Associate - Singapore

Long-term contract
Localisation Singapore
Full remote
Posted on 01-11-2024

Real Impact Advisors

We help you create real impact. We work behind the scenes with organiszations and funders seeking to grow their impact in Asia.

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The role will primarily require the Associate to support the team on direct client work including research and analysis, report writing and design, advisory to organisations, and where required, organising events like workshops, roundtable discussions, and presentations.

RIA’s pipeline of projects currently covers diverse thematic areas including education, public health, environment, and philanthropy ecosystem engagement and potentially many more. The 1 regions cover Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, and wider Asia. Hence, the team needs to be very adept at switching between topics, learning very quickly on new topics, country systems, and models and frameworks.

The Associate can look forward to a fun and fulfilling time picking up many skills, including conducting due diligence for social investments, formulating grant reports, engaging in research for landscape studies for different sectors across Asia, and engaging with partners and clients not only in Asia, but across the world! They can also expect some travel with the work.

About Us

Real Impact Advisors (RIA) is a dynamic new start-up started by two women founders who are motivated to create real impact for Asia. With more than 20 years of experience in the philanthropy and development sector in the region, our co-founders bring extensive knowledge and network towards the work and clients that they undertake. RIA is founded on the principles of ‘doing things right’, which refer to both the quality of our work, but also the way we treat people, especially our own team.

Our philosophy is important to us:

● We are committed to ‘doing things right’

● We are professional, practical and efficient

● We work on trust

● We aim for catalytic transformation

● It’s not about ‘us’

So if you share the same beliefs, please read on!


We are looking for a junior Associate to join our new team to conduct some exciting work. We already have a roster of varied projects spanning across the region, so the candidate has to be eager to work, flexible in a semi-unstructured environment, keen to learn many different new subjects, and excited to grow and contribute towards real impact for society.

What do you need to be good at this?

  • Candidates should demonstrate exceptional writing skills, through prior writing experience with research papers, reports, newsletters and/or op-ed articles.
  • Resourceful in understanding how to conduct effective primary and secondary/desktop research, and able to process the information and present the findings in a meaningful way for analysis and communication.
  • Excellent at generating presentations: the Associate has to be well-versed in G-suite, Microsoft Powerpoint, Canva and other platforms for formulating useful and concise reports.
  • Proficient in Excel, creating charts, and analysing data.
  • Able to create infographics.
  • Skilled at summarising information in a clear and concise manner, with the ability to understand what is important and key in discussions.
  • Experience: Candidates could have 1-2 years of relevant experience on similar work (research, journalism, consulting, government, non-profit sector), but we will also consider exceptional fresh graduates with prior internship experience, and with a great can-do attitude.

Other good-to-haves:

  • Understanding of research methodologies, especially in qualitative research.
  • Great communication skills, including speaking to people from diverse backgrounds and cultural contexts, languages and countries.
  • Ability to speak/read/write other Asian languages, e.g. Bahasa Indonesia, Mandarin, Thai

How to apply

To learn more about us, please visit our website at To apply, please write to Cliquez sur candidater pour accéder aux informations. with your CV, two writing samples (please select one that would demonstrate your writing and research skills, and your areas of interest), and explain why you are interested in this position and what you hope to achieve at RIA.

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