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.