Raleigh is hiring!


With the impending closure of Raleigh Borneo's operations comes a new opportunity to create change and continue the legacy of the organization. The group is now looking for a Raleigh Malaysian Societies Programme Director to chart a sustainable path forward for the Raleigh Malaysian Societies. Amongst other responsibilities, she/he will lead the development of new projects and expeditions, build relationships with prospective partners and donors, and lead the submission of funding proposals or grant applications.

It will be a paid role based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The closing date for applications is 26th of August, 2018 at 11:59pm (MYT). If you are interested, please do check out this document for more details. Do apply soon as the deadline is approaching, and share this opportunity with any friends or family who might be interested! 


Some key highlights:


Role Description - Raleigh Malaysian Societies Programme Director

Responsible to: Raleigh Malaysian Societies Coordination Group

Location: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (home-based working)

Contract: 6-month fixed term contract

Start Date: October 2018

Salary: MYR6,143 – 8,935 pcm based on experience


Introduction to Raleigh National Societies

Today more people than ever before are working together to create sustainable change around the world. Despite this there is much more work to be done. Raleigh International focuses on working for and with youth to inspire and make positive change. 

Raleigh International empowers young people from around the world who are passionate about taking positive action. We believe that when young people work side by side to create positive change, it empowers them, and it’s the energy and motivation of empowered people that creates lasting change

Raleigh National Societies have become a global community of more than 42,000 people committed to building a sustainable future. Across the Asean region Raleigh National Societies operate in Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Japan and China. In Malaysia Raleigh has two National Societies Raleigh International Kuala Lumpur (RIKL) and Raleigh Sabah Society (RSS) who are members of Raleigh’s global alliance.


General purpose of the role

To provide the Raleigh Malaysian National Societies with the resource to build their capacity to deliver lasting change through youth. The role will provide the functions necessary to enable the Malaysian National Societies to become sustainable by:

  • Building the capacity of the National Societies to increase their skills, knowledge and ability to implement sustainable business models;
  • Leading the development of new projects and expeditions over a longer term workplan, including programmatic design, financial planning and overseeing operational delivery;
  • Building relationships with prospective partners and donors; and
  • Leading the writing and submission of funding proposals and grant applications to enable longer term financial stability and operational growth

The Programmes Director will report to a Raleigh Malaysian Societies Coordination Group (and its nominated Chair). The Group’s responsibilities are to approve the Director’s plans for realising the Societies’ strategic direction, approve their proposed budget allocation and to offer advisory support with delivering the role objectives.

It is anticipated that the securement of new programme funding streams will allow the Programmes Director to remain in a remunerated post beyond the 6 months to continue the incremental development of long-term National Society programmes.  This role is funded by the Raleigh Hong Kong Society and Raleigh International in a grant awarded to the Raleigh Malaysian Societies. 


Key areas of work

Capacity building

  • Facilitate a series of capacity building workshops with the National Societies to develop their tools, skills and knowledge
  • Collaborate with the National Society interns from Raleigh Borneo summer expedition to continue to upskill them and mentor them in their new roles in their respective Societies
  • Establish and build relationships with prospective partners, donors, supporters and participants

Operational growth

  • Develop a 24-month action plan aimed at running regular and larger scale expeditions in Malaysia, identifying operational requirements such as insurance, training and safety procedures that are in line with Raleigh International standards
  • Plan and support the Malaysian National Societies to deliver projects and expeditions, including providing project design, guidance on logistics and recruitment and training of participants
  • Convene and organize regular committee meetings including logistics, venue preparation, agenda and report preparation and communications to members
  • Ensure Malaysian National Societies operations meet agreed standards, any contractual obligations and the terms of Raleigh International’s Global Alliance Framework

Fundraising and financial management

  • Seek new funding opportunities and partnerships including government bodies and private corporations
  • Research and identify potential donors and develop fundraising strategies and targets
  • Lead the writing and submission of quality funding proposals, concept notes and grant applications
  • Ensure effective donor stewardship and timely and accurate financial and narrative reporting
  • Construct robust budgets for projects and expeditions
  • Maintain financial and resource management of projects
  • Support the Raleigh Malaysian National Societies’ Treasurers throughout the year to ensure sound financial reporting and grant stewardship.

Communications and profile raising

  • Support the Society Communications Officers to develop communications, marketing and recruitment plans to engage young people in Raleigh Malaysia activities
  • Undertake effective liaison between the Malaysian National Societies and Raleigh International Head Office, based in London, UK.
  • Develop and strengthen systems to maintain and grow National Society membership
  • Raise visibility of Malaysian National Societies, presenting work to partners, donors, government departments, peers and experts
  • Work to heighten the visibility of Raleigh Malaysian National Societies local country work and credibility amongst key stakeholders
  • Support Raleigh Malaysia Societies to share news and information to alumni and society members through digital channels including the websites and social media channels
  • Support the collection of evidence as required by Raleigh International


  • Support Raleigh Malaysia Societies and alumni to work together on youth national campaigns which will build a sense of common purpose


Person Specification

Knowledge and experience

  • Developing, implementing, managing and monitoring of business development plans
  • Knowledge of relevant funding and bid writing
  • Developing reports for different audiences
  • Working collaboratively in a multi-cultural setting across different teams
  • Facilitating others to work effectively
  • Understanding of Raleigh International aims and ethos
  • Experience of working with youth-led organisations and working with volunteers
  • Experience of facilitation and training
  • A good understanding of international, environmental and development issues
  • Experience of working collaboratively with young people from different cultures


  • Competency with IT including Excel spreadsheets, Word, PowerPoint and database software
  • Excellent writing and numerical skills
  • Planning and event coordination
  • Knowledge of communications and marketing
  • Self-motivated, highly organised and works well under pressure
  • A high degree of tact and diplomacy
  • Work successfully as part of a team
  • Able to multi-task, and prioritise a heavy workload
  • Ability to work autonomously and take on responsibility without close supervision
  • Able to work remotely in supporting National Societies
  • Fluent in written and verbal English communication. Fluency in Bahasa Malay desirable

Expected hours of work

This is a full time position; working hours are flexible in accordance to key performance indicators and tasks required, but the employee must be present and available during the “core” work hours to be agreed with the National Societies. Often weekend and evening work will be required as role duties demand.


Work travel is covered by the operational expense budget, and some out of the area and overnight stays and travel may be expected.

Other duties

Please note this role description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this role. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Other information

Safeguarding and Vulnerable Adults

Raleigh International is committed to ensuring the health, safety, welfare and development of all young people with whom it works regardless of gender, age, stage of development, disability, sexual orientation, religion, culture or ethnicity.  All participants who take part in activities organised by us should enjoy taking part in these without fear of harm.  We guide all staff and volunteers to show respect for and understanding of young people’s rights and their safety and welfare and by so doing, conduct themselves in a way that reflects our principles.

Anti-Corruption Policy
It is Raleigh International’s policy to conduct organisation business honestly, and without the use of corrupt practices or acts of bribery to obtain or receive an unfair advantage.

Raleigh is committed to ensuring adherence to the highest legal and ethical standards of organisation conduct. This must be reflected in every aspect of the way in which we operate. We must conduct all our dealings with integrity. Bribery and corruption harms the societies in which these acts are committed and prevents economic growth and development.

Any breach of Raleigh’s policy will be regarded as a serious matter and will be dealt with under our disciplinary procedure. In serious cases, it may be treated as gross misconduct leading to summary dismissal.


Application process

Please send a copy of your CV and covering letter as to how you meet the essential elements of the role to m.mccarthy@raleighinternational.org

Closing date: 26/08/2018 11:59 pm (MYT)

Interviewing from: 07/09/2018

Eligibility:  To be considered for this role applicants must have the right to live and work in Sabah, Malaysia.