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NGO Recruitment opens office in Japan

Australia-based NGO Recruitment has opened an Asia Pacific office based in Tokyo, Japan. Senior NFP recruitment consultant, Damian Penston, who has relocated from Sydney to head up the new office, will spend time visiting and working with clients across the region.

Richard Green, director at NGO Recruitment, said, “As a major recruitment partner for the NGO sector in Asia Pacific, we’re already highly regarded in this market. Having Damian based on the ground in Tokyo will now further strengthen our service offering sourcing talented NFP professionals for a range of job roles and further build trust with both our local and international clients.”

NGO Recruitment’s expansion in the region coincides with international NGOs shifting their focus from implementation to partnership models and looking at ways to tap into the ever-expanding local donor base. In addition to executives and operational professionals, NGO Recruitment will be focused on meeting the increasing need for both local and international fundraising professionals.

Penston commented, “All the indicators point towards a long-term demand for fundraising professionals in the Asia Pacific market and we are ready to help meet this demand.

“Being on the ground, visiting clients and really understanding their work culture means we’re better positioned to represent them with our candidates.”

Having lived and worked in Japan and Australia, Penston has over ten years’ experience recruiting for international NGOs in Asia Pacific. Recent high-profile placements include the head of conservation and the global palm oil lead for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Singapore.

He added, “When evaluating candidates, having an understanding of the various nuances of culture throughout the region makes a very important difference. I’m looking forward to working more closely with our existing NGO partners and also expanding our services across Asia Pacific.”

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