[CLOSED] Senior Policy Fellow - Job Advert

[CLOSED] Senior Policy Fellow - Job Advert

Senior Policy Fellow

About Us

The Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN), is an NGO and network of political, military, and diplomatic leaders and experts from across the Asia Pacific, working to address global security challenges, with a particular focus on reducing and eliminating nuclear weapons risks.

APLN works to ensure that the diversity of voices from our region are more effectively heard in global security debates to achieve practical policy change. Our activities are focused on addressing strategic rivalry in the region, facilitating dialogue and nuclear risk reduction measures, managing the China-US competition, and promoting nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. We produce research, host events, and undertake advocacy work.

The APLN secretariat is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. With a team based in Seoul and in countries across the region, we are looking to recruit talented new people to join our organisation.


About You

As Senior Policy Fellow you will play an important role in contributing to APLN’s network, policy impact and research agenda. You are experienced in producing and delivering high-quality research and analysis. You can effectively manage competing priorities and can work collaboratively on projects. You will have at least four years of experience in policy or a relevant research role.  You should have an advanced degree in a related field. Fluency in written and verbal English is essential.


Job Description and Applicant Requirements

Job title:  Senior Policy Fellow

Recruiter:  Asia Pacific Leadership Network (APLN)

Closing date: Ongoing until the right candidate is appointed.

Salary range: Competitive (depending on experience)

Preferred start date: As soon as possible

Location: Remote working mostly with occasional work travel

Duration: Consultancy. Flexible on full-time or part-time depending on the candidate’s needs.



  • Managing and implementing research and policy projects (including organising conferences, workshops and roundtable discussions).
  • Conducting research and analysis related to the core themes in the APLN agenda.
  • Drafting briefing papers, commentaries and reports in English to a high publishable standard.
  • Supporting publication planning and production by proofreading and editing content and preparing online and print content.
  • Identifying emerging policy issues and analysis to ensure that our research and external commissioning is as relevant as possible and contributing to the commissioning process.
  • Engaging with APLN’s senior network to better understand policy issues and involving network members in APLN activities.
  • Engaging with governments across the Asia Pacific area to better understand policy issues and how governments understand them.
  • Representing the APLN at conferences and events.
  • Briefing journalists on issues related to the APLN agenda.
  • Contributing to the growth of the APLN network and contact database.
  • Contributing to drafting of grant applications and reports

As a small team, we support each other in our work so you will be expected to help when needed. Likewise, you can count on the support of the team however you need it.




  • Advanced graduate degree in political science, international relations, social science, nuclear security, etc.
  • 4+ years of professional work on research-related initiatives, ideally within a think tank or NGO, university, government, international organization.
  • Strong record of research in related topics.
  • Excellent written, editorial and analytical abilities coupled with strong organizational and planning skills.
  • Ability to prioritize workload and meet deliverables.
  • A willingness to work to a flexible timetable, which could include occasional commitments in the evening or early morning and international travel.
  • An excellent teammate who is comfortable with working closely with others based in different countries and settings.
  • Reside in the Asia-Pacific region (not more than a 5-hour time difference with Seoul).
  • A proven deep interest and excellent understanding of international affairs, foreign policy, and defence issues.

Highly Desirable

  • Fluency in an Asian language.


How to Apply

  • To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter detailing how you meet the selection criteria (with Senior Policy Fellow in the subject line) to Yoonsoo Kim, APLN Operations Manager, at kimys@apln.network
  • Please restrict your CV to no more than two pages of A4. This should clearly outline any relevant experience to date.
  • Please indicate your notice period if you are currently employed, and the city where you will be located if hired.
  • Please include at least two references.
  • For any inquiries regarding the application process, contact Yoonsoo Kim at kimys@apln.network