Senior Expert on Southeast Asia

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 3 March 2020

Job Description


Research, Analysis, and Thought Leadership:

  • Serves as an expert on political and conflict dynamics in Southeast Asia and Oceania, with a particular emphasis on Burma, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia.
  • Researches and writes on topics relevant to USIP’s work.
  • Provides briefings to governmental or other organizations on topics related to Southeast Asia and USIP’s work.
  • Responds to public queries and media requests.
  • Supports or leads efforts to represent the program in internal and external events and to disseminate information about USIP’s programs and research findings.
  • Proposes innovative research and programming to advance USIP’s mission.
  • Liaises closely with key stakeholders in the United States, Asia, and around the world.

Development and Planning:

  • Working with the Director for East and Southeast Asia Programs, supports or leads the development and implementation of research projects and other program activities related to Southeast Asia and Oceania.
  • Helps structure and execute a wide range of program activities and events related to Southeast Asia and Oceania.
  • Identifies and maintains critical stakeholder relationships related to the program.
  • Ensures the highest level of communication and cooperation with relevant USIP departments/divisions/teams and external partners.
  • Participates in strategic planning sessions with regional and thematic teams.
  • Keeps up-to-date on new research and programs as they relate to USIP’s work.

Financial Management:

  • Pursues U.S. government funding for project initiatives.
  • Manages project budgets and ensures activities are implemented within program timelines and in a manner that meets program standards and objectives.
  • Oversees development and submission of project progress reports as required.


  • Travels around the United States or internationally as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s, PhD or JD degree in political science, international affairs, law, or related field.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of related work experience, including experience with U.S. government policymaking.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience working in/on Southeast Asia and Oceania, with a particular emphasis on Burma, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and/or Indonesia.
  • Demonstrated research, analytic, and writing skills, and excellent communication skills. Ability to write effectively in a variety of formats and for a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating with officials in government, international organizations, and national partners.
  • Fluency in English required. Working proficiency in a Southeast Asian language highly desired.

Note: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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