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  • Senior/Research Fellow- China

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    Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a world-renowned independent policy institute. Based in London, our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.

    You will play a key role in the delivery of the department’s visionary research agenda on China, contributing to the wider Asia-Pacific Programme strategy. We’re looking for a highly motivated individual with demonstrable knowledge of this obtained through relevant work experience and education.

    This is an opportune time to join the Asia-Pacific Programme, which is at the forefront of the international debate. We are seeking a China specialist, who would conduct creative and robust research and analysis on key issues related to the country. We have an opportunity for a Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow, depending on your level of experience.

    We are an equal-opportunity employer who values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.

    Purpose of Role

    You will undertake original and vigorous research and write to a high standard for online and print media, journals and Chatham House publications. You will posses strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills with the ability to explain the complex in an accessible way. You will have demonstrable leadership skills and enjoy working as part of a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team. As an excellent communicator, you will be able to demonstrate an understanding and talent for successful fundraising, project implementation and delivery.

    Principal Responsibilities


    • Conceive, design, lead and deliver existing and creative new research projects focused on China which respond to the most interesting and important questions the region faces
    • You will collaborate with the Head of the Programme, departmental research staff and Associate Fellows attached to the programme to support and build on our existing research base
    • Produce high quality policy-relevant research, for publication by the Programme – including reports, research papers, op-eds, expert comments, etc. as appropriate

    Project Management:

    • Generate new ideas and identify subjects and questions to be investigated that positively add to the development and practice in the field.
    • Successfully deliver projects, including defining objectives, goals and outputs, setting of timelines for the project activities (including research, events and publications)
    • Formulate and draft research grant proposals in collaboration with others
    • Develop and maintain relationships with key staff to identify and facilitate research and policy-relevant events
    • Establishing and maintaining networks and links with key individuals, businesses, and institutions around the world working on China
    • Coordinate work of other project participants and partners (internal or other co-workers and external) and liaison with other groups within Chatham House, as relevant


    • Promote Chinese foreign policy and international affairs related research through presentations, publications and the media including:
    • Responding to media enquiries sensitively and appropriately as a spokesperson on China. Convey complex information clearly and concisely to different audiences in oral and written formats, tailoring content and approach accordingly
    • Ensure quality control by editing, commenting on texts, setting up advisory groups and/or peer review processes, as appropriate, for research activities.
    • Promoting the research area and the our work on it as widely as possible.
    • Publicising research project activity and its policy relevance.
    • Meeting and briefing visitors, including formal and informal presentations.
    • Editing assistance on reports and publications.

    Fundraising and budget:

    • Identify and pursue research funding on China, taking principal fundraising responsibility for own projects, drawing on the advice of the team and other authorities;
    • Prepare and submit applications to funders and sponsors for own research projects;
    • Maintain and strengthen relationships with existing core sponsors over China related work, involving them in relevant meetings and on occasion, where appropriate, providing tailored briefings.
    • Responsible for the oversight of own research project finances and accountable for performance against budget.

    Personal Specification

    Essential Qualifications, Experience and Knowledge:

    • Strong experience within this field of study with a consistent track record of publications;
    • Previous experience in a similar role (typically a minimum of three years’ experience or more for Research Fellow; and usually 5-10 years for Senior Fellow);
    • A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (PhD is desirable) ;
    • Evidence of a growing international reputation for research excellence;
    • Fluency in English and Chinese.

    Essential Skills and Abilities:

    • Excellent interpersonal skills and the capacity to build relationships both internally and with external organizations;
    • Superb communication skills, able to present information and arguments persuasively including media experience;
    • Ability to successfully raise funds for research and projects with a strong network of policy and funding contacts;
    • Demonstrable organizational skills and work logically and methodically.
    • Demonstrable trouble-shooting and problem-solving ability with proven ability to work quickly and effectively under pressure and handle challenging commitments;
    • Dedicated, self-motivating approach, with a collegiate, collaborative and consistent attitude