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- East Asia Regional Manager, OSF, USA PDF Print E-mail

Department Asia Pacific Regional Office

Location New York

Application Deadline April 27, 2017


The Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO) of the Open Society Foundations aims to bolster and reinforce open society values in the Asia Pacific region. To accomplish this, APRO supports an array of national and regional civil society organizations, activists, and community groups. Our work takes place in three major sub-regions: South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.


Our East Asia work encompasses our work in China, Taiwan, and the Korean Peninsula, and focuses on shoring up civic activism, exposing abuses, and fighting for the rights of marginalized communities. In Southeast Asia, our work touches a wide range of countries, focused on issues such as inclusive development, human rights, democratic participation in adverse contexts, and strengthening regional institutions. Our regional work focuses on cross-border issues, supports pan-Asia organizations and mechanisms, and fosters collaboration across groups in the region.


Job Profile

The East Asia Program seeks a Regional Manager with expertise on East Asia, including China, Taiwan, North and South Korea, and Japan.


The East Asia Regional Manager will be part of the Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO) team and will report to the Asia Regional Director to ensure standards of excellence across the sub-region. This post requires experience working with civil society organizations and/or government officials in both formal and informal contexts, in order to advance the goals of a more open and just society.


The East Asia Regional Manager will be a key member of the APRO senior management team and will responsible for promoting a healthy organizational culture that prioritizes teamwork, staff development, and self-reflection in order to keep improving the way we work, with accountability at all levels.


Essential duties and responsibilities will be to:


provide bold and strategic vision, guidance and leadership on matters related to APRO’s East Asia Programming, strategy, management, governance, and budget.

remain current on regional issues impacting East Asia and develop responsive strategies to ensure the strategy is implemented and can be carried out appropriately in rapidly-changing contexts.

advise the Asia Regional Director on strategic trends, needs, opportunities and challenges in East Asia.

develop and implement an external communications strategy to bring OSF’s global work to an Asian audience.

monitor and analyze political and social developments in East Asia and advise OSF colleagues on important developments. Prepare and deliver concise, targeted written reports and presentations for diverse groups, including peers, internal boards and external audiences.

build collaborative relationships across OSF’s geographic and thematic entities more widely as well as externally to further programmatic goals.

supervise, mentor, and provide substantive guidance, feedback and support to the East Asia Team in establishing program priorities and in designing and carrying out projects.

communicate clear expectations, set performance objectives, and provide regular and timely performance feedback. This includes providing constructive feedback and counsel on appropriate career paths and professional development for staff.

provide the Asia director with regular assessments of the overall political environment, including the opportunities and challenges of the region.

as required, represent the Asia director at meetings within the Open Society network and externally.

develop and coordinate special projects as requested by the Asia director.

support thematic programs regarding their interventions in East Asia to maximize results and impact.

Candidate profile

relevant degree and at least 10 years work experience.

substantive knowledge of East Asia, sensitivity for the local context, and respect for local knowledge; knowledge of one or more regional languages a plus.

5 years’ experience as a manager with an understanding of the principles and practices involved in the effective management of a complex institution; must enjoy management.

proven commitment to the protection of human rights and knowledge of the Asia region; prior direct engagement with rights-based civil society organizations from the region a plus.

extraordinary initiative, creativity, and capacity to think strategically.

ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a diverse array of people.

team spirit and respectful working and decision-making style

ability to manage several simultaneous projects in a fast-paced environment.

strong organizational skills and close attention to detail

integrity, diplomatic manner and professional discretion essential.

willingness to travel frequently.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:


Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations, and we welcome and actively seek applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.

Job posted on 6th April 2017

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