Associate Director, Southeast Asia - Singapore

Long-term contract
Localisation Singapore, Singapore
Occasional remote authorized
10+ yrs of exp.
Posted on 03-25-2024

Forum for the Future Asia Pacific Ltd

Forum for the Future is a leading international sustainability nonprofit organisation focused on enabling deep and urgent transformations in food, energy and the purpose of business in society.

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About the team

We are a multicultural team of 80 people, with offices in London, Mumbai, New York, and Singapore. This role is located in Singapore and will support the 7 – 8 members based locally and across the SE Asia region.

About the role

The Associate Director, SE Asia role will be responsible for contributing to the development and effective management of the SE Asia P&L, providing financial oversight, operational management, and leadership within the SE Asia team. Given that a significant proportion of our programmatic funding is from institutional and philanthropic donors, responsibilities will include overseeing grant management and reporting, managing funder relationships on behalf of the SE Asia team, and income generation.

Reporting directly to the Managing Director for SE Asia, the role entails effective budget planning, management and reporting, tracking team income targets, overseeing the implementation of Forum’s internal systems and key local processes for the smooth functioning of the office, ensuring legal and operational compliance with governance obligations, leading on office planning and addressing people matters. The role extends to line management functions and paying attention to the overall well-being and professional development of team members.

As a leadership position – with a deputising function – the role will collaborate closely with the Managing Director to set the overall team plan and programme strategy for creating impact in SE Asia and to enable the team to deliver on the organisation’s objectives in the region. As a senior representative of the organisation in the region, the role will require effective communication to convey Forum’s vision, goals and initiatives both internally and externally.

Location: Singapore - hybrid working from our Singapore office.

Candidates must have the right to work in Singapore.

Please note that the office location is not accessible for those requiring mobility support (wheelchair access). Forum is committed to make reasonable adjustments to support anyone wishing to apply with requiring wheelchair access, such as flexible work arrangements and relocating meeting venues. We welcome a discussion with any enquiring applicants about reasonable adjustments.

Salary: SGD: $127,000 - $135,000 per annum pro rata

Contract: Permanent

Benefits: Various opportunities for flexible working, generous time off policies, and other sector-competitive benefits.

Application process:

Please click on this link to review the full job description and apply for the role of the Associate Director, SE Asia, Forum for the Future.

Application deadline is 11:59pm SGT, 02.05.2024.



  • A first degree is required.


  • A minimum of 10 – 12 years of relevant experience is preferred.
  • Experience in sustainability, business, or related fields is beneficial but not essential, though we will be seeking someone who has a clear commitment to Forum’s mission to achieve a just and regenerative future.
  • Experience in NGOs or civil society organizations is not mandatory but can be valuable.

We recognise and value the range of diverse experiences that people can bring to a role. If you do not meet all the requirements outlined in the job description but still believe you have the right mix of skills and experience to thrive in this role and further Forum’s ambitious goals for change, we encourage you to apply.


  • Ability to effectively manage operational aspects and provide empathetic leadership in a small team environment.
  • Capacity to handle diverse responsibilities, including budget planning and management, compliance, line-management, grant management and funder relationships.
  • A strategic, forward-thinking planner with demonstrated adaptability and problem-solving skills, with a proactive approach to challenges and finding creative solutions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate across organisational teams internationally in a productive manner.
  • Ability to contribute towards supporting an effective matrix structure and ways of working across the organisation that enables good working relationships between the SE Asia team and the international resources team (Enable) and international Development team.
  • Excellent time management, multi-tasking and project management skills.
  • Strong communicator and writer.

Overall, the ideal candidate should possess a combination of relevant experience, a proactive attitude towards leadership and operational management, a collaborative working style, be self-motivated, self-sufficient and highly reliable, with a clear commitment to Forum’s mission.