Vacancy announcement for a local staff at the Embassy of Japan

Position: Economic Researcher / Clerk
Working Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm (Lunch hour: 12:45pm-1:45pm) with possibility of overtime work
Location: Embassy of Japan, South Africa, Pretoria
Employment Type: Permanent
Salary: Determined upon the regulation of the Embassy of Japan based on educational background and experience
Application Deadline: July 4, 2021
Interviews:  July 12 - July 16, 2021 (panel interview  +  written assessment)
Start Date:  September 1, 2021
Job Details:
The Embassy of Japan seeks a highly qualified person who can perform as a Clerk to the Economic Section. You will be required to support Japanese diplomats posted in South Africa, Pretoria, as well as working within a team of locally employed staff to support the wider functions of the Embassy.
【Job Description】
・Monitor developments and the strategic economic policy of South Africa, Eswatini and Lesotho by analyzing development plans, tax policy, investment policies, the volume of foreign and national investments, and performance of the national economy and prepare daily, weekly and periodic reports.
・Collect and analyze data, prepare studies related to bilateral relations and the volume of trade between Japan and South Africa/ Eswatini/ Lesotho. Make the recommendations that contribute to improving and developing the relations.
・Collect, analyze and assess data on the economic situation, foreign economic relations and regional and international economic blocs of South Africa/ Eswatini/ Lesotho, and prepare reports thereon.
・Study and analyze investment opportunities for the South Africa/ Eswatini/ Lesotho and national key companies and submit the report.
・Provide all aspects of support including information, studies, overview on economic and trade laws and regulations to South African companies operating in Japan or wishing to enter its market.
・Contribute effectively to organizing, participating and attending Economic events, such as meetings, seminars and conferences and giving feedback to the relevant diplomats.
・Develop and update effective database on domestic economy and economy influencers in South Africa/ Eswatini/ Lesotho.
 ・Keeping diplomats briefed and informed on current economic and political affairs by providing daily news updates, policy summaries and research on relevant economic sectors.
・Perform any other tasks assigned by the line manager.
【Qualifications and Experiences】
A Bachelors degree in Economics, International Relations (or equivalent) and 2 years of experience in the same field. Or, a Masters degree in Economics, International Relations (or equivalent) and 1 year of experience in the same field.
  • Excellent English skills (writing /speaking) is required
  • Experience of Japan, and Japanese language skills, would also be preferable.
  • Strong cooperation communications skill
  • Computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint)
  • Team work
  • Time management and working under pressure
  • Fundamental understanding of economics and SA-Japan politics and businesses.
  • Decision making skills and discretion to help build networks with governments of South Africa / Eswatini/ Lesotho and other organisations
How to Apply:  
Interested candidates should submit a CV (as detailed as possible) and covering letter explaining how you are able to meet the requirements for the position, along with your current salary, daytime telephone number and email address by  July 4, 2021, to ;   .
*Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further interview and writing test.
* Please note that submitted documents will NOT be returned.
Important Notice:            
    •       All applicants must be of South African citizenship.
    •       Commuting to the embassy must be done by him/herself, with their own transportation means.        
    •       The Embassy will draw up a shortlist on the basis of the application documents. Applicants on the shortlist will be invited to an interview and examination (date to be announced).
    •       The successful applicant shall serve a probation period of three (3) months immediately after the date of the start of the employment. The Embassy may extend the probation period.
    •       It is the Embassy’s policy that we do not give any kind of feedback of the interviews.
All enquiries regarding this job vacancy must be made by email.
For enquiries contact:   
Economic Section
Embassy of Japan in South Africa