Careers

CAPS takes pride in being a pioneer in philanthropic thought leadership in Asia. We endeavor to maintain an invigorating, challenging, and healthy work environment that values individuality, fosters collaboration, and encourages personal and professional growth for all team members.

From time to time, we offer research and non-research opportunities for individuals who share our vision and commitment to improving the world that we live in. We invite you to peruse the current openings below.

Current Openings - last updated: 12 September 2019

Director of Administration - Hong Kong

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.

The Director of Administration oversees and manages: financial reporting and planning, third party contracts, human resource policies and procedures, execution of events which showcase CAPS thought leadership, and supervision of administrative staff. The Director of Administration works with the CEO to improve all of CAPS’ practices.

Specific responsibilities include:

* Operations management: manages daily office operations (with the assistance of the office manager and the bookkeeper) to ensure the smooth functioning of the operations in Hong Kong and elsewhere; manages all key vendor/third party administrative relationships; acts as primary liaison with key administrative and operational service providers (landlord, auditor/company secretary, legal advisor); develops, oversees and maintains office operating procedures; oversees and manages any office relocation activities; ensures that all management documentation is properly maintained and filed securely.

* Financial management: oversees and leads annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the CEO and with assistance of the bookkeeper; administers and reviews all financial plans and budgets; manages organizational cash flow and forecasting; monitors progress and changes; keeps senior leadership team abreast of CAPS’ financial status; analyzes and presents financial reports to CEO and the board in an accurate and timely manner; collates financial reporting materials for all donor proposals and oversees all financial, project/program and grants accounting; coordinates and leads the annual audit process; clearly communicates annual financial statements; assesses if any changes are necessary to the financial/accounting systems; implements a robust contracts management and financial management/ reporting system; ensures that the contract billing and donation schedule is adhered to and that financial data and cash flow are steady and support operational requirements; updates and implements all necessary business policies and accounting practices; improves CAPS’ business and financial policies wherever possible; ensures timely payment to partners and other third parties.

* Legal management: reviews and negotiates all contracts between CAPS and all third parties (with the support of pro-bono legal advisor, as necessary); ensures that CAPS’ intellectually property is adequately protected; ensures that CAPS complies with all regulatory filings with all relevant governmental entities; with the CEO, coordinates and prepares CAPS’ annual report.

* Technology: oversees network administration and IT systems (with the assistance of the office manager and retained IT consultant); evaluates new software/technology; improves CAPS’ IT policies/procedures wherever possible.

* Human Resources: oversees the organization’s human resources requirements (with the assistance of the office manager and bookkeeper) including employee on-boarding, managing and administering health and other employee benefits, overseeing the maintenance of personnel records, monitoring insurance coverage and ensuring that personnel policies in the staff handbook are up-to-date; assists with recruitment; acts as the CEO’s representative when the CEO is away from the office.
* Project management and advisory services: helps project manage specific initiatives such as the Doing Good Index or research projects, as required by the CEO.

* Fundraising proposals and donor reports: working closely with the CEO, develops funding proposals and budgets as needed; ensures that any donor reports are well prepared and submitted on time; responds in a timely fashion to any donor requests; helps CEO develop, execute and maintain donor engagement strategy.

* Event planning/management: plans, manages and executes events (such as launch events for published reports or partner workshops) as required by the CEO, both within and outside Hong Kong; identifies and evaluates venues and participants; engages with local/foreign media to promote events if necessary; prepares all necessary collateral for events; responsible for all logistical arrangements and budgetary restrictions relating to such events.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Minimum of a BA, ideally with an MBA/LLB/CPA or related post-graduate degree
  • At least seven to 10 years of overall professional experience; ideally six-plus years of broad financial and operations management experience, while taking a “hands on” implementation approach when needed
  • Experience of final responsibility for the quality and content of financial data, reporting and audit coordination for either a division or significant program area, and has preferably overseen a human resources function previously
  • Experience in grants/donor management
  • A successful track record in setting priorities and meeting deadlines; keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills which support and enable sound decision making
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication (written and verbal), presentation and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work comfortably with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • A multi-tasker with the ability to wear many hats and take initiative in a fast-paced environment
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, confidentiality and dedication to CAPS mission
  • An effective team player with good judgment
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to speak/write an Asian language is a plus

Interested candidates should send a covering letter and a resume to info@caps.org. Applications without these two documents will not be considered.

Senior Researcher - Hong Kong

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.

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Requirements

  • 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 to info@caps.org. Please note that shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a writing assignment.

More information about CAPS can be found at caps.org.

Ad-hoc Interpreter/Translator (Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai) - Hong Kong

The Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society is a pan-Asian research and advisory non-profit organization based in Hong Kong (www.caps.org). We are seeking interpreter/translator services of a speaker and writer with native and business-level fluency in the following languages: Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai. We require these services from time to time and on an ad-hoc basis primarily at our offices in Wanchai, Hong Kong. There is some flexibility to work from home. Attendance at business functions such as meetings, conferences and report launches may also be required from time to time. Remuneration will be based on an agreed hourly rate. While is it not required, it would be advantageous for the applicant to have been professionally trained in interpreting, translation or in the language at an established and reputable educational institution. This position would be suitable for high-calibre applicants who are seeking a part-time/flexible engagement with a professionally run organization, operating in an intellectually challenging and stimulating environment.

The applicant should have the following qualifications and attributes:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Native fluency in the target language (one of Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese or Thai)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Accuracy and keen attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently, effectively manage own time and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Intellectually curious
  • Team player with a sense of humour

If interested, please send a cover letter and current CV to info@caps.org.