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Thank you for being as enthusiastic about social democracy as we are. Join one of our offices across Asia and get engaged in the work of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES). Please find our current job vacancies and information on the application process below.

Programme Manager for Trade Union Cooperation in Asia

Starting Date:   August 1st, 2019

Location:           Singapore

Duration:           Permanent

Deadline:           June 28, 2019

Do you have several years of professional experience in promoting social dialogue and working with trade unions? Are you value-driven, socially minded, communicative and enjoy working with people from different backgrounds? Then you could fit in well with us!

Who we are

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is an independent, private and non-profit organization headquartered in Germany. Promoting social democracy and development worldwide, contributing to peace and security and shaping globalization politically—these are the goals and guidelines of our international work. At the heart of this work is a worldwide network of offices and partners with which the FES conducts educational and advisory activities in over 100 countries. In cooperation with its partners in the region, the FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia focuses on the promotion of social justice in Asia.

Your role and tasks

The Programme Manager will be responsible for all FES regional cooperation activities in the field of trade unions, labour policies and standards, workers’ rights and social justice. He/she will work extensively with union partners throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Tasks include the planning and organization of events and conferences in the region, the further promotion of regional social dialogue in ASEAN, and analytical work related to the role of unions in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the changing nature of work in Asia. The Programme Manager will, as an outcome of our activities, formulate policy recommendations for decision makers as well as craft advocacy strategies together with trade unions. He/she will manage all related administrative procedures and budgetary aspects of his/her portfolio.

What we expect

  • Master’s degree, preferably in Political Science, Economics or related fields;
  • Minimum of three years work experience in project management in a related field;
  • Previous professional experience in at least one country in Asia for an extended time period;
  • Sound knowledge of trade union structures, economic and social challenges in Asia and the changing nature of work in the region;
  • Sound experience in analytical project design and development;
  • Ability and willingness to extensively travel across Asia;
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English; a good command of written and spoken German and/or a language spoken in the Asia-Pacific region would be an advantage;
  • Excellent interpersonal, intercultural skills and communication abilities;
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task;
  • Experience with social media and communication outreach;
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team.

What we offer

  • Exciting and meaningful occupation in one of Asia’s most dynamic regions;
  • Workplace at the FES Office in Singapore;
  • Full-time employment (40 hrs/week) on the basis of an Employment Pass;
  • Competitive fixed salary including Annual Wage Supplement (AWS);
  • Collegial working atmosphere in a dynamic, dedicated and innovative international team.

Are you interested?

Please send your cover letter, CV and relevant supporting documents by Friday, June 28, 2019, to info(at)


Thank you for your interest in an internship with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Asia. For internships in the Singapore-based FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia see for more information below. For internship opportunities in any of our 13 other offices in Asia, get information on our About page and contact the respective country offices.

More information

An internship at the Singapore-based FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia offers the possibility to experience and support the work of a political foundation at the regional level in Asia.

Who can apply

You may apply for an internship if you are an advanced student (minimum final year of B.A. studies) of Political Science, Social Sciences, Economics or related studies and display strong interest in international cooperation. FES scholarship recipients and applicants with a keen interest and preliminary experiences in the field of labour and trade issues, trade unions, feminism and social protection are particularly welcomed to apply. English proficiency is a must for our work. German and/or other Asian languages are beneficial.

Duration of internship and what to expect

During an FES Singapore internship, you will experience the working environment of a German political foundation and its cooperation activities in the field of social justice. Interns are required to support the FES team in its daily work, including organizing and implementing workshops and conferences, doing desk research, writing reports and assisting in office administration. The maximum internship duration is 3 months.

Upon request, FES can provide you with more detailed information on living and working in Singapore. Please be informed that standards of living in Singapore are very high which translates into high living expenses while living here. Due to internal regulations, FES can only offer a minor contribution to your internship-related expenses. In total FES will support you with 450 €uro/month. Additional expenses like flight ticket, visa fees, health insurance, etc., are not covered by FES.

How to apply

Applications (to be written in English) should be submitted at least 3 months in advance of your preferred starting date of the internship. You are requested to include the following documents in your application:

  • Motivation letter (1-1.5 page): What motivated you to apply for an internship with FES? Why did you choose the FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia based in Singapore? What do you expect from the internship? How can you contribute to our work? Please state your preferred time window for the internship. You may indicate two time windows in case your availability is flexible;
  • Curriculum Vitae (please also state your date of birth);
  • Recent overview of grades and study credits issued by your university;
  • Other relevant documents, e.g., reference letters from previous internships.

Once you are shortlisted you will be invited for a brief skype interview. Upon a successful application, you will need to apply for a visa and work permit under the Singapore Work Holiday Programme which permits you to enter Singapore for the purpose of your internship only. Singapore has specific and strict regulations for internship applicants based on age and university affiliation.

For details on visa matters please refer to the website of the Ministry of Manpower of Singapore.

Please send your application by email to FES Office Administrator Ms. Patricia D'Cotta at info[at]

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia

7500A Beach Road
The Plaza
Singapore 199591

+65 6297 6760


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