Director of Research

Discipline: Copywriting & Translation , Education & Training , Legal & Corporate Secretarial , Management & Consulting
Job type: full time
Salary: to be discussed, depending experience
Contact name: Jennifer Cheong

Job ref: JOB_000757[753]
Published: 28 days ago

The Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS) is a uniquely Asian, independent, action-oriented research and advisory organization committed to maximizing private resources for doing good. CAPS works across 18 Asian countries and territories to generate evidence-based insights into how individuals, companies and governments can best address social challenges.

CAPS is seeking to hire a full-time Director of Research with strong research, writing and editorial skills for its head office in Hong Kong. The Director will lead a small but high-powered research team and work closely with the Chief Executive. This position will be advertised on a rolling basis until a suitable candidate is found.

If necessary, CAPS will sponsor the qualified candidate’s employment visa in Hong Kong.


  • Design, oversee and manage all research projects including quantitative and qualitative studies across the region;
  • Be primarily responsible for researching and writing reports consistent with the high standard expected at CAPS;
  • Identify and manage research partnerships to ensure world-class outputs;
  • Help nurture and grow research partnerships across Asia, including identifying opportunities for CAPS to play a role in cross-fertilization and sharing of best practice among intermediary partners and social delivery organizations;
  • Lead and manage research team;
  • Work closely with Chief Executive as a part of senior management team to create and achieve CAPS research plans and goals;
  • Participate in conferences, events and meetings across the region to disseminate research findings and be an ambassador for CAPS;
  • Publish findings in relevant journals, newspapers and other publications.


  • Master’s degree in the social sciences, business or humanities from a reputable university;
  • 10+ years of experience in research/consulting/journalism or related fields;
  • Stellar writing and editing skills;
  • Proficiency in mining information from different sources, including academia, the media, and the corporate and social sectors.
  • Ability to transform insights into sharply focused, digestible output;
  • Passion for comparative research and a fearlessness in tackling new questions and exploring unfamiliar areas;
  • Proven experience of managing and editing a large research project and/or published reports and articles;
  • Interest in philanthropy/nonprofit/social sectors;
  • Knowledge of at least some of the countries covered by CAPS;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills for effective teamwork across different cultures and nationalities;
  • Self-starter who is intellectually curious and eager to contribute ideas and opinions;
  • Willingness to “roll up one’s sleeves” and get involved end-to-end in projects;
  • Willingness to travel (as required) to locations outside of Hong Kong;
  • Superior English proficiency. Fluency in additional Asian languages desirable.

Additionally, the successful candidate will:

  • Appreciate this position as a singular opportunity with the potential for learning and growth;
  • Have a sense of humor.

If interested, please send a cover letter, CV, and at least one writing sample. Please note that only applications with a cover letter and writing sample will be considered.

More information about CAPS can be found at