Grow Asia 
Executive Director

Job Posting



Established by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat, Grow Asia brings together companies, governments, NGOs and other stakeholders to develop inclusive and sustainable value chains and initiatives. At Grow Asia’s core are three goals – to increase the productivity, profitability and environmental sustainability of smallholder agriculture across the region by helping them access knowledge, technology, finance and markets.


Grow Asia comprises the Regional Secretariat in Singapore; 6 Country Partnerships in Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Papua New Guinea, each supported by an in-country Secretariat; and the Working Groups, which focus on specific issues or crop-based value chains. The Grow Asia network now works with more than 580 partners across the region, with 44 Working Groups collectively reaching nearly 2 million smallholder farmers.
Grow Asia is looking for an Executive Director to head its team in Singapore. The role will primarily involve (i) securing future funding, (ii) supporting the Country Partnerships, convening stakeholders, brokering partnerships, developing and sharing best practice, (iii) measuring and communicating impact against the agreed aims and objectives. This role provides a unique opportunity to be part of a dynamic organization and to contribute to socio-economic and environmental development in the region through a focus on agriculture development through the food value chain. The position also provides opportunity to connect with the World Economic Forum and be linked into the global agenda on food security and agriculture development.
We seek a highly motivated, detail-focused, multi-tasking person with high levels of emotional intelligence for this position.

Due to the current pandemic and ongoing travel restrictions internationally, we will only be considering candidates who are already based in Singapore, or can start working in Singapore by September 2021. 


II. RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:


  • Donor Relations: Focus on securing the future funding of the Grow Asia network and its regional programs.


  • Strengthen Country Partnerships: Enable a network of effective and self-supporting Country Partnerships (“CP”) to continue to deliver a program of activities through their partners that improve the lives of the region’s smaller scale farmers and strengthen the region’s food systems.


  • Regional Coordination: Enable the Regional Secretariat in coordinating the work of our CPs, facilitating cross learning and affirming Grow Asia as a recognized leader in the design and delivery of regional programs. This work involves managing partnerships with the ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAM Member States, and the regional business, farming and development communities.


  • Impact: Ensure continued progress towards Grow Asia's key targets. A particular focus will be on (1) Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E), working with the recently formed M&E committee to strengthen Grow Asia's measurement of progress, impact and effectiveness and (2) ensuring the quality of Grow Asia's technical reporting program and its continued focus on achieving results at scale.


  • Governance: Lead dialogue and relationship development with senior leaders from government, the private sector, multilateral organizations, financial institutions and development agencies, as well as representatives of Grow Asia's three Governance Bodies (our Steering Committee, Business Council and Civil Society Council).


  • Relationship with WEF: Maintain and develop a mutually supporting relationship with the Word Economic Forum, and in particular the 'Shaping the Future of Global Public Goods' platform in its work around galvanizing multi-stakeholder partnerships to strengthen food systems and food security.​


  • Service Delivery: Ensure the services delivered by the Grow Asia network are aligned with the recognized needs of Grow Asia's multiple partners (i.e., smallholder farmers, private sector players, government agencies and the donor community).


  • Team Management: Oversee team recruitment and development, including mentoring staff and raising their knowledge, insights and understanding of agricultural development. In particular, the focus will be on developing their skills and capacity to take on increasing responsibility within the Grow Asia network and/or in the broader international development space.


  • Administrative Management: Managing the operations of the Company in Singapore. This includes (1) developing the Company’s strategic and operational plans, (2) holding sole responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Company and the business of the Company, (3) delivering against agreed annual and three yearly plans and targets – and on budget.





  • Holding a Master’s degree as a minimum.

  • A minimum of 10 years work experience in similar role in leadership of partnerships, preferably in Southeast Asia. Already having a network of contacts and relationships with the leadership of the food and farming community in Southeast Asia would be a considerable advantage.

  • A proven track record in securing funding for development programs.

  • Experience of managing people, partnerships and working with or for the privet sector.

  • Recognized as a leader in delivering results orientated programs in international rural/agricultural development, and with knowledge of the broader food system.

  • A clear and proven results driven focus in their work.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • High level of integrity, committed to socio-economic development and environmental sustainability.

  • Strong networking, social and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to speak one/more of the ASEAN languages is an advantage.



To apply for this position, kindly email your resume and cover letter to by 31 July  2021.


Due to the current pandemic and ongoing travel restrictions internationally, we will only be considering candidates who are already based in Singapore, or can start working in Singapore by September 2021.