Senior Researcher

Location Wan Chai
Discipline: Education & Training , Events & Exhibitions , Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure , Legal & Corporate Secretarial , Management & Consulting , Marketing & PR, Media & Advertising
Job type: full time
Salary: to be discussed, depending experience
Contact name: CAPS

Job ref: JOB_000611[98]
Published: 25 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 Senior Researcher with strong research, writing and editorial skills for its head office in Hong Kong. The Senior Researcher will be a member of a small but high-powered research team and work closely with the Director of Research.

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.


  • Write and edit research reports and articles for publication consistent with the high standard expected at CAPS;

  • Conduct primary research (e.g. interviews, surveys) and secondary research (electronic and print sources) to fulfill research responsibilities;

  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative information gathered from surveys, interviews and other sources;

  • Help execute and manage the research process, including mentoring junior members of the research team;

  • Contribute to designing and planning both policy and applied research projects, including writing research proposals;

  • Help nurture and grow research partnerships across Asia;

  • Participate in conferences, events and meetings across the region to disseminate research findings and be an ambassador for CAPS.


  • Master’s degree in the social sciences, business or humanities from a reputable university;

  • 8+ years of experience in research/writing/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.

  • The ability to connect the dots and see patterns when analyzing quantitative and qualitative information;

  • 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;

  • Experience of or interest in data analysis;

  • 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 Asian locations outside of Hong Kong;

  • Native proficiency in English. 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.

Note that only shortlisted candidates will be notified of application status. Shortlisted candidates will also be required to complete a writing assignment.