Associate – Singapore

Reports to: Director

Based in: Singapore

Role Summary

The US-ASEAN Business Council is seeking an Associate who will support the Council’s programs and initiatives in the areas of food and agriculture, healthcare and customs/trade facilitation. 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 teams across Southeast Asia and in our Washington, DC headquarters as well as with representatives of the Council’s member companies. 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.

Responsibilities: 

  • Plan, manage and execute advocacy efforts for food and agriculture, healthcare and customs/trade facilitation issues

  • 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 member companies.
  • Create strong relationships and new partnerships with governments, multilateral organizations, trade associations, and other key stakeholders.

  • Monitor implications of policy and political activity in the areas of healthcare and customs/trade facilitation and provide regular updates to member companies

  • In concert with the Council’s senior leadership, undertake necessary and appropriate steps to provide strategic advice on policy matters

  • Plan, manage and execute advocacy efforts for food and agriculture, healthcare and customs/trade facilitation issues

  • 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 member companies.

  • Create strong relationships and new partnerships with governments, multilateral organizations, trade associations, and other key stakeholders.

  • Monitor implications of policy and political activity in the areas of healthcare and customs/trade facilitation and provide regular updates to member companies

  • 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 in related field such as Economics, International Relations, Political Science, East Asian Studies. A Master’s Degree is a major plus.

  • Exposure to American companies, and/or education in the United States is preferred.

  • Singapore national or permanent resident preferred.

  • 1-3 years of experience, ideally in government, government relations, economic analysis, project management, or business development.

  • Demonstrated experience successfully managing programs, events and budgets, and tracking and advocating on key policy issues.

  • Must be able to work independently and achieve concrete results.

  • Must be organized, detail-oriented and be able to successfully handle multiple tasks at the same time.Must be willing to work beyond normal business hours in order to speak with colleagues and consult with Council members based in the United States.

  • 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.

  • 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 government leaders from ASEAN countries, academics, think tanks and media.

  • Needs to 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.

Application Procedures

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter to jobs@usasean.org. 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.