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: 20 September 2020

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.

CAPS is seeking a Director of Administration to oversee and manage all financial, talent, legal and operational aspects of the organization. The Director of Administration will work closely with the CEO to improve all of CAPS’ practices.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Operational Management: manage daily office operations (with the assistance of the office manager and the bookkeeper) including management of key third party administrative and operational service providers (e.g., IT consultant, landlord, auditor/company secretary, legal advisor).
  • Financial Management: prepare annual budgeting in conjunction with the CEO (with assistance of the bookkeeper); manage financial reporting that includes monitoring donor funding, preparing board presentations, annual audit process with external auditors; assist CEO in all donor proposals and lead all project/grant reporting; ensure timely payment to partners and other third parties.
  • Legal management: review and negotiate all employee and third-party contracts (with the support of pro-bono legal advisor, as needed); ensure CAPS’ intellectual property is adequately protected; ensure CAPS complies with all regulatory filings; with the CEO, write CAPS’ annual report.
  • Human Resources: oversee the organization’s personnel requirements, employee on-boarding and insurance/health benefits (with the assistance of the office manager); oversee the maintenance of personnel records and update staff handbook as needed.
  • Event planning/management: plan, manage and execute events (such as launch events for published reports or partner workshops) as required by the CEO, both within and outside Hong Kong – including preparation of materials and logistical arrangements.

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
  • 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
  • Strong cross-cultural understanding and experience
  • A multi-tasker with meticulous attention to detail
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, confidentiality and dedication to CAPS’ mission
  • An effective team player with good judgment
  • Fluency in written and spoken English (additional Asian language a plus)

The role can be structured as a four-day or five-day a week position based on the interest and experience of the individual.

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

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.

Due to the high volume of applications we will only be able to reach out to shortlisted candidates. Thank you for your understanding.

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.

Communications Manager - Hong Kong

Established in 2013, the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS) is committed to improving the quantity and quality of philanthropic giving throughout Asia. Based in Hong Kong, CAPS research works to increase the impact of philanthropists and to enhance the efficacy of social organizations. Our mission is to improve the social investment sector in Asia by understanding fundamental strengths and cultural practices in Asia, as well as researching and promoting public policies that best enable the giving and receiving of private social investment. CAPS works across 18 Asian countries and territories to generate evidence-based insights into how individuals, companies and governments can best address social challenges. For more information on CAPS research and services, please visit: http://caps.org/.

CAPS is looking to hire a full-time Communications Manager with strong writing, media relations and social media skills for its office in Hong Kong. The Communications Manager will report to the Communications Director and work closely with the research and advisory teams.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute public relations plans and campaigns for existing and upcoming research produced by CAPS
  • Produce proactive story angles and conduct media outreach
  • Ongoing media and influencer relationship management
  • Develop plan and content for ongoing social media engagement
  • Identify influencers for the topics relevant to CAPS, and build engagement programs
  • Monitor online trends and maintain a content calendar
  • Draft, edit, proofread and oversee all external content produced, including press releases, partner stories, executive interviews and other external materials
  • Collaborate with agencies and other vendor partners
  • Assist in planning and organizing events and webinars

Requirements

  • Degree in Journalism, Marketing and/or Communications or related disciplines.
  • 5+ years of relevant working experience in nonprofits, related corporate sectors or PR agencies.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Experience in digital marketing, marketing communications and event management.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Knowledge in using Canva, Google Analytics and Hootsuite (or similar platform) is an advantage.
  • Proactive, entrepreneurial, creative, resourceful, detail-oriented and strong at multi-tasking.
  • Fluency in English required. Fluency in additional Asian languages is a plus.

If interested, please send a cover letter and CV to info@caps.org. Please note that no application without a cover letter will be considered.

Research Intern - 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 parttime Research Intern with strong research skills for its head office in Hong Kong. The intern will be a member of a small but high-powered team. Given the current situation, this position can cater to remote working arrangement and flexibility in working hours. 

Responsibilities:  

The research intern will support an ongoing China philanthropy research project by conducting secondary research, data entry and analysis. Specifically, the intern will: 

  • Research and document relevant information and intelligence on foundations and philanthropy donations in China 
  • Write background briefs and memos as necessary. 

Preferably the intern can start working immediatelywith a minimum commitment of three to six months and flexibility to extend depending on project needs. The initial working arrangement will be one to two working days per week on average  

Requisite qualifications and skills 

  • Passion for social science research, and experience in qualitative research methods; 
  • Interest and experience in data analysis; 
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills; 
  • Fluent in written and spoken Chinese; 
  • Self-starter who is intellectually curious and eager to contribute ideas and opinions; 
  • Demonstrable interest in philanthropy/non-profit/social sectors. 

 

If interested, please send your CV and cover letter addressing requisite qualifications and skills to info@caps.org. 

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