Country Technical Lead

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  • Posted on 17 March 2020
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Job Description

RTI International Malaysia is seeking applicants for the role of Country Technical Lead for the Better Health Programme Malaysia. This 3-year programme is funded by the UK Prosperity Fund from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and is being implemented across 5 countries in South East Asia as part of a regional effort to address non-communicable diseases. The Better Health Programme (Malaysia) aims to improve prosperity and reduce poverty by improving population health, reducing morbidity and mortality arising from non-communicable diseases. In addition, the programme seeks to address inequities in healthcare amongst women, the poor and marginalized communities to contribute to inclusive economic growth. These objectives will be done through three strategic pillars of the programme: community health; digital health; and health literacy and education.

The Country Technical Lead will provide technical and programmatic leadership to the Better Health Programme in Malaysia, which includes closely working with and managing multiple stakeholders across the UK, South East Asia, the US and Malaysia. This position requires full management responsibilities of the core delivery team in Malaysia as well as RTI expertise globally, and will be accountable for all deliverables and results including programme implementation, operations research, monitoring, evaluation, data analysis, training and reporting.

The ideal candidate is a Malaysian national with experience in addressing non-communicable diseases, community health and/or other health needs, extensive knowledge of the Malaysian health system and structures, and a well- established track record in programme management and stakeholder engagement. This position will report to the Managing Director, RTI Malaysia and is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Travel within Malaysia may be required up to 25% of the time.


  • Oversee Malaysian implementation of the Better Health Programme technical programme strategy and workplan in collaboration with global RTI technical colleagues and dispersed programme stakeholders

  • Collaborate with country technical leads based across South East Asia to ensure regional coherence

  • Provide deep country and technical knowledge, including of political economy and country-specific challenges, and coordinate technical specialists in the areas not covered by their personal expertise.

  • Undertake high-level stakeholder engagement (with the UK Government, Ministry of Health, Regional Programme Management, service providers, industry associations, etc.), coordinating and facilitating communications between local and global delivery teams as well as regional technical specialists under BHP SEA

  • Oversee and manage technical delivery across three pillars – community health, digital health and health literacy and education – ensuring the delivery of results and value for money.

  • Engage with UK agencies, institutions and companies to support technical delivery of the programme at the country level, in consultation with the UK Linkages team.

  • Oversight and direction to all long-and short-term personnel under the contract, including management of consultants.

  • Facilitate and leverage strategic and timely technical assistance from within RTI’s home office to ensure state-of-the art technical guidance and oversight of the programme.

  • Represent RTI Malaysia in all interactions and networking with programme partners specifically the Malaysian Ministry of Health, PwC and the Foreign Commonwealth Office and other stakeholders at technical meetings, events and fora to ensure engagement on the latest developments in non-communicable diseases and other relevant technical areas.

  • Actively contribute to further RTI’s scientific stature by presenting / publishing project findings at conferences, technical working group meetings, and in peer-reviewed literature.

  • Ensure inclusion of marginalized groups across activities in keeping with programme focus on social inclusion.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Masters-level degree in Public Health or related field and at least 15 to 20 years’ progressive experience in program design, management, and implementation. A PhD is highly desirable.

  • Comprehensive technical knowledge and experience in non-communicable diseases, epidemiology, surveillance, health economics and/or community and public health is highly desirable.

  • Research experience and a track record in peer-reviewed publications is highly desirable.

  • Demonstrated experience managing and leading technical and programmatic teams for complex health projects, preferably with experience in Malaysia including experience in the following: working with international donors, client relationship management, developing work plans, developing and monitoring budgets, managing implementation, monitoring performance, and managing technical assistance teams.

  • Demonstrated experience in staff management and supervision.

  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and work collaboratively within a matrix-oriented environment.

  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship / team building skills and high-level communication skills and able to fluently speak, read, and write excellent English.Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications

    To Apply: Qualified candidates are invited to apply to

    by March 31, 2020, and include a cover letter and current CV. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. RTI is proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.

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