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OSIPP Open Lecture & FIELD Global Expert Ongoing Lecture Series #25

2015-5-11 (Mon) 13:00 - 16:10

The Life Plan of a UN Employee / UNICEF's Problem-Solving Method

Lecturer: KUKITA Jun (Former Director, UNICEF Kazakhstan Office;  Joint Representative of the UN Forum)

Date and Time: Monday, May 11, 2015 -- 13:00~16:10

Venue: Seminar room, Engineering Science International Bldg., Toyonaka Campus

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For those wishing to participate:
Attendance is free, but you must apply beforehand.

Please include your name and affiliation in an email entitled "5/11 Seminar" to the following address:

We will also be accepting applications on the day of the event.

Organized by: OSIPP Center for United Nations Policy Studies; Osaka University Global Collaboration Center

We've invited Dr. KUKITA Jun, with 30 years of experience at UNICEF and as a joint representative of the UN forum, to speak about the career path and competency of a UN employee, as well as the problem solving method of UNICEF, a protector of children's rights all over the world.

This lecture is a version of Osaka School of International Public Policy's "Special Lecture -- UN Policy Expert / Career Development Theory" made available to the public. Those OU students outside of the school, students from other universities, and the general public are welcome to attend.

Lecture Overview

[Part 1] The Life Plan of a UN Employee

In order to life a rich, fulfilling life, you need to have clear goals and design your life plan in your own way. There are a lot of young people who aim to work for the betterment of the world as a UN employee, but the road to becoming a professional who can find success in the world is a long one. It takes an especially long time to attain the entry level of a UN expert staff member, around 10 years after you graduate from university. In order to stay the course and acquire the knowledge and skills required for your goals, you need to look closely at your life, plan your life's course, be your own motivation, and produce results. I'll talk about the role your life's plan will play in helping you attain those goals, my road to becoming a UN employee, and my experiences in my 30 years in the United Nations.

[Part 2] UNICEF's Problem Solving Method

UNICEF has a duty to protect children all over the world, fulfill their basic needs, and maintain an environment where children can realize their potential. To this end, there is a need to address worldwide problems such as climate change and wealth disparity, as well as the unique situation of each country. I'll explain about UNICEF's approach to problem solving, the process of its programming, policy advocacy, partnerships and fundraising. In particular, I'd like to introduce projects I worked on personally, such as the worldwide eradication of polio, lowering child mortality rates, peace-building, and the permeation of toilets and furnaces.

Meet the Lecturer


A graduate of Seinan Gakuin University's School of Letters with an English major, Dr. KUKITA spent time at the National University of Singapore as a Rotary Fellow in the sociology department, after which he graduated with a master's and doctoral degree from the Graduate School of Psychology at Kyushu University. In 1985, he passed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Japan JPO exam, and the very next year he began working as a UN employee at the UNICEF office in the Maldives. From there he gathered experiencing working at the Japan, Namibia, Bangladesh offices, as well as the headquarters in New York, after which he served as the director of the Timor and Kazakhstan UNICEF offices. He retired from the UN in January of 2015. From 1995~1997, he served as an adjunct instructor at the Graduate School of Medicine and the Faculty of Education, Tokyo University. His written works include From the Field of East Timor, a joint translation of Breaking the Cycle of Poverty:The BRAC Strategy, and editing and writing of vol. 376 of Modern Esprit -- Empowerment. He is currently a joint representative of the UN forum, an adjunct instructor at Kobe University Graduate School, and the representative for (NGO) Climate Decision.


Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University

Date: 2015-5-11 (Mon) 13:00 - 16:10
Organizer: OSIPP Center for United Nations Policy Studies; Osaka University Global Collaboration Center
Venue: Seminar room, Engineering Science International Bldg., Toyonaka Campus
Registration: Registration by email is required.
Contact: Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University

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