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Social Sciences Research
International Development Group
190G9 Requisition #

RTI International is seeking applicants for the role of Infectious Disease Portfolio Director [RTI internal title: Director, Health Policy] within the International Development Group’s (IDG’s) Global Health Division (GHD). GHD currently has a staff of over 400 and work in over 25 countries. GHD implements broad-based programs in neglected tropical diseases; infectious diseases; and health systems strengthening.

The Infectious Disease Portfolio Director will lead GHD’s infectious disease team and oversee the infectious disease program portfolio. In this role the Infectious Disease Portfolio Director will lead the development of an portfolio strategy, oversee infectious disease-focused program development and implementation, provide targeted technical assistance to strengthen lower- and middle-income countries’ (LMICs) strategies and policies as well as national and sub-national infectious disease programs planning, implementation and monitoring. The ideal candidate will have experience across multiple regions (including Africa or Asia) and have a solid understanding of global best practices across a variety of geographic contexts.  This position will report to the Vice President, Global Health Division. The position will be based in either Washington D.C. or Research Triangle Park.  Major responsibilities of this position include:


  • Provides leadership and support for all aspects of GHD’s work in infectious diseases, including business development and management of GHD’s infectious disease team and program portfolio.
  • Provides technical assistance to strengthen LMICs’ strategies and policies, as well as national and sub-national infectious disease programs planning, implementation and monitoring—areas of technical support could include strengthening infectious disease prevention, case management or disease surveillance.
  • Reviews and contributes to the development of annual project budgets, work plans, quarterly, annual, and other project deliverables.
  • Collaborates with other GHD Portfolio Directors, senior technical experts and other program staff to identify and analyze opportunities and strategies for new business and program expansion at GHD level.
  • Contributes to new business development efforts which could include one or more of the following: anticipating and planning for new business opportunities; meeting with clients in the pre-opportunity stage; leading capture planning and visits; developing technical and cost strategies and approaches; serving as proposal leader or lead technical writer for infectious disease bids; identifying and securing potential partners; and recruiting consultants and staff.
  • Manages GHD’s infectious diseases team, comprised of senior, mid-level and junior-level staff, directly supervising and mentoring team members as well as infectious diseases projects’ Chiefs of Party.
  • Represents RTI in interaction / networking with donors, strategic program partners and other stakeholders at technical meetings, events and fora to ensure engagement on the latest developments in infectious diseases and other relevant technical areas.
  • Actively contributes to further RTI’s scientific stature by presenting / publishing project findings at conferences, technical working group meetings, and in peer-reviewed literature. 

Education and Experience:

  • Masters-level degree in Public Health or related field and at least 14 years of progressive experience in program design, management, and implementation.
  • At least 5 years’ experience working in LMICs on infectious diseases-related, USAID-funded programming.
  • At least 5 years’ experience working in the malaria health technical sector, experience in one or more of the following areas will also be considered:  global health security agenda and emerging infections; maternal and child; or integrated health service delivery.  
  • Documented experience providing infectious diseases technical assistance to strengthen organizational and individual capacity in the governmental and non-governmental sectors at national and sub-national levels.
  • Documented experience developing tools and approaches to promote infectious diseases programming, more efficient use of resources, private public partnerships, and sustainability.
  • Experience overseeing and/or implementing USAID-funded infectious diseases projects in Asia and/or Africa.
  • Demonstrated and successful experience leading and supporting proposals in response to USAID RFAs/RFPs.
  • Demonstrated experience supervising and mentoring staff of various levels of seniority, both at headquarter and field level.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Proven track record in building successful relationships with donors, partners, and stakeholders in the global health community and ability to build consensus across diverse set of stakeholders.
  • Flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks and work collaboratively within a matrix-oriented environment
  • Ability to produce thorough, high quality work within a tight timeframe.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship / team building skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated skills at writing clearly and succinctly.
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office Applications Suite.
  • Willingness to travel up to 25% of time.
  • Must be fluent (writing and speaking) in English. Additional language proficiency is desirable. 

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. This position is contingent upon award and funding. RTI is proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.                                                                                                                                     


Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and laboratories; frequently conducting laboratory site inspections (if applicable), ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1. 

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.
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