Tan Sri Jawhar joined Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia as Deputy Director-General in May 1990. He eventually assumed the position of Chairman and Chief Executive and retired as Chairman of ISIS Malaysia on 8 January 2015.
Tan Sri Jawhar is presently Distinguished Fellow, Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR); Distinguished Fellow, Malaysian Institute of Defence and Security (MiDAS); and Fellow, Institute of Public Security of Malaysia (IPSOM), Ministry of Home Affairs. He is also a Board Member of the Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS).
He is Malaysia’s Expert and Eminent Person for the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).
He was also Co-Chair, Network of East Asia Think-tanks (NEAT) 2005-2006; Chairman, Malaysian National Committee, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) 2006-2010; and Co-Chair, Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) 2005-2014.
Before joining ISIS Malaysia Tan Sri Jawhar served in the Government. His positions in Government included Director-General, Department of National Unity; Under-Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs; Director (Analysis) Research Division, Prime Minister’s Department; Principal Assistant Secretary, National Security Council; and Executive Security, Border Security Committee Malaysia/Thailand.
He was also a Counselor in the Malaysian Embassies in Indonesia and Thailand.