Senior Administrator

IISS–Asia is the Singapore-based subsidiary of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a think tank with its headquarters in London. Established more than 15 years ago, the IISS–Asia office plays a leading role in organising the annual IISS Shangri-La Dialogue conference for defence ministers and also the IISS Fullerton Lecture series.

IISS–Asia is seeking to appoint a Senior Administrator. Reporting to the Executive Director of IISS–Asia, and working closely with relevant staff in the London headquarters as well as other IISS offices, the Senior Administrator will be responsible for the general administration of the IISS–Asia office, including budgetary management (notably invoicing and managing cash flow), managing local HR matters, ensuring regulatory compliance (which will involve close liaison with relevant Singapore government ministries and agencies), support for institutional governance, and providing relevant and up-to-date input to the IISS–Asia pages on the IISS website.

The appointee will play an important role in the organisation of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, Fullerton Lecture series and other major IISS meetings. The appointee will be responsible for managing a small team of event staff in the IISS–Asia office and – in close coordination with senior colleagues at IISS–Asia and IISS headquarters – be involved in high-level liaison with government departments and agencies, and identify and invite senior figures to functions. Occasional late working, weekend work and travel outside Singapore may be required. The Senior Administrator will have some support from the office’s Executive Assistant.

We are looking for a confident, outgoing and energetic individual with at least five years’ relevant employment experience and, preferably, a demonstrable interest in international affairs. She or he will be pleased to work flexibly as part of a small team in an international office environment, have an eye for detail and possess first-class communications skills, with excellent spoken and written English. Familiarity with office IT systems and proficiency in MS Office will be required.

Applicants will be expected to hold a university degree and must be Singaporean citizens.

This post will be offered with an initial two-year fixed-term contract, which may be considered for renewal by mutual agreement. The initial salary will be in the range of S$5,000–6,000 per month, and there will be a thirteenth-month bonus. Other benefits will include comprehensive health insurance, a generous annual leave provision and a Christmas/New Year stand-down.

Applications should consist of:

  • The candidate’s Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
  • A cover letter
  • Copies of transcripts from universities attended
  • Contact information for two potential referees (email and telephone)

Candidates should email their applications to [email protected] no later than 31 May 2018.

Research Fellow in Southeast Asian Political Change and Foreign Policy

The International institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), which has its headquarters in London, was founded in 1958 with an initial research focus on nuclear deterrence and arms control. In the Institute’s 60th anniversary year, these remain among its key research themes. Among a wide range of other IISS programmes that address the challenges of international and domestic conflict, the newly established research programme in Southeast Asian Political Change and Foreign Policy will investigate the important connections between domestic political dynamics and the making of foreign policy throughout Southeast Asia.

To assist in this work, The International Institute for Strategic Studies-Asia (IISS-Asia) office in Singapore is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow in Southeast Asian Political Change and Foreign Policy. Reporting to the Executive Director of IISS-Asia, the Research Fellow will be responsible for organizing and leading the research programme, conducting wide-ranging research (including through fieldwork and interviews) throughout Southeast Asia, writing extensively for IISS publications on the main themes of the research programme, and fund-raising in support of the programme. IISS publications expected of the Research Fellow will include a monograph-length work. The Research Fellow will be expected to travel frequently and to organise seminars and workshops in Singapore and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, and will be involved in supporting the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue process, including its Southeast Asian Young Leaders’ Programme.

The Research Fellow should already have a detailed understanding of the domestic politics and foreign policy of at least two Southeast Asian countries, and should have written and published widely on these countries and more generally on Southeast Asian politics and foreign policy as a whole. Candidates should hold a postgraduate degree in political science, modern history, international relations or Asian area studies and have a minimum of five years’ relevant employment experience; they should also be able to work comfortably in a Southeast Asian environment, and a working knowledge of one or more major Southeast Asian languages would be preferred.

Applications should consist of:

  • The candidate’s Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
  • A cover letter
  • Copies of transcripts from universities attended
  • Contact information for two potential referees (email and telephone)

This post will be offered with an initial three-year fixed-term contract, which may be considered for renewal if funding is available. The salary will be competitive, and other benefits will include comprehensive health insurance, generous annual leave provision and Central Provident Fund or Supplementary Retirement Scheme payments, as appropriate.

Candidates should email their applications to [email protected] no later than 15 June 2018.