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Project Associate, Communications, China

Location: China
Program area: Inclusive Economic Growth
Deadline: October 11, 2021

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region? You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Informed by more than six decades of experience and deep local expertise, The Asia Foundation’s programs—good governance, inclusive economic growth, women’s empowerment and gender equality, environment, and climate action, and regional cooperation—address critical issues affecting Asia and the Pacific in the 21st century. Together with our partners, we encourage Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Foundation began programming in China in 1979 and opened a resident country office in Beijing in 1994. On June 30, 2017, the Foundation received the certificate for Beijing Representative Office issued by the Beijing Public Security Bureau. In the past four decades, the Foundation has been working with local partners. It is committed to a thriving China, advancing shared goals of expanded opportunity and enduring cooperation within Asia and the world.

The Asia Foundation’s China office seeks qualified, talented applicants for a project associate position (focusing on communications) on a new flagship public-private project. Reporting to the project manager and China country representative, the individual will oversee the day-to-day project communications priorities of a multiyear project designed to scale fintech innovation that solves micro and small business pain points. The project builds upon the Foundation’s programming in China to advance small business entrepreneurship in communities traditionally underserved by formal financial institutions.

The project communications associate will lead the project’s shared impacts to public and private sector audiences through an inclusive growth framework. In particular, the individual is expected to implement the overall communications strategy, produce and disseminate high-quality content across various external channels, and engage with key stakeholders such as media and partners.

The individual will be a vital member of the China-based project team and ensure that the project communications strategy supports the Foundation’s goals and objectives in China. This role offers an opportunity to work in a dynamic, cross-functional setting and collaborate closely with Foundation’s staff in the Global Communications and Evaluation and Learning units.


The responsibilities listed below are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive:

  • Implement project communications strategies and activities to bring the research, profile stories, and impacts to life
  • Lead the writing and production of quality, compelling content for a variety of external platforms (handouts and reports, news releases, social media content, infographics, website, videos) and select internal content
  • Maximize project profile and impacts to local and national audiences through public events, social media, and media engagement
  • Support and curate content for global audiences, where appropriate
  • Ensure regular updates and communications with the corporate funder, government, SMBs/MSMEs, and civil society partners
  • Contribute to the design of workshops, training modules, and online resources to ensure full integration with project delivery and communications approaches, working in close collaboration with technical consultants
  • Manage public relations consultants for high-profile events in China
  • Track outputs against project communication objectives and indicators
  • Document project activities and learning for internal audiences


  • Demonstrated success engaging with traditional and online media, particularly across popular social media platforms in China
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills with the ability to work effectively with partners and colleagues across diverse cultures, countries, and work functions
  • Experience managing high-profile programs in China or the Asia Pacific region to achieve targeted outcomes
  • Experience engaging leaders in the private sector, international organizations, government, academia, and related development context is considered a strong advantage.
  • Proactive go-getter, searching for opportunities to produce media content and bring this project to life with the ability to think conceptually and strategically.
  • Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented with the ability to mitigate constraints, manage priorities and workload, and undertake tasks efficiently and clearly.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in the relevant field of study including business, communications, social studies or development studies and a minimum of five years of experience in project management, communications and outreach, public relations, media, or journalism in the international development, philanthropy, or corporate sectors
  • A project/program management certification is an added advantage
  • Knowledge and proficiency of relevant applications such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), as well as Google Suite products
  • Website design, branding, including visual design in PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, and similar software, is a plus
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Chinese
  • Women are highly encouraged to apply

Why work at The Asia Foundation?

At a critical moment in history, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the Asia region’s development, stability, and growth. You will help promote a more constructive engagement between government and citizens and advance learning and awareness about The Asia Foundation. You will work with and learn from dedicated, innovative, and accomplished colleagues and local partners and, in the process, improve your skills and expertise.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, detailed resume (with at least one writing or digital content sample and links to professional social media accounts), and names of references, all in English, to [email protected]. Application deadline: 5:30 pm Beijing time, Monday, October 11, 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.