are usually local governments in Japan. Their tasks may involve but are not limited to:
  • Assistance in international exchange affairs at the Contracting Organisation (e.g., editing, translating, and compiling publications into a foreign language; cooperating or advising on planning, designing, and implementing international exchange projects; hosting official guests from abroad; interpreting at various events, etc.).
  • Assistance in international economic exchange affairs at the Contracting Organisation (e.g., cooperation or advising on planning, designing, and implementing international economic exchange projects such as expanding the overseas market for local products, attracting foreign tourists to Japanese localities, etc.)
  • Cooperation in language instruction of employees of the Contracting Organisation and local residents.
  • Advising and collaborating on activities of local private groups or organisations engaging in international exchange.
  • Cooperation in cultural exchange activities (including school visits) for local residents' cross-cultural awareness and understanding and in activities to support foreign residents in Japan.
  • Assisting in various oral or written communications of the Contracting Organizations with non-Japanese residents or communities (e.g. translating or interpreting local government’s notice to the residents regarding tax, benefit, rule, culture or any exchange program etc.)
  • Providing training to the staff in the Contracting Organizaions who engage in the abovementioned activities.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
 
Applicants must:
  • be interested in Japan and be willing to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Japan after their arrival; be motivated to participate in and initiate international exchange activities in the local community; make effort to study or continue studying the Japanese language prior to and after arriving in Japan.
  • be both mentally and physically healthy.
  • be willing and able to adapt to living and working in Japan and be determined to responsibly complete their period of participation.
  • hold a bachelor’s degree or higher or obtain such qualifications by the designated arrival date.
  • be a Filipino citizen
  • have a functional command of the Japanese language (Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1 or almost equivalent skill is desirable)
  • be adept in contemporary standard pronunciation, rhythm and intonation in English and possess excellent language ability that can be applied accurately and appropriately; can form sentences in a comprehensive and logical manner.
  • not have participated on the Programme since the 2021 JET Programme year (including April 2020 arrivals) and have participated on the Programme for 6 years or less in total.
  • not have declined a position on the Programme after receiving notification of assignment in the previous JET Programme year (excluding cases where it is accepted that the Participant had a valid, inevitable reason for withdrawing).
  • not have lived in Japan for 6 or more years in total since 2014.
  • have a desire to proactively maintain relations with Japan, even after completion of the Programme.
  • concerning entry into Japan for participation on the Programme, agree to reside in Japan under the status of residence stipulated in Article 2-2 of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.
  • be willing to obey all Japanese laws.
 
APPLICATION
 
Please follow the instructions carefully. The screening committee takes into consideration the applicants’ ability to follow the guidelines and instructions. All required documents must be complete upon submission.
 
APPLICATION GUIDELINES AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
 
  • Application Guidelines (PDF) - Please read through the guidelines thoroughly before starting your application. Do NOT submit this document.
  • Application Form (PDF) – This must be typewritten (except for the signature) and printed in A4 or letter-sized paper. We recommend using a Web browser such as Microsoft Edge or Chrome to accomplish the form. As this is an editable PDF form, please use your mouse and click on the form fields to type out your answers or tick the checkboxes. Please do not change the font size for your answers.
  • Form Appendices (PDF) - Please fill this up and submit only if you need additional space for your Employment History and/or Teaching Experience. This must be typewritten (except for the signature) and printed in A4 or letter-sized paper. We recommend using a Web browser such as Microsoft Edge or Chrome to accomplish the form. As this is an editable PDF form, please use your mouse and click on the form fields to type out your answers or tick the checkboxes. Please do not change the font size for your answers.
  • Information Slip and Agreement of Document Submission (PDF) – Please print this document in A4 or letter-sized paper. Accomplish one copy of this and place it on top of your original application form.
  • Attachment Chart Sheet of Application (PDF) - This is a supplement to the application form. Do NOT submit this document.
  • Self- Report of Medical Condition(s) (PDF) - All applicants are required to submit this form with their application. This must be typewritten (except for the signature) and printed in A4 or letter-sized paper. We recommend using a Web browser such as Microsoft Edge or Chrome to accomplish the form. As this is an editable form, please use your mouse and click on the form fields to type out your answers or tick the checkboxes. Please do not change the font size for your answers.
  • Statement of Physician (PDF) – Only for applicants who have a medical condition.
  • Statement of Purpose (2-page, double-spaced essay). Describe your motivation, purpose, and qualifications for participating on the JET Program. This should be in English, typewritten on A4-sized paper, with 10.5 Arial font or its equivalent and 1-inch margin on each side. Do not print on both sides of the paper. A Japanese translation, typewritten in any 10.5-size font, must also be submitted. The translation will not count toward the page limit.
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation. References should be academic or professional (from a professor, advisor or supervisor). If you are submitting a recommendation letter written in Japanese, you must attach an appropriate/approximate English translation with it.
  • College/University Transcripts. From ALL colleges and universities attended, including study abroad institutions. Transcripts must be official; unofficial transcripts and/or student portal screenshots will not be accepted. Certified true copies can be submitted in lieu of originals.
  • Proof of Graduation (Diploma, Certificate of Graduation). Showing the conferral of a bachelor’s degree or graduate studies degree (if applicable). Certified true copies can be submitted in lieu of originals.
  • Proof of Philippine Citizenship. Such as a passport, birth certificate, etc
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) result/ certificate. Only for applicants with these types of qualifications.
  • Cover Letter – This can be written in English or Japanese.
 
All application materials required for this program are due on December 8, 2023 (Friday) and must be submitted via post or courier (LBC, Grab Express, Lalamove, etc) or personally hand-delivered to:
 
The JET Programme (CIR)
Japan Information and Culture Center
Embassy of Japan in the Philippines
2627 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City 1300

(For same-day courier services and personally hand-delivered documents: kindly proceed to the back entrance of the Embassy of Japan – Lancaster St. cor FB Harrison St.
 
The Embassy can only receive documents at the back entrance on weekdays [except holidays] from 9:00am to 12:30pm, and 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Our security personnel have the right to refuse packages that arrive outside of those times, as well as packages delivered through the other entrances.)
 
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. The medium of the interview (online or face-to-face) is to be determined at a later date.
 
For FAQ, please visit https://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00565.html
For more details about the JET Programme, please visit http://jetprogramme.org/en/.
 

Tentative Expected Timeline: The schedule is subject to change.
 
2023
From September to
December
2024
Mid- January
2024
Late January or mid-February
2024
Late March or Early April
2024
May
2024
August
Submission of
Application
First screening results
(released to only qualified applicants)
Interviews Interview results are released (Official result) Release of Placements Departure for Japan