ASEAN Associate (Jakarta)

Reports to: Senior Manager for ASEAN

Based in: Jakarta

Role Summary

The US-ASEAN Business Council is seeking an Associate who will support the Council’s engagement with the ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN-related bodies and various ASEAN working groups. The successful candidate will be responsible for crafting and executing effective advocacy strategies that generate growth and value for our member companies. S/he will partner with our country and industry teams across Southeast Asia and in our Washington, DC headquarters. S/he will monitor the latest public policy developments in Southeast Asia for these areas and be a part of solving public policy challenges that strengthen the U.S.-ASEAN economic relationship.

The Council’s position of Associate is based in Jakarta and will report directly to the Senior Manager for ASEAN in coordination with the Chief Country Representative for Indonesia. The successful candidate will develop and implement ASEAN Committee programs and advocate ASEAN-wide policy messages through ASEAN organs such as the ASEAN Secretariat as well as various ASEAN working groups, including but not limited to Environment, Innovation, Standards and Conformance, and E-Commerce. S/he will also execute and expand the implementation of the US-ASEAN Internship Program. S/he will also identify, monitor and address policy challenges and opportunities affecting the Council’s stakeholders in ASEAN.

S/he is expected to have some 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 the media throughout the region. S/he will also support the efforts of the Council’s Indonesia Committee in general and interact regularly with the leadership of the Council’s ASEAN Committee and with the Washington, DC-based liaison as well as with representatives of the Council’s member companies throughout ASEAN, Asia and the United States.


  • Plan, support and help execute advocacy efforts under the ASEAN Committee by coordinating members’ policy messages to advocate them to relevant ASEAN stakeholders
  • Help execute, expand and monitor the implementation of the US-ASEAN Internship Program
  • Identify, maintain and create strong relationships and new partnerships with the ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN working groups, ASEAN governments, multilateral organizations, trade associations, and other key stakeholders with the aim to support sectoral committees’ agendas in engaging with ASEAN
  • Identify and develop programming and advocacy messages and efforts in the areas of Environment, E-Commerce, Standards and Conformance, Innovation, Smart Cities, and Education.
  • Monitor implications of policy and political activity in ASEAN and provide regular updates to member companies
  • Work directly with Council members to drive initiatives in countries across ASEAN by identifying local government priorities and expanding on public-private engagement opportunities such as regular dialogs and consultations as well as with representatives of the Council’s member companies
  • Develop programming such as roundtables, briefings, seminars and workshops that advance the objectives of the Council’s member companies

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college in Business Administration, International Relations, Political Science, East Asian Studies or a related field. A Master’s Degree is a major plus.
  • Knowledge of ASEAN as an organization and its key programs is a must.
  • Exposure to American companies, and/or education in the United States is preferred.
  • At least 2 years of work experience, ideally in government, government relations, events management, project management, business development and/or multinational management.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully managing programs, events and budgets, and tracking and advocating on key policy issues.
  • Must be able to work independently without significant direction 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 speak 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.
  • Needs to be client-focused and maintain good and open working relationships with the Council’s 160+ member companies and their representatives.
  • Must be fluent in English with excellent written and verbal communication skills. Should be able to demonstrate the ability to produce high-quality English-language publications.
  • Fluency in a Southeast Asian language is a major plus.
  • Must be proficient in Windows Office software including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Must have good research skills and be able to learn and absorb quickly.
  • Must understand and abide by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of the United States.
  • Must be able to interact 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.
  • Needs to have knowledge of Southeast Asia, including its history, culture, politics and business environment.

Application Procedures

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter to The cover letter should include information about your availability and a brief description of your professional goals.  Clearly state in the subject line of your correspondence which position you are applying for.