Research Associate, Center for Asia-Pacific Resilience and Innovation

The Organization: The Center for Asia-Pacific Resilience and Innovation (CAPRI) was established in 2022 to conduct interdisciplinary, comparative research on innovative practices in policy and governance that can strengthen societal resilience in the Asia Pacific. CAPRI is based both in Taipei and at the Miller Center of Public Affairs of the University of Virginia. As a nongovernmental, nonpartisan, international organization, CAPRI’s current work focuses on identifying and meeting challenges to resilience at the intersection of health, economic growth, and environmental sustainability, particularly in the high-income societies of the region. CAPRI’s vision is to become a leading international think tank that promotes global discourse and provides Asia-Pacific perspectives on improving governance and addressing these challenges. CAPRI’s mission is to provide informed and insightful policy analysis to governments, academic and business leaders, the news media, civil society organizations, and the informed public in the Asia-Pacific region and worldwide. CAPRI’s initial funding in Taiwan has been provided by some of Taiwan’s leading corporations and philanthropists. Initial funding in the United States has been provided through a gift to the Miller Center by Taiwan’s representative office in Washington, DC. CAPRI’s founding board of directors includes policy analysts as well as corporate and civic leaders from Europe, Taiwan, and the United States, and it is chaired by CAPRI’s founder Professor Syaru Shirley Lin, a former partner at Goldman Sachs and a faculty member at the University of Virginia, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and National Chengchi University in Taiwan. CAPRI’s work will be guided by an International Advisory Council chaired by Malcolm Turnbull, former Prime Minister of Australia.

Research Partners: CAPRI serves as the Asia-Pacific hub for several international organizations involved in policy research and advocacy on the challenges to economic, health, and environmental resilience posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and on policies that can increase resilience, improve governance, and prepare societies for future challenges. These research partners include the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC; the Miller Center of Public Affairs in Charlottesville, Virginia; the Reform for Resilience Commission, headquartered at the Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University; and the Partnership for Health System Sustainability and Resilience (PHSSR), initiated by the World Economic Forum and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The Opportunity: CAPRI is seeking full-time Research Associates to undertake high-quality, applied interdisciplinary policy research on the most critical issues facing the Asia Pacific. CAPRI’s Research Associates are part of an international team of highly motivated and globally minded staff who develop and execute the Center’s projects under the leadership of the Director of Research. The Research Associate also works under the Executive Director to coordinate and support the Center’s events as well as cultivate its partnerships with academic institutions, private companies, and nongovernmental organizations throughout the Asia Pacific and the world.

Responsibilities:

Participate in CAPRI’s research projects and engagement activities

  • Work with a small team of other associates under the Director of Research to design and implement CAPRI’s research projects
  • Author articles, reports, blog posts, and other pieces of writing independently and with colleagues to present CAPRI’s research
  • Facilitate coordination with CAPRI’s current partners (i.e., the Reform for Resilience Commission, the PHSSR, and Brookings Institution) and its U.S. office at the Miller Center to develop and execute joint research
  • Support the work of visiting fellows
  • Contribute to and develop CAPRI’s research agenda

Coordinate CAPRI’s convening activities

  • Contribute to the creative development and planning of public online and in-person events with the Director of Research and Executive Director
  • Coordinate collaboration with research partners and the Miller Center to develop joint events
  • Coordinate speaker invitations, program notes, and other logistical details of public events
  • Staff and participate in CAPRI events as applicable

Communicate CAPRI’s research findings, events, and updates to target audiences

  • Research and develop key messages on CAPRI’s research findings, mission, and vision to use in press, social media, newsletters, and other communications
  • Draft talking points and speeches for the Chair, Executive Director, and Director of Research to use in speaking engagements relevant to CAPRI’s work
  • Co-manage and build up CAPRI’s social media presence
  • Identify creative ways for CAPRI to share and market its ideas and findings

Other operational, developmental, and administrative tasks as needed

  • Assist the Executive Director in preparing for meetings with potential collaborators, donors, and partners
  • Assist the Executive Director in monitoring CAPRI’s ability to reach target audiences
  • Manage CAPRI’s online presence, including its website and social media accounts
  • Present CAPRI’s origins, projects, development, and future goals to potential partners, donors, and others interested in CAPRI’s work
  • Contribute to the operations of CAPRI’s partnerships, including Reform for Resilience and the PHSSR
  • Contribute to reports for the Board of Directors and International Advisory Council
  • Meet with professionals in academia, industry, civil society, and government to build CAPRI’s global network

Required Qualifications:

  • MA, Ph.D., or JD in a field relevant to the Center’s areas of focus (e.g., social science, public health, Asian studies, public policy, economics, international affairs, or environmental studies). Exceptionally qualified BAs will also be considered.
  • At least 2 years of full- or part-time experience in policy research, especially on the Asia Pacific
  • Ability to work successfully and collaboratively within a small, flat, start-up organizational structure
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English
  • Creativity, flexibility, and a collaborative mindset
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Writing skills in Chinese or proficiency in another Asian language
  • Experience in quantitative analysis
  • Experience in communication or social media marketing for a nonprofit or research organization

Location: The Research Associate will work out of CAPRI’s office in Taipei City, with occasional travel to Charlottesville and other places where CAPRI has research partners.

Salary: Competitive; determined in light of position-related experience, professional accomplishments, and education.

To apply, please send the following materials to info@caprifoundation.org:

  1. Your résumé/CV
  2. A brief statement of interest
  3. Three samples of your academic writing or publications in English (Chinese samples are also welcome if applicable)
  4. Contact information for two professional or academic references