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 a Director of Research able to drive policy impact and promote change in the Asia Pacific through high-quality, interdisciplinary policy research. As the creative force behind CAPRI’s research agenda, the Director of Research leads an international team of research staff to develop and implement the Center’s projects and partnerships. The Director of Research is instrumental in developing the messages and ideas the Center promotes and offering policy solutions to the most pressing challenges the world faces today. CAPRI’s first Director of Research will establish a visiting fellow program and develop CAPRI’s annual forum in Taipei, along with other seminars, workshops, and events that spark discussion and drive impact on best policy practices in the region.
Lead CAPRI’s research and programming
- Manage a bilingual team of in-house research associates
- Author articles, reports, blog posts, and other pieces of writing that present CAPRI’s research
- Coordinate with current partners (i.e., the Reform for Resilience Commission, the Partnership for Health System Sustainability and Resilience, and Brookings Institution) and CAPRI’s U.S. office at the Miller Center to develop and execute joint research projects
- Establish a visiting fellow program and recruit fellows to undertake CAPRI-branded research in Taipei
- Develop regular reports on CAPRI’s research to present to the Board of Directors
- Propose a medium- to long-term research agenda for CAPRI’s independent projects, including key deliverables and timelines, with input from the Board of Directors, International Advisory Council, and staff
- Identify and cultivate partnerships and joint research opportunities with new partners in the Asia Pacific and beyond
- Develop metrics for measuring the impact of CAPRI’s research
Develop CAPRI’s convening activities
- Lead the creative development and planning for CAPRI’s independent events with the Executive Director
- Collaborate with CAPRI’s research partners and the Miller Center to develop and execute joint events
- Speak in such events as applicable
Together with the Director of Communications, oversee communications promoting CAPRI’s brand and research
- Draft talking points and key messages on CAPRI’s main research findings to use in press, social media, and other communication platforms.
- Represent CAPRI at external academic, research, and policy events internationally
- Promote CAPRI by discussing its research and policy recommendations in interviews, guest lectures, articles, blog posts, and other publicity opportunities for CAPRI
- Develop creative ways for CAPRI to share its findings
- MA, JD, or PhD in a field relevant to CAPRI’s areas of focus, preferably with experience in inter-disciplinary and applied policy research
- At least 5 years of experience in leading teams in policy or academic research on the Asia Pacific
- Ability to work successfully within a flat, start-up organizational structure
- Outstanding research and writing skills in English
- A creative outlook toward research, collaboration, and solutions for public policy
- A commitment to governance in the Asia Pacific
- Experience in organizing collaboration in think tanks, academic institutions, or research organizations
Location: The Director of Research 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 email@example.com:
- Your résumé/CV
- A brief statement of interest
- Your publications
- Contact information for three professional references