Reports to: Director
Based in: Singapore
The US-ASEAN Business Council is hiring an Associate or Manager to spearhead the Council’s Financial Services and Energy committees work program.
The Associate/Manager will execute the programs in partnership with relevant stakeholders including the U.S. government, ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN governments and other trade/sector-specific organizations and associations. S/he will identify, monitor, and address policy challenges and opportunities affecting those stakeholders. General knowledge and exposure on international political, economy, trade and business and their impact on ASEAN and U.S. relations are required. S/he is expected to have wide networks and contacts in pertinent government ministries throughout Southeast Asia and the ability to develop and grow those contacts further. In addition, s/he is expected to develop contacts with leading business executives, academics, think tank leaders and other relevant stakeholders in the region.
The position is based in Singapore and will be required to interact regularly with the corporate leadership of the Committee based in Southeast Asia and the Washington, DC-based liaison as well as with representatives of the Council’s member companies throughout ASEAN, Asia and the United States.
The position also offers opportunities to work with well-skilled and deeply passionate individuals, some of whom are the leading experts in Southeast Asia in business, foreign policy and international affairs. The successful candidate is expected to display a strong ability to work in a team with multi-cultural and professional backgrounds.
- Coordinate and support the implementation of the Council’s ASEAN Financial Services and Energy committees work program.
- Work directly with the Council members to drive ASEAN Financial Services and Energy committee’s programs by identifying and monitoring ASEAN priorities and advancing the regional policy objectives of member companies.
- Identify capacity building and technical assistance opportunities that U.S. businesses can offer for ASEAN Member States in the areas of financial services and energy.
- Conduct research on current regional economic policy issues related to financial services, including financial technology, financial data, financial inclusion, insurance, digital currencies and digital identity.
- Conduct research and identify opportunities for U.S. energy companies and crucial ASEAN stakeholders to address challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic and volatility in the energy sector.
- Keep track of press coverage of the ASEAN activities and monitor the media, government websites or think-tank organizations’ website to collect information that is relevant to the Council’s advocacy work.
- Expand public-private engagement opportunities between the Council members and relevant ASEAN sectoral bodies related to financial services and energy through regular dialogues and consultations.
- Coordinate technical preparation, organization and execution of the Council’s Financial Services and Energy activities such as webinars, workshops and roundtable discussions.
- Build relationships with U.S. and ASEAN politicians and policy makers/influencers and a network of industry partners.
- Work cross-functionally to position corporate messages, create advocacy among stakeholders and reinforce efforts to properly position private sector views.
- Work with Council staff throughout Southeast Asia and in Washington, DC to ensure all projects and daily workload are being completed and escalated to the supervisor as needed.
- Monitor implications of policy and political activity on sector-specific business areas and provide regular updates to member companies, including staying up to date on key contacts and regional events.
- Support other Council’s initiatives where necessary.
- In concert with the Council’s senior leadership, undertake necessary and appropriate steps to provide strategic advice on policy matters.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college in Business Administration, Economic Development, Development Studies, International Relations, Political Science, East Asian Studies or a related field. A Master’s Degree is a major plus.
- Exposure to American companies, and/or education in the United States is preferred.
- Visa/documentation that allows work in Singapore.
- 2-4 years of work experience, ideally in government affairs, project management, business development and/or multinational management.
- Demonstrated experience in successfully managing programs, events and budgets, and tracking and advocating key policy issues.
- Must be able to work independently with minimum supervision and achieve concrete results.
- Must be organized, detail-oriented and be able to successfully handle multiple tasks at the same time and function in a fast-paced environment.
- Must be willing to work beyond normal business hours in order to coordinate with colleagues in the United States, participate in regular staff calls and consult with Council members based in the United States and other parts of Asia.
- Need to be client-focused and maintain good and open working relationships with the Council’s 175 member companies and their representatives.
- Must be fluent in English with excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to demonstrate the ability to produce high-quality English-language publications.
- Must have good research skills and be able to learn and absorb quickly and present the findings of his/her research in a systematic and effective manner.
- Must be able to interact and build effective communication with all organizational levels including senior management of member companies, senior business leaders from ASEAN countries, senior government leaders from ASEAN countries, academics, think tanks and media.
- Must have a good sense of logistics and ability to plan, run and execute programs.
- Must be a strategic thinker who understands key variables and can execute a plan to move members’ issues forward.
- Have knowledge of Southeast Asia, including its history, culture, politics and business environment.
- Knowledge of ASEAN as an organization and its key programs and players is a plus.
- Must be proficient in Windows Office software including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
- Ability to design interactive promotional material, presentation deck, infographics and a website is a major plus.
- Fluency in a second Southeast Asian language is a major plus.
- Must understand and abide by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of the United States.
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