Junior MSME Research Assistant
Call for Applications: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Development Research
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is committed to fostering the next generation of Asia Pacific researchers and practitioners. To this end, it is offering a full-time, 12-week Research Assistant position for applicants interested to work on the APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership project focusing on micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) growth in developing APEC economies. Applicants should be legally able to work in Canada and are currently enrolled in undergraduate or masters-level programs, or who have completed their degree programs within the previous 12 months. The successful applicant will be notified in January 2018.
The project is an initiative of APF Canada and funded by the Government of Canada. The objective of the Project is to build the potential of MSMEs in developing APEC economies to foster sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. This will be achieved through the creation of an APEC SME Sub-Fund and the application of relevant Canadian MSME research, policy and management best practices.
Successful applicants will have the following qualifications:
• Excellent quantitative and qualitative research skills;
• Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
• Experience in research related to micro, small and medium enterprise development in Asia;
• Knowledge of Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, or Peru an asset
• Demonstrated interest in contemporary Canada-Asia relations, including policy, trade and entrepreneurial issues; and
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office software (including strong MS Excel skills) and social media.
Benefits to the Research Assistant
The Fellow will work under the mentorship of one or more of the APF Canada's program managers, and will engage in two types of activities:
• Working with the APF's program manager in conducting quantitative and qualitative research important to Canada's micro, small and medium enterprise APEC agenda;
• Other ad-hoc project tasks.
Applicants should be legally able to work in Canada and are enrolled in an undergraduate or master's-level program. Recent graduates may also apply.
The applicant's degree does not have to be based in Canada.
The successful applicant will ideally work out of APF Canada's head office in downtown Vancouver during regular office hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm) full time for 12 weeks; and, will be responsible for producing:
1. Analysis of MSME resources in focus economies for toolkits,
2. Quantitative analysis of currently available MSME data for presentations and research requests,
3. Analysis of survey data and drafting of a survey reports
The Research Assistant position will be for C$7875.00. The grant will be paid monthly in equal installments at the end of each month.
The position will run from January 22nd to April 13th, 2018, with the possibility of extension.
Applications should include the following:
• Résumé detailing the applicant's academic background (degree, major(s), awards, etc.), research skills, software/computer skills and professional experience;
• 1-page cover letter detailing the applicant's research interests, career interests and goals and why they are interested in researching MSMEs;
• A short writing sample (no more than 5 pages double-spaced in English);
• Copy of applicant's university transcript (scanned or electronic copies are acceptable);
• Name, title and contact information (email and phone number) for one academic or professional reference. References will be contacted only if the applicant is short-listed for the fellowship.
Applications should be submitted by email to Amar Nijhawan at email@example.com, and should reference "Junior MSME Research Assistant position" in the subject line.
Applications are accepted in English and French. The deadline to submit an application is January 12th, 2018 at 11:59pm (PDT).
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is looking for a Development Manager based in Vancouver, B.C to cover a maternity leave beginning March 1st 2018 to February 28, 2019 with possibility of extension. Reporting to the Vice-President of Operations, the Development Manager will be responsible for writing and producing persuasive fundraising materials, preparing grants proposal, executing and administering fundraising programs, conducting marketing research, and identification, solicitation and stewardship of sponsors/donors to support annual fundraising efforts.
Responsibilities will include:
• Works with the VP, Operations, to develop and implement a comprehensive plan for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of sponsors/donors
• Generates revenues through the timely submission of well-researched, well-written and well-documented fundraising / grant proposals
• Creates content and materials for use in ad-hoc development and marketing projects
• Works with the research team on grants and government funding proposal preparation and submission
• Engages in sponsor/donor relations and facilitates correspondence at all stages of the donor cycle
• Ensures donor recognition, acknowledgement and stewardship programs are in place, including acknowledgement in the Annual Report
• Conducts research, and prepares backgrounders, briefing notes and prospect lists for senior management
• Develops sponsor/donor proposals and related literature to generate gifts for priority projects including development and execution of strategic events to support fundraising and stakeholder relations
• Ensures databases (Raiser Edge et al) are up to date on all donation activities
• Performs other related duties as required
• Post-secondary degree or equivalent experience in Marketing, Communications, Economics, or Fundraising
• Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in a related capacity and discipline
• Must have excellent and demonstrable written and verbal communication skills, and a keen eye for detail and accuracy
• Excellent research skills and the ability to write articulately and persuasively are essential
• Knowledgeable of Canada-Asia relations is essential
• Ability to foster community relationships and generate fundraising opportunities
• Strong time-management skills in meeting deadlines, and the ability to prioritize and work under pressure
• Ability to identify issues through effective problem solving skills
• Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) an asset
If you are interested in this position and have the required education and experience, please send a letter of interest, and CV in one document to Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada by email to firstname.lastname@example.org not later than January 15th, 2018. Please include 'Development Manager (Maternity Leave Replacement)' in your subject line.
APF Canada is committed to employment equity practices and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates with the legal right to work in Canada. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Thank you.
Call for Applications: Curriculum Specialist
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) requires the services of a qualified curriculum specialist or specialist team to provide writing, editing and copyediting services for a project to develop educational resources for APF Canada's Asia Pacific Curriculum project (www.asiapacificcurriculum.ca). APF Canada also requires the specialist to make recommendations for the integration of these educational resources on the project website, recommendations for professional development opportunities for teachers related to using these educational resources, as well as recommendations for student assessment through the use of these resources.
The Contractor will:
• Write original, accurate, and up-to-date content for the development of four educational resources, aligned with the approved Instructional Design plan:
o Two resources for Grade 6: "Promoting Cooperation" and "Urbanization"
o Two resources for Grade 9: "Nationalism" and "Migration"
• Perform the necessary research in order to write the content for the resources above.
• Provide instructional design expertise in order to write the content for the resources above.
• Incorporate into the drafts feedback from Subject Matter Experts from APF Canada and its development partner.
• Provide project management support for the development of the resources above, including
o consultation with APF Canada project managers and their development partner.
o participation in regular development meetings with the Asia Pacific Foundation and their development partner.
o quality assurance of drafts and final materials.
• Provide editing and copy writing services for the development of the resources above, including:
o using an editorial style guide provided by APF Canada.
o validating the content and resources to the reading level identified in the instructional design plan.
o implementing feedback provided by subject matter experts, and APF Canada project manager and development partner project manager.
o making recommendations for layout, design, and/or interactivity where identified.
• Contribute to conversations and make recommendations for integrating these four resources and any corresponding links, resources, or learning materials into the APF Canada Asia Pacific Curriculum website in a user-friendly manner.
• Contribute to conversations and make recommendations for supporting BC teachers with Professional Development (Pro-D) opportunities for integrating these resources into their classrooms. This document will act as a foundation for a later phase of this project, where Pro-D activities and workshops will be planned and expanded in greater detail.
The Contractor must communicate weekly (or more frequently, if requested) with one of the project partners (APF Canada and/or development partner), via phone, email, web-based meetings, or in-person.
• The Contractor shall respond via e-mail within two business days of a request with a written proposal containing the following information, if necessary:
o proposed timelines and Assignment completion dates;
o any further information that would assist APF Canada in planning the proposed Assignment.
• The Contractor will provide content and accompanying resources or images electronically using MS Word and templates, where necessary. The Contractor will make use of Track Changes to identify modifications and Comments to indicate questions for clarification or comments of specification.
• Should the Contractor, for any reason, not be in a position to meet the agreed deadlines and expectations, he or she will notify APF Canada directly by email at least 48 hours in advance.
• Further details to a communication strategy will be determined on a week-by-week basis and determined in regular check-in meetings with APF Canada or its project partner.
Proposals should include a CV with detailed history of relevant work and qualifications for the Contractor, as well as a detailed budget for completing the work, and should be sent to Erin Williams at email@example.com by 11:59 PST on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.