The Daiwa Scholarship for UK citizens

The Daiwa Scholarship is a unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement and homestay in Japan.

Daiwa Scholarships offer young and talented UK citizens with strong leadership potential, the opportunity to acquire Japanese language skills, and to access expertise and knowledge relevant to their career goals.

NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE OF JAPAN OR JAPANESE IS NECESSARY.

By April 2009, 116 Daiwa Scholars - including scientists, artists, academics, lawyers and architects - will have benefited from the Daiwa Scholarships.

Daiwa Scholarships are provided by the Foundation to encourage better understanding between both countries.

The next closing date for applications is THURSDAY 3 DECEMBER 2009.


Candidates must be:
- Aged between 21 and 35 years of age by September 2010
- Able to provide proof of their British citizenship

Candidates should be:
- Graduates with a strong degree in any subject* OR with a strong record of achievement in their field
- In possession of clear career objectives and a commitment to furthering UK-Japan links

*Single honours graduates in Japanese Studies are not eligible to apply for Daiwa Scholarships but may wish to apply for support through the Foundation's grant schemes.

All applicants must use the form provided at the bottom of this page.

DEADLINE
The deadline for applications is THURSDAY 3 DECEMBER 2009. The Foundation will accept applications postmarked 3 December 2009. If candidates’ circumstances change (for instance, change address) after submitting an application, they must inform the Foundation in writing.

INTERVIEWS
There are three stages to the interview process. The Foundation assumes that all selected candidates will be able to attend interview at Daiwa Foundation Japan House in London during the dates indicated below. The Foundation regrets that it is unable to reimburse any travel or accommodation expenses.

STAGE 1
The preliminary selection of candidates will take place during January 2010. Candidates will be notified whether or not they are invited to a Stage 1 interview, which will take place in early February 2010.

STAGE 2
Candidates who successfully pass Stage 1 will be invited to sit a language aptitude test and attend a lunch at Daiwa Foundation Japan House in late February / early March 2010. Candidates will be notified whether they are invited to Stage 3 interview shortly afterwards.

STAGE 3
The final shortlist of candidates will be interviewed by the Trustees in mid to late March 2010. Candidates will be notified of the final outcome soon afterwards.

Daiwa Scholarships 2010 Application Form (Word, 286KB)
Daiwa Scholarships 2010 Application Form (PDF, 109KB)
Daiwa Scholarships 2010 Application Form (Rich Text Format, 1.1MB)

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Senior Technical Advisor-Planning and Coordination/Technical Specialist with Abt Assoc. - Tanzania

Abt Associates is a for-profit government and business research and consulting firm with approximately 1200 employees in the US and over 30 other countries. Our talented staff, which includes experts in fields as diverse as public health, economics, survey research, environment, business strategy, education, international development, urban affairs, and clinical trials, work in small, focused teams. Our clients include U.S federal, state, and local government organizations; foreign governments; international organizations; foundations; nonprofit associations and institutions; and business and industry.

The Senior Technical Advisor- Planning and Coordination will be tasked with increasing and extending the administrative, managerial, and operational capacity of district health systems in Tanzania. The Senior Technical Advisor will assess current managerial and operational efficiencies at the district level, particularly with regards to Local Government Authorities including District Council Health Management Teams. The Senior Technical Advisor will consider specific issues concerning health system efficiency and staffing in each district, and tailor exclusive institutional capacity improvements for each district to improve managerial and operational decisions that advance health outcomes. The Senior Technical Advisor may also work with Local Government Authorities to better their planning, budgeting, and monitoring and evaluation skill-sets, in regards to health programming. The Senior Technical Advisor will be required to coordinate and work with a diverse group of organizations, including the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), district health staff, several international and national development partner organizations, and the USAID mission in order to complete their work. The Senior Technical Advisor will report to project's Country Director, and may be asked to represent the project when the Country Director is absent. *This position is contingent on successful award of a proposal.

Skills Required:
  • Master Degree (with 10 years of experience) or PhD (4-6 years of experience) in health management, health systems, business administration, public health or a related field.
  • Experience with decentralization, performance improvement approaches and performance based financing is an asset.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated project management and leadership capabilities are required, as are the abilities to lead multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.
  • Experience working for the Tanzanian government, with regards to capacity building is a strong advantage.
  • Previous work experience in Tanzania is required.
  • Familiarity and knowledge of working with USAID and PEPFAR partner organizations (both national and international) is strongly encouraged
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Swahili is a definite advantage.
  • Strong preference for local candidates. No relocation or international benefits/allowances offered.
Please email CVs and cover letters to [email protected] with the position title specified in the subject line.

Application deadline is 2nd October 2009

Senior Advisor-Finance/Technical Specialist with Abt Assoc. - Tanzania

Abt Associates is a for-profit government and business research and consulting firm with approximately 1200 employees in the US and over 30 other countries. Our talented staff, which includes experts in fields as diverse as public health, economics, survey research, environment, business strategy, education, international development, urban affairs, and clinical trials, work in small, focused teams. Our clients include U.S federal, state, and local government organizations; foreign governments; international organizations; foundations; nonprofit associations and institutions; and business and industry.

The Senior Advisor, Finance will lead the project's efforts to develop, transfer, and expand financial management skills for district health systems in Tanzania. The Senior Advisor will manage a project team that will strengthen a district health system's capacity in accounting, financial planning, and budgeting. This work may include assessing the financial management inefficiencies of a district health system. Thereafter, the Senior Advisor will develop training modules and work with several project partners to create strategies and implement technical assistance specific to each district's inefficiencies. The Senior Advisor should have a clear idea of how to improve financial and accounting capacity over a short period of time. The Senior Advisor will work closely with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), district health accounting staff, several international and national development partner organizations, and may work closely with the USAID Tanzania mission. *This position is contingent on successful award of a proposal.

Skills Required:
  • Master's Degree (with 8 years of experience) or PhD (4-6 years of experience) in business administration, accounting, health systems management, or a related field.
  • Experience in working at the district level with capacity building for financial accounting, financial management, budgeting, planning, and other related activities.
  • Demonstrated project management and leadership capabilities are required, as are the abilities to lead multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.
  • Experience working for the government Tanzania, with regards to financial accounting and financial management is highly favorable, especially with regards to district-level health programming.
  • Familiarity and knowledge of working with USAID and PEPFAR partner organizations (both national and international) is strongly encouraged
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Swahili is a definite advantage.
  • Strong preference for local candidates. No relocation or international benefits/allowances offered.
Please email CVs and cover letters to [email protected]m with the position title specified in the subject line.

Application deadline is 2nd October 2009 

Project Scale-Up Coordinator/Technical Specialist with Abt Assoc. - Tanzania

Abt Associates is a for-profit government and business research and consulting firm with approximately 1200 employees in the US and over 30 other countries. Our talented staff, which includes experts in fields as diverse as public health, economics, survey research, environment, business strategy, education, international development, urban affairs, and clinical trials, work in small, focused teams. Our clients include U.S federal, state, and local government organizations; foreign governments; international organizations; foundations; nonprofit associations and institutions; and business and industry.

The District Scale-up Coordinator is an integral part of a team that will strengthen Tanzanian district level local government authorities' (LGAs) to manage quality health, HIV/AIDS, and OVC programs. This new PEPFAR funded project will focus on developing a comprehensive approach to supporting the LGAs, by expanding district level skills to manage funds, monitor results and prioritize programs. A large portion of the project is focused on effective program monitoring, the use of data for decision-making, evaluating results and the effective utilization of financial management systems. The District Scale-up Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the capacity building efforts in the initial pilot districts during the first year, and will lead the effort to scale-up interventions throughout Tanzania during subsequent years. *This position is contingent on successful award of a proposal.

Essential Job Responsibilities:
  • Work directly with Tanzanian LGAs at the district level to assess barriers which undermine district-level performance, and identify interventions to be implemented to improve capacity and achieve quality health results at the district level.
  • Provide day to day support to the pilot districts by maintaining relations with the Council Health Management Teams and other LGAs.
  • Coordinate with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and the PMORALG to ensure government ownership and leadership in the selected pilot districts.
  • Coordinate capacity building efforts of the project in the pilot districts.
  • Coordinate with other partners/donors in selected districts.
  • Assist the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Advisor in the monitoring of the project, through baseline collection of data, monitoring of results and use of data for decision-making.
  • Participate in the plan for dissemination and lessons learned and present results of program achievements and outputs in written reports and at conferences and meetings.
Skills Required:
  • Master's Degree with 10 years of experience, or PhD with 4-6 years of experience in public health or related field. A minimum of 5 years of experience in managing donor-funded projects at national and international levels.
  • Experience building capacity at the district level (specifically in Tanzania)with innovative capacity building approaches.
  • Ability to liaise with LGAs to coordinate capacity building efforts.
  • Willingness to travel (50% of work-time) to districts throughout Tanzania
  • Strong writing and organizational skills for monitoring and reporting on program and study results.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills, initiative, and good judgment.
  • Ability to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Ability to independently plan and execute complex tasks while addressing daily management details and remaining organized and focused on long-term deadlines and strategy.
  • Strong preference for local candidates. No relocation or international benefits/allowances offered.
Please email CVs and cover letters to [email protected] with the position title specified in the subject line.

Application deadline is 2nd October 2009 

PhD Scholarship in Computational Chemistry

One 3-year PhD scholarship in computational chemistry and molecular modeling under the supervision of Assistant Professor Peter Fristrup is available from November 1st, 2009 in the Department of Chemistry, DTU.

The scholarship is financed by the Danish Council for Independent Research Council ¦ Technology and Production Sciences as part of the project Molecular Modelling of Enzymatic Reactions: A New Approach in Drug Design. The PhD project will focus on the development and application of new theoretical methods capable of describing chemical reactivity with increased efficiency. The new methods will be applied to predictions within the field of enzymatic catalysis.

Current state-of-the-art methods often rely on density functional theory (DFT), which has the required accuracy in many applications. However, at present date DFT is limited to a few hundred atoms, which severely limits its applicability. On the other hand, molecular mechanics (MM) is an extremely fast computational technique, which allows systems containing several million atoms. In the PhD project at hand different ways of combining QM and MM methods will be explored, such as QM/MM, reactive force-fields or transition state force-fields.

Qualifications
The successful candidates should have a master’s degree in chemistry, physics or biology and preferably also previous experience in molecular modeling. The education should ideally include theoretical chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD students at DTU.

Further information
Further questions about the projects should be directed to Peter Fristrup, phone: (+45) 4525 2123. Read more about the research group at http://www.organic.kemi.dtu.dk/Research/PeterFristrup

Application
We must have your online application by 30 September 2009. Please open the link “apply for this job online” and fill in the application form and attach your application and Curriculum Vitae. The application must also include documentation of a completed Masters Degree including grades. Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their Masters Degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

Source: http://www.dtu.dk/English/About_DTU/vacancies.aspx?guid=a2436785-0f64-4d69-9e06-e92e6f02cdac