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Call for Applications: Program Manager, Digital Asia

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is looking for a Program Manager, Digital Asia to lead the research and activities for its Digital Asia Pillar, which explores how technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution impact Canada's current and future engagement with the Asia Pacific.  This position is for a one-year full-time, fixed-term contract with a possibility of extension.

The position reports to the Vice-President, Research, and works closely with other members of the research team. The position is based in Vancouver, B.C. The Program Manager Digital Asia will:

  • Develop and maintain the direction and research focus of the Digital Asia pillar;
  • Conduct original research to contribute to a better understanding of how technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution affect Canada's current and future engagement with the Asia Pacific;
  • Manage research and policy work related to this pillar and ensure the frequent publication of Dispatches, Case Studies, Policy Briefs, and/or Research Reports;
  • Manage JRS and PGRS working under this pillar;
  • Develop and manage budgets, reporting, and action planning for the pillar;
  • Prepare analytical reports and briefing materials in support of the VP Research and CEO's external engagement;
  • Fostering funding and research partnerships to support pillar activities;
  • Coordinates and facilitates meetings, consultations, and partnership events in collaboration with the Events team;
  • Actively contribute to the delivery of the twice-weekly Asia Watch newsletter;
  • Help with other duties as required to meet the needs of the role in relation to organizational goals.

Desired Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of current affairs, research, and related briefing/reporting of issues related to digital technologies and to Asia Pacific‑Canada relations;
  • Familiarity with policy research and/or policymaking;
  • Strong project management, interpersonal, intercultural and networking, presentation and communication skills;
  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure and with short deadlines;
  • Ability to work independently on specific files and master new topics quickly;
  • Interest in advancing an informed understanding of Canada-Asia relations;
  • Ability to negotiate challenging diplomatic environments;
  • Entrepreneurial;
  • Working proficiency in at least one Asian language (asset).

Desired Education and Experience:

  • An MA or Ph.D. degree, in related fields such as economics, political science, or international relations;
  • 3-to-5 years’ previous work experience in government, think tanks, non-profit organizations, or track-two organizations;
  • Demonstrated expertise in the field of digital technology;
  • Project management experience;
  • Previous work experience liaising with and preparing reports required by Canadian government agencies (asset);
  • Experience studying or working in Asia (asset).

Application Procedures:

Applications are accepted in English and/or French. Please click here to send your applications.  Applications should include the following documents in one merged pdf file. 

Cover letter and Résumé detailing the applicant’s academic background, skills, professional experiences, and motivation to join the research team as Program Manager for APFC’s Digital Asia pillar;

  • A one-page research statement detailing what the applicant would suggest as a multi-year research plan for the Digital Asia Pillar;
  • A writing sample (published or unpublished);
  • Name, title, and contact information (email and phone number) for two academic or professional references.  

References will be contacted only if the applicant is short-listed for the position.

Applications are accepted in English and French. The deadline to submit an application is EXTENDED to April 15, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. (PDT).

Candidates with the desired education and experience are encouraged to apply.  APF Canada is committed to employment equity practices and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates with the legal right to work in Canada. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Applications are considered on a rolling basis so please submit your application once it is prepared.

 

 

 

Call for Applications: Junior Research Scholar - Special Projects

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 three-month Junior Research Scholarship for applicants interested in learning more about Canada-Asia Pacific relations.

The Junior Research Scholar will work remotely and complete work related to the Foundation's research projects.  Successful applicants will have the following qualifications:

  • Mandarin, ability to read and work with simplified Chinese, background in international affairs, foreign policy, political science, or international relations
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative research skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software (including solid Word and Excel skills);
  • Good interpersonal skills and proven intercultural awareness;
  • Additional skills (not required but appreciated): Experience with the Asian region, knowledge of China's domestic politics, understanding of social network analysis

Junior Research Scholar Duties

The Junior Research Scholar will work under the mentorship of the Foundation's Vice President - Research, and will engage in the following activities:

  • Working with APF Canada's research team to gather, sort, and analyze data related to Canada – Asia Pacific research projects
  • Providing support to APF Canada's bi-weekly Asia Watch newsletter;
  • Providing additional research support as needed; and
  • Assist with report writing

Eligibility

Applicants should be eligible to work in Canada and have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree program within 24 months of the application deadline.

The Junior Research Scholar will be encouraged to work Monday to Friday, remotely during regular office hours for five days a week.

Amount of Grant

The amount of the grant will be $9,000.00 and will be payable in three installments.

Start/End Dates

The recipient should be available to complete the scholarship for three months.  The start/end date is from May 3, 2021 to July 31, 2021.

Application Procedures

Applications are accepted in English and/or French. Please click here to send your applications.  Applications should include the following documents in ONE MERGED PDF FILE. 

  • Résumé detailing the applicant's academic background, skills and professional experiences;
  • One-page cover letter describing the applicant's research interests, how they hope to benefit from the scholarship, and why they are interested in working with APF Canada
  • Copy of applicant's university undergraduate and master's degree (if applicable) transcript(s) (scanned or electronic copies are sufficient);
  • An academic writing sample no more than 10 pages single spaced in English;

Provide two References:

  • Name, title and contact information (email and phone number) for two academic or professional references. References will be contacted only if the applicant is short-listed for the scholarship.

Applications are accepted in English and French. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, April 23 (at 11:59 pm PDT). 

Candidates with the desired education and experience are encouraged to apply.  APF Canada is committed to employment equity practices and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates with the legal right to work in Canada. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

 

 

Call for Applications: Graphic Designer

Introduction

Are you a creative and energetic graphic design specialist? Do you welcome the challenge of building interest and engagement in a leading Canadian think-tank and its world-changing projects?

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, a not-for-profit organization focused on Canada's engagement with Asia, has a full-time opening for an experienced Graphic Designer to support our research, events, development, and communications teams across the Foundation's various digital and analog channels.

The successful applicant will work on a number of concurrent graphic design projects in a dynamic and collaborative team environment at the Foundation's offices in Vancouver, Canada.

Reporting to the Foundation's Communications Manager, the successful applicant will have extensive knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, and PowerPoint/Keynote, along with strong, demonstrable visual design, data visualization, and communications skills. 

Major Responsibilities

  • Designing captivating research reports, booklets, brochures, and presentations for internal and external use.
  • Creating engaging graphics, including charts, graphs, icons, infographics, and logos.
  • Creating compelling data visualizations converting complex research outputs into engaging and informative digital assets.
  • Editing and sizing photographs for use online and in printed collateral.
  • Creating and implementing a graphic design production schedule for all upcoming projects and programming that feature designed elements.
  • Participating in interdepartmental meetings to provide creative design input on relevant projects.
  • Ensuring design outputs meet APF Canada’s brand guidelines.
  • Working closely with other Communications Team members to support our website and social media activities.
  • Liaising effectively with printers/print shops.
  • Other duties as assigned in support of APF Canada.

Desired Skills and Abilities

  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator).
  • Proficient in Adobe Acrobat and PowerPoint/Keynote.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a broad range of content and media.
  • Proficient in creating print-ready PDFs.
  • Persuasive and accurate written (English) and verbal communication skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to distill research information and encapsulate key details and highlights in graphic formats.
  • Superior organizational, time management, project management, and multi-tasking ability.
  • A “team player” who is positive, proactive, personable and willing to pitch in as needed.
  • Displays tact, professionalism, and is able to work with organizationally sensitive projects ensuring confidentiality and respect of sensitive materials.

Education and Experience

  • 3-plus years' graphic design experience in a professional, fast-paced, and deadline-driven environment.
  • Undergraduate degree or advanced diploma/certification in graphic design, OR an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of digital visualization tools, techniques, and best practices.
  • Previous work experience in government think tanks, policy advocacy groups is an asset.
  • Knowledge of, and/or experience in Asia is an asset.

If you are interested in this position and have the required education, experience, and eligibility to work in Canada, please click here to apply. Submit all your application documents in ONE MERGED PDF FILE:

  • A letter of interest together with your updated Resume
  • Relevant work in communications and social media that you would like to share with us

The application deadline is Thursday, April 22, 2021 (12:00 noon PST). The Foundation thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.