Friday, April 4, 2014

Job Opportunity: PISA Program Assistant (Temporary/Part-time)

**This is a temporary position. The person holding this temporary position would be eligible to be a candidate for the full-time Asian Studies/ PISA Program Assistant Position once it becomes available.**

About PISA:
Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA), is a program housed within the Sigur Center for Asian Studies of the Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University.  Since 1984, PISA has worked with partner organizations in Asia to enhance capacity at the national and regional levels to address emerging concerns in the Asia-Pacific region.  Working with our network of global experts, PISA offers issue-specific programs with particular emphasis on transnational priorities.  PISA programs critically explore challenges in international affairs and how communities, particularly vulnerable communities, are affected by and can prepare for these challenges.  Since 2007, PISA’s work has focused on climate change with special emphasis on developing leadership on this issue within the region. 

Position Description:
This position provides administrative and programmatic support to Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University. In particular, this position involves event and seminar planning, budgeting, making travel arrangements, and managing social media and communications tools.
Approximate Hours per Week: 20
Hourly Wage: $15/hour
Start Date: April 7, 2014
End Date August 22, 2014

Minimum Qualifications: 
Two years of college in an appropriate area of specialization plus two years of relevant experience. Degree requirements may be substituted for a combination of education, training and experience.

Desired Qualifications:
• Demonstrated experience and interest in Asia and international affairs
• Excellent writing, editing, and public presentation skills
• Experience using social media tools (Twitter, Facebook, and blogs) for outreach, targeted campaigns, and fund-raising
• Prior professional experience in either project or program management
• Experience with marketing, outreach, and academic recruiting
• Experience with website design and management
• Cross-cultural experience and/or working in an international environment
• Excellent communication, customer service, and organizational skills
• Excellent organizational skills and ability to juggle multiple tasks while meeting multiple deadlines
• Familiarity with word processing, database management, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Ability to work with little supervision, but also teamwork skills

Application Procedures:
•Send a cover letter and resume to Linda J. Yarr, Director, PISA at

Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Fellowship Opportunity

The Taiwan Fellowship was established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to encourage experts and scholars worldwide to conduct research in Taiwan’s universities or research institutions, thereby promoting international partnerships and mutual understanding.

A. foreign nationals who are professors, associate professors, assistant professors, post-doctoral researchers, doctoral candidates, or doctoral program students at related departments of overseas universities, or are research fellows at an equivalent level in academic institutions abroad;
B. candidates recommended by ROC (Taiwan) overseas missions with a field of study on Taiwan’s foreign relations or cross-strait relations.
Those who are currently conducting research, teaching, or studying in Taiwan are ineligible.

A.Ticket subsidy
B.Monthly stipend
C.Accident insurance

Applicants should first submit an on-line application form during 1st May to 30th June 2014 and then submit the following documents to the ROC Embassy or Representative Office in or nearest to their country of residence, as appropriate, for preliminary review before 1st July 2014:
A. Application form;
B. Resume (including a publication list);
C. Research proposal (Three pages in principle using a standard research format); and
D. Two letters of recommendation, or one letter of recommendation and one letter of consent from the chief administrator of their institute.
For details, please see the Guidelines to the Taiwan Fellowship; for further information and on-line application, please visit website:

1.The jurisdictional areas of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO): Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware.
2.Eligible applicants please first submit an on-line application form then enclose documents and send to following address: (Please make a note of “Taiwan Fellowship” on envelope)

Education Division,
Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in U. S. (TECRO)
4201 Wisconsin Ave., NW, #20

Washington, DC 20016

Job Opportunity: Chinese Cryptologic Linguist

Position summary:
·         Senior linguist role supporting a US Government program in the Baltimore / Washington, D.C. area.
·         Basic tasks include scanning/categorizing/prioritizing audio and visual materials to identify items that require further processing and providing gists, extracts, full, and verbatim transcripts.
·         Advanced tasks include analysis of materials based on cultural/technical/experiential insights, drafting reports and assessments, sensitive material quantity control, and briefing results to senior leaders.
·         Some travel (10%) may be required.

Optimal Candidates:
·         Fluency in written and spoken Chinese. (ILR level 5 - More than one dialect is preferable.
·         Advanced degree(s) in: Chinese language, culture, international relations, etc. Engineering or information technology.
·         7+ years of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and US military/government intelligence experience.
·         Active Top Secret/SCI clearance with current SSBI and Polygraph.

(Absolute) Minimum Requirements:
·         ILR level 3 proficiency in speaking, reading, and listening.
·         Conversational and written American English language fluency.
·         US Citizen able to obtain a Top Secret clearance. Candidates without an active clearance will be required to obtain the appropriate level of clearance before beginning work, which could take up to a year or longer. If you are a good fit for this role, but do not currently possess a clearance, please contact us and we can begin the process to assess and align opportunities with your career path.
·         Able to substantiate several years of professional language services or demonstrated mastery of the language (native speaker, professional writing samples, work experience, etc.).
·         College degree from an accredited institution, exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

Compensation Summary:
·         Salary is commensurate with level of experience ranging from $98,000 to $130,000.
·         Medical / Dental insurance; paid time off; federal holidays; voluntary short/long term disability; voluntary term life benefit; 401(k) with company matching; relocation assistance available.

To Apply: Go to MJ-6 Online Application to submit resume

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Young Professional International Career Dinner Series

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) invites you to YP International Career Dinner Series. The International Career Dinner Series is a signature, annual event inviting young professionals to engage with Washington's top professionals in their chosen field.
The event begins with a networking reception at the UN Foundation, followed by topical dinners held in private homes throughout the DC Metro Area. Each dinner features distinguished speakers who will share their stories, answer your questions, and offer advice based on their experiences in the industry.

Dinner topics include careers in:
-       The State Department
-       Women in International Affairs
-       International Law
-       International Advocacy
-       International Disaster Relief
-       International Organizations
-       International Development
-       International Communications

Networking reception: 5 - 6:30 pm
Individual dinners: 7:30pm
Saturday April 12, 2014

Member = $50
Non-Member = $60

Please find more information on the event below.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Volunteer Opportunity: Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival 2014

The Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C invites you to the nation’s largest celebration of Japanese culture, the annual Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival.  This year the Sakura Matsuri will feature over 20 hours of live musical and dance performances, over 200 martial artists, 25 restaurants and food vendors, and much more opportunities to bring Japan home from the Festival.

The Sakura Matsuri is designed to educate and entertain attendees about the culture and history of Japan. The festival needs over 600 volunteers to help staff this amazing festival.  There are a wide variety of committees, shifts, and tasks for you to choose from to volunteer.

Online applications are accepted until March, 29th 2014.

Visit the festival’s website for information

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs: Trans-Pacific Student Contest

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its second Trans-Pacific Student Contest, a pioneering exercise in U.S.-Asia collaboration. The contest is part of Ethics for a Connected World, a three-year global education project to mark the Council's 2014 Centennial. Winners will receive a trip to New York City.

The contest will be conducted via Carnegie Council's online Global Ethics Network, a social media platform for people across the world who are committed to exploring the role of ethics in international affairs through joint projects, ongoing dialogues, and the creation of collaborative multimedia resources.
Essay or video topic: What are shared or different values between your and your contest partner’s home country? Please illustrate these values using current or historical developments from each country.

Contest requirements

Each entry must be a collaboration between a student who is a citizen of the United States and a student who is a citizen of one of the following: Brunei, Cambodia, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), East Timor, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, North Korea, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam. If you need help finding a student partner for the contest, post an inquiry on the Trans-Pacific Contest Matchmaker page, or answer one of the existing requests.

The contest is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students only, and entries must be in English. The entry can be either an essay or a video. Essays should be written in op-ed style (not academic, footnoted papers) with a length of 2,000-3,000 words. Videos should not exceed 10 minutes.
Contest winners will receive a free trip to New York City in October 2014, to participate in Carnegie Council's 100th Anniversary Celebration and Fourth Global Ethics Network Annual Meeting.

How to enter

1. Join the free Global Ethics Network (GEN) website:
2. Post your essay in the blog section and tag it with #Connected2014; or
3. Upload your video here in one of the supported formats and tag it with #Connected2014
4. Please include the full name, school affiliation, and nationality of both collaborators—at the end of the blog post or in the video description—in the following format:

[Author 1 Full Name]
[School Affiliation]
Nationality: [Country Name]
[Author 2 Full Name]
[School Affiliation]
Nationality: [Country Name]

Deadline is April 30, 2014.

Any questions should be directed to Evan O'Neil at

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Asian Development Bank, Student Associate Program

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) North American Representative Office (NARO) in Washington, D.C. is seeking applicants who are nationals of the United States or Canada to participate in a student associate program at ADB’s office in Washington, D.C. ADB seeks to engage a student interested in international development, on a voluntary parttime or full-time basis. The associate will gain close insight into the work of a major international development organization, work collaboratively with experienced professionals, gain a deeper understanding of development finance; and contribute to ADB's work through research and support of public relations activities.

ADB welcomes motivated, open-minded and self-directed students to apply. The student associate program is a research-oriented learning opportunity for graduate students to research thematic and development issues and to network with representatives from other international organizations in the Washington, D.C. area.

• Must be enrolled in a Master's- or PhD-level program at a school in the United States or Canada, both prior to and after the internship assignment;
• Must be engaged in academic study in a field directly related to ADB's work;
• Must be a United States or Canadian national. ADB is unfortunately unable to sponsor this work;
• Must be familiar with using social media tools;
• Must possess an excellent command of English, both orally and written; and
• Should have relevant professional experience.
Preference will be given to students in graduate school MBA, MS Finance, MS Economics, or majoring in international relations, development studies, development economics, political science, or other related fields. Students should demonstrate research and writing skills, and knowledge of Microsoft office applications.
Scope of Work
The associate will work closely and collaboratively with ADB NARO staff including the Representative and Deputy Representative. Duties include (and are not limited to):
• Gather information on new international development discussions, events and reports in North America to inform ADB staff based at headquarters and at resident missions.
• Attend events and briefings at think tank organizations, universities, congressional hearings and government agencies and produce written event summaries.
• Assist with media outreach including editing press releases and updating the media database.
• Assist is disseminating information through NARO’s various social media channels
• Works closely with NARO staff in planning and implementing special projects or programs.
• Assists with other tasks and projects, as needed.
Duration of Program and Transportation Reimbursement
The associate program will commence on or around June 1 for the Summer semester, September 1 for the Fall semester, and January 1 for the Spring semester. Start and end dates are flexible. Work hours can be part-time up to a full-time schedule and may be flexible to accommodate class schedules and work requirements. Associates will be reimbursed for work-related transportation costs to attend briefings and events in Washington, D.C. However, the program will not pay for relocation or living expenses.
The program will be located at ADB’s North American Representative Office in downtown Washington, D.C. The office is accessible by Metro’s subway and buses lines.
To Apply
Please apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to Michael Reyes at Indicate in your cover letter the university and program you are enrolled in including expected graduation date, and what days and times you would be available to work.
Please submit documentation before the deadlines below:
2014 Spring Semester = Deadline: January 31, 2014
2014 Summer Semester = Deadline: March 31, 2014
2014 Fall Semester = Deadline: June 30, 2014
2015 Spring Semester = Deadline: October 31, 2014
No calls please. Because of the large volume of applications, only those being considered will be contacted for an interview.Please note that ADB does not accept applications from close relatives of ADB personnel.