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Deputy Head/ Assistant Head, Strategy

Apply now Agency: National Research Foundation
Job no.: 532921
Work type: Permanent/Contract
Location: Singapore
Categories: Engineering, Policy Formulation, Research and Analysis, Sciences (e.g. life sciences, bio-technology etc.)

The National Research Foundation (NRF), a department under the Prime Minister's Office, sets the national direction for R&D and coordinates the research agenda of different agencies to transform Singapore into an innovative, entrepreneurial and knowledge-intensive economy, with R&D as a key driver.

We invite outstanding candidates with the right background and experience and the passion to shape the long term R&D landscape in Singapore to apply.


  • Help implement the national technology foresight process as part of planning for RIE2025, involving engagement with relevant stakeholder agencies (through meetings, workshops, etc) and analysis of economic/technology data and trends; 
  • Perform corporate planning and provide secretariat support to key platforms (e.g. the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC), NRF Board) to ensure that the Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) plan remains relevant in serving Singapore's national and economic needs;
  • Develop, implement & monitor science and technology research programmes and policies, and evaluation & measurement systems, so as to achieve national goals & objectives;
  • Monitor and analyse science & technology trends and statistics, to identify priorities and new opportunities in research and innovation; and
  • Manage special projects related to the research strategy and governance, which could include international partnerships in RIE.

Depending on the applicant's interest and demonstrated aptitude for the role, there would be double-hatting opportunities in other Technology domains within NRF.


4-7 years’ experience, with background in science, engineering or economics and preferably in policy, planning and/or strategy work. The candidate should also possess strong analytical abilities, a broad sense of perspective and ability to collaborate well with others.

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