Program Manager, Digital Asia

Research Operations · Vancouver, British Columbia
Department Research Operations
Employment Type Fixed-Term Full-Time


The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is looking for a Program Manager, Digital Asia to lead the research and activities for its Digital Asia Pillarwhich explores how technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution impact Canada's current and future engagement with the Asia Pacific.  This position is for a one-year full-time, fixed-term contract with a possibility of extension.


The position reports to the Vice-President, Research, and works closely with other members of the research team. The position is based in Vancouver, B.C. The Program Manager Digital Asia will:


  • Develop and maintain the direction and research focus of the Digital Asia pillar;
  • Conduct original research to contribute to a better understanding of how technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution affect Canada's current and future engagement with the Asia Pacific;
  • Manage research and policy work related to this pillar and ensure the frequent publication of Dispatches, Case Studies, Policy Briefs, and/or Research Reports;
  • Manage JRS and PGRS working under this pillar;
  • Develop and manage budgets, reporting, and action planning for the pillar;
  • Prepare analytical reports and briefing materials in support of the VP Research and CEO's external engagement;
  • Fostering funding and research partnerships to support pillar activities;
  • Coordinates and facilitates meetings, consultations, and partnership events in collaboration with the Events team;
  • Actively contribute to the delivery of the twice-weekly Asia Watch newsletter;
  • Help with other duties as required to meet the needs of the role in relation to organizational goals.


Desired Skills and Abilities:


  • Knowledge of current affairs, research, and related briefing/reporting of issues related to digital technologies and to Asia Pacific‑Canada relations;
  • Familiarity with policy research and/or policymaking;
  • Strong project management, interpersonal, intercultural and networking, presentation and communication skills;
  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure and with short deadlines;
  • Ability to work independently on specific files and master new topics quickly;
  • Interest in advancing an informed understanding of Canada-Asia relations;
  • Ability to negotiate challenging diplomatic environments;
  • Entrepreneurial;
  • Working proficiency in at least one Asian language (asset).

Desired Education and Experience:


  • An MA or Ph.D. degree, in related fields such as economics, political science, or international relations;
  • 3-to-5 years’ previous work experience in government, think tanks, non-profit organizations, or track-two organizations;
  • Demonstrated expertise in the field of digital technology;
  • Project management experience;
  • Previous work experience liaising with and preparing reports required by Canadian government agencies (asset);
  • Experience studying or working in Asia (asset).


 Application Procedures:


Applications are accepted in English and/or French.  Applications should include the following (merged in one pdf file) 

  • Cover letter and Résumé detailing the applicant’s academic background, skills, professional experiences, and motivation to join the research team as Program Manager for APFC’s Digital Asia pillar;
  • A one-page research statement detailing what the applicant would suggest as a multi-year research plan for the Digital Asia Pillar;
  • A writing sample (published or unpublished);
  • Name, title, and contact information (email and phone number) for two academic or professional references.  


References will be contacted only if the applicant is short-listed for the position.


Applications are accepted in English and French. The deadline to submit an application is Sunday, March 14, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. (PDT).


Candidates with the desired education and experience are encouraged to apply.  APF Canada is committed to employment equity practices and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates with the legal right to work in Canada. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Applications are considered on a rolling basis so please submit your application once it is prepared.





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  • Location
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Department
    Research Operations
  • Employment Type
    Fixed-Term Full-Time