RTI International

Country Technical Lead, Better Health Programme, RTI Malaysia

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 population health by 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.

Experts with a wealth of experience in public health and health systems with extensive experience in Non-Communicable Diseases are required. Some community engagement experience (including in Malaysia) is desirable and strongly regarded. In addition, candidates must have 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. Malaysians, permanent residents and candidates currently living in Malaysia are desirable but not mandatory. International applicants who meet the requirements will be required to work virtually and relocate pending movement restrictions related to COVID-19.


  • Oversee Malaysian implementation of the Better Health Programme technical programme strategy and workplan in collaboration with global RTI technical colleagues and programme stakeholders located both within Malaysia and internationally.
  • 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 Better Health Programme in South East Asia.
  • 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.
  • Collaborate with country technical leads based across South East Asia to ensure regional coherence.
  • 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.


  • Masters-level degree in Public Health or a 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 are essential.
  • Experience in managing and implementing community health programmes in consultation with community members is a plus.
  • Knowledge and experience in public health systems, epidemiology, surveillance, health economics and/or community are 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 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.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. RTI is proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.

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