Opportunities in Asia 08/30/2011

Program Officer for Asia, EMpower (Hong Kong). EMpower is a public foundation committed to building opportunities for at-risk youth (age 10-24) in emerging market countries.  Harnessing the resources of the emerging market financial sector, EMpower makes grants to local organizations across four thematic portfolios:  education, health and wellbeing, livelihoods, and leadership.  EMpower is based in the United States and has affiliated organizations in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. The Program Officer has primary responsibility for managing and growing EMpower’s grantmaking portfolio in Asia.  The current active grants portfolio comprises ~ 20 grants in 4 emerging market countries in Asia: China, India, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The Program Officer is expected to manage and expand this portfolio as well as provide or facilitate related technical assistance activities to ensure strong programmatic support of grantees.

SOW Asia (Hong Kong). SOW Asia seeks the ideal candidate to oversee the management of our social business investments and to assess their social/environmental impact.  This is highly specialized work that involves knowledge and experience across multiple disciplines and throughout the social business investment process. The main job responsibilities include investee sourcing, investee business plan/strategy development and impact measurement/investment performance. Ability to communicate verbally in English and Mandarin Chinese is essential.  Ability to read and write Chinese is a plus.  Superior interpersonal skills across cultures are required, especially the capacity to listen to and engage a wide variety of diverse stakeholders. Candidate will need to be available to travel within the region, on average 4-5 days per month.  SOW Asia will consider candidates who have no direct experience in either Venture Philanthropy or Social Business/Enterprise but experience in either investment or corporate management, business consulting or finance is most useful.  To apply:  Please submit a one-page cover letter of interest along with a resume to hr.recruit@sowasia.org

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