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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.

DFID Entry Scheme for Advisers (DESA)

Can you help DFID to rise to the challenge of reducing world poverty? DFID is launching a 3rd round of the DFID Entry Scheme for Advisers (DESA). This is a great opportunity to join DFID and progress a career in development as a DFID adviser.

The scheme enables DFID to recruit and develop the right people and offer them the opportunity to develop into effective DFID advisers in their chosen field of expertise. The 3 year DESA programme combines development placements in DFID offices in the UK and overseas with coaching and other structured learning. UK placements will be in either our London Headquarters in Whitehall or Scottish Headquarters in Abercrombie House, East Kilbride, near Glasgow. If successful you will be expected to take up your UK placement in either location as determined by DFID. DESA provides DFID with a pipeline of people with the right mix of operational experience and policy competence to function effectively in a range of exciting and challenging roles as specialist advisers on international development.

Places are available in the following professional groups in this 3rd round: Evaluation, Governance, Humanitarian, Infrastructure, Livelihoods, Private Sector Development and Social Development

The scheme is looking for people with:

  • talent, commitment and a passion for development; a willingness and ability to work in countries where DFID posts prove consistently difficult to fill
  • a relevant postgraduate qualification (Master’s Degree, PhD) or equivalent
  • some relevant work experience in a relevant development field

We are also recruiting experienced professionals to join a pool of Private Sector Development (PSD) Advisers who we can call upon to fill permanent or fixed term PSD positions that arise over the next 12 months.

To apply for either please go to

Closing date for applications: 1 September 2015 at 12 Noon GMT.

DFID Tanzania: Programme Officer

DFID Tanzania is seeking to appoint a versatile and dynamic Programme Officer with strong management skills. The Programme Officer post is ideal for someone who is a self-starter, has experience working in a busy office environment, enjoys being part of a highly motivated team, is able to work flexibly and cooperate with others to meet shared objectives, and can quickly deliver results.

This is a full time post and is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Applicants must be legally authorised to work in the United Republic of Tanzania.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 12 noon on Monday 10 August 2015.

DFID Nepal: Business Support Officer

You will provide an efficient and effective Business Support service as well as Executive Assistant Services in accordance with DFID standards. This role will revolve around the following key themes:

  • HR support, including HR Passport Super User
  • Emergency Contingency Plan (ECP) functions
  • Support on corporate requests and correspondence
  • Executive Assistant to Head of Office

All applications must be received on or before 6 August 2015.

DFID Nepal: Finance Support Officer

You will provide support to the Finance Manager through the provision of regular, robust financial transaction. The post is aimed at supporting effective financial management. This will be through effective and efficient management of the budgeting process, the accounting of DFID Nepal in accordance with DFID standards and ensuring day to day safety and security of funds provided through imprest account.

Only email applications will be accepted which should be sent to AsiaHRHubRecruit. While applying for the position the Subject header should read as Completed Application – C1 Finance Support Officer.

All applications must be received on or before 6 Aug 2015.

DFID Bangladesh: Deputy programme manager

You will be a member of the human development team and will provide administrative and financial management support to the programmes. You will be responsible as project officer for one or more projects and finance officer for the health portfolio as well as ensuring that all key programme management tasks are undertaken.

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to join one of the biggest Human Development teams in DFID, which encompasses education and health programmes. The health portfolio is one of the largest in the DFID Bangladesh office with an overall programme of over £165 million for the current period 2011-2015.

All applications must be received on or before 11:59pm on 5 August 2015.

DFID Bangladesh: Project support officer

This is a great opportunity for a motivated self-starter to work for an international renowned development agency and to contribute to the development of Bangladesh.

You will: provide timely, effective administrative and programme management support to the Programme team: provide efficient, accurate financial management support, maintain accurate up-to-date Project and Financial data and MIS, ensure quality, timely corporate reporting and participate actively and effectively as a member of the team to ensure delivery of Operational Plan, portfolio and results commitments.

All applications must be received on or before 11:59pm on 31 July 2015.

DFID Burma: Programme Manager, Inclusive Growth and Livelihoods Team

You will be responsible for the programme management of key elements of the Inclusive Growth and Livelihoods Team’s programme portfolio. The team’s programmes includes a major programme on rural economic development, an exciting and developing private sector development programme and a major public sector reform programme focused on public financial management and extractives.

All applications must be received on or before 31 July 2015 (23:59 MST).

DFID Rwanda: Programme Officer: Governance team

DFID in Rwanda is looking to recruit an enthusiastic, experienced and energetic individual to fill a Programme Officer post to support its Governance portfolio. Working in a fast paced environment, the successful candidate will ensure effective project implementation, monitoring, reporting and financial accountability for the existing governance projects and will support the design of new ones.

As Programme Officer you will need to demonstrate a thorough understanding of project cycle management and value for money best practice, and be able to maintain close working relationships with colleagues across the British High Commission and with external partners.

All applications must be received no later than 26th July 2015.

DFID Burma: Programme Officer, Human Development Team

The role will focus on ensuring strong project design, project management, financial management, and annual reporting for the programmes for which the post holder will be responsible. The exact projects for which you will be responsible will be agreed on appointment. The appointment will be under local terms and conditions and is subject to security clearance. The post will be filled on a one year fixed term contract with possibility of extension.

All applications must be received on or before 24 July 2015 (23:59 MST).

DFID Palestinian Programme: Programme Officer 2 years fixed term

DFID is seeking to recruit 2 local staff members for full time Programme Officer posts to start as soon as possible. This is a fixed- term post for 2 years. It will be based in DFID’s East Jerusalem (Sheikh Jarrah) Office.

Candidates must meet Government of Israel employment criteria for working in Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 23 of July at 5pm

Recruitment process

Before you apply for a job with us, please read the following guidance on core competencies, assessment centres, security clearance and travel costs:

What we offer our employees

This section covers our flexible working policy, training and development, opportunities to work overseas, the Civil Service Pension Scheme and our equality and diversity policy.

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. We offer a diverse range of job opportunities in areas ranging from communications to social development, united by a single goal – to tackle poverty and improve the lives of people in developing countries. What could be more worthwhile than that?

As well as job satisfaction, we offer a dynamic, professional working environment, a healthy work-life balance and competitive salaries. We are an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all parts of the community.

We are committed to supporting all staff to realise their potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance. These are some of the benefits we offer.

Flexible working

We encourage flexible working to meet the needs of all employees. Under current UK employment law, all employees have a right to apply for flexible working. We will look at a range of options, including reduced hours, compressed hours and remote working.

Training and development opportunities

Meeting our ambitious development targets means improving our performance and our productivity. We are therefore committed to maximising the potential of all our staff, by providing a range of learning and development opportunities that reflect the needs of each individual.

When you join us, you’ll be taken through a comprehensive induction process designed to help you do your job effectively as quickly as possible, and to identify your individual learning needs. As your career develops, you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of options including traditional training courses, conferences and seminars, e-learning, coaching, mentoring and job shadowing.

Working overseas

For many people, the opportunity to work overseas is one of their main reasons for joining us. We offer a range of benefits and support for staff going to work overseas for 4 months or more, including (where appropriate) a hardship allowance and travel back to the UK. Allowances are also offered for partners and children.

The Civil Service pension scheme

Your Civil Service pension is an important part of your salary and reward package. We will make a contribution of between 17.1 and 25.5% of your salary to your pension fund. You will also have the option to make additional contributions or pay into a money purchase top-up arrangement. Your exact pension scheme arrangements will depend on your employment status and the date you joined the Civil Service.

Graduate Development Scheme

The Graduate Development Scheme is now closed for applications for September 2015 however you may be interested in the Civil Service Fast Stream site.

Alumni Association

If you have ever 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.

Working for international organisations

Information on job opportunities in international organisations, such as the UN, and how to apply.