Working for DFID

Careers at the Department for International Development.

Great reasons to work with us

More and more people are looking for job satisfaction: the feeling that what they do is worthwhile, and makes a positive difference to people’s lives.

DFID offers a diverse range of job opportunities in areas ranging from communications to social development, united in leading the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. We are tackling the global challenges of our time including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict. Our work is helping to build a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for people in developing countries and in the UK too. What could be more worthwhile than that?

Find out more about a career with DFID by visiting our pages on the Civil Service Careers website.

As well as job satisfaction, we offer a professional working environment, competitive salaries with excellent pension provision and a range of other benefits. We offer maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.

We welcome applications from all parts of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or background. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in all that we do and we encourage and support all staff to realise their potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance.

These are some of the great reasons to work for DFID (PDF, 249KB, 4 pages) .

Diversity and inclusion

Whoever you are and wherever you’re from, working in DFID and a broader career in the Civil Service could take you anywhere. See our Annual Diversity and Inclusion Reports.

Flexible working

Including reduced hours, compressed hours and remote working.

Civil Service Pension Scheme

Your pay and reward package includes membership of the Civil Service Pension Scheme arrangements which are recognised as some of the best in the pension’s world. You can find more information about our pension schemes on the Civil Service Pensions website.


You will be entitled to 25 days annual leave when you start increasing to 30 days after 5 years as well as public and privilege holidays.

Working overseas

We offer a range of benefits for staff working overseas, including a hardship allowance and travel back to the UK. Allowances are also offered for partners and children.

Learning and development opportunities

We offer all our staff an extensive range of opportunities to help maximise their contribution to DFID’s work.


See our advertisements for specific posts on:

Current vacancies

Please note that these advertisements are for senior professional posts, overseas posts and staff locally employed in countries where we work. For all other vacancies in DFID, visit the Civil Service jobs website.

Social development Adviser: DFID Rwanda

DFID Rwanda is looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated social development adviser (SDA) to help take forward an exciting portfolio with a strong focus on Leaving No-one Behind. The successful applicant will sit in the Social Sector Team (reporting to the Team Leader in the first instance).

The post holder will coordinate and steer a major office priority as the lead of DFID Rwanda’s Leave No One Behind work across a range of social development priorities in a politically charged and dynamic social context.

Closing date for applications is midnight on 25 November 2018.

Administration Officer: DFID Pakistan

DFID Pakistan is looking to recruit suitably qualified/experienced people into its Administration Officers pool that may be called upon to fill permanent/ fixed term positions that arise over the next 12 months. We currently have one fixed term appointment which we are looking to appoint staff to around February 2019.

Closing date for applications is 26 November 2018 at 11:59pm (PST).

Climate and Environment Adviser: DFID Nigeria

We are looking for a Climate and Environment Adviser to drive forward the successful implementation of DFID Nigeria and the EU’s Solar Nigeria social components, and develop and ensure a coherent suite of future solar and climate interventions for the UK in Nigeria.

The job holder would report to the Head of DFID Nigeria’s economic development team or their delegate. This position will be situated within the programme office for DFID’s Solar Nigeria programme within Abuja.

Closing date for applications is 5:00pm on November 2018.

Finance Manager: DFID Kenya

DFID Kenya is seeking an experienced and motivated Finance Manager to take up an exciting role within an exciting team. The post will support effective financial management across DFID Kenya as part of a network of finance managers and to provide assurance to the Head of Kenya on the financial implications of programme and operating costs delivery.

Closing date for applications is 30 November 2018.

Research Specialist: DFID Kenya

You will be an essential part of the East Africa Research Hub working on providing evidence support to DFID country offices. Your main responsibilities in the first six months will be to manage and develop an ongoing portfolio of research and support. This will mean leading a new programme of research on urbanisation and well as a portfolio of ongoing research covering regional growth and country-specific studies for Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda, considering emerging research needs in the region, assuring the quality of ongoing studies and managing uptake of others. You will lead EARH’s engagement with DFID country offices in Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan. This position is based in Nairobi, Kenya and involves frequent travel in the region and to the UK.

Closing date for applications is 30 November 2018 at midnight.

DFID Uganda: Climate Change and Natural Resource adviser

DFID Uganda are looking for an experienced individual to lead their work on climate change, natural resource management and environment. The role will involve providing technical and management support to a range of programmes, and engagement and policy influencing with key players in the sector. The role will promote UK’s position and interest in ensuring a sustainable and prosperous Uganda.

Closing date for applications is midnight on 3 December 2018.

Recruitment process

Before you apply for a job with us, please read the following guidance:

Government Internal Fraud Initiative

From Monday 30 October 2017, DFID will be participating in the Government Internal Fraud Initiative in conjunction with the Cabinet Office. The purpose of the initiative is to protect the Civil Service and public funds against loss caused by internal fraud and dishonest conduct, and introduce a strong deterrent against it.

Under the initiative, a 5 year ban preventing individuals gaining employment in any participating department will be imposed on anyone dismissed for fraudulent or dishonest conduct. Individuals who resign or otherwise leave, but would have been dismissed had they continued in employment will also be subject to the ban.

Successful interview candidates to DFID will be screened against the Cabinet Office database. The Cabinet Office will use information on the outcome of any checks for monitoring and analysis purposes, and to ensure that checks are being carried out correctly. The data will also be used for research on the prevention and detection of fraud. No data will be shared outside of the Department for International Development, Cabinet Office, Civil Service Resourcing, and other participating departments except on an anonymised basis.

Alumni Association

Over time DFID has benefitted from an exceptionally talented and diverse group of employees. DFID’s alumni network maintains connections between current employees and alumni and improves access to organisational knowledge and experience. If you have worked for DFID, the Overseas Development Administration (ODA) or the Overseas Development Ministry (ODM), the Alumni Association is for you. It’s your first port of call for getting the latest news from fellow alumni, and updates about the work of the department.