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?

As well as job satisfaction, we offer a professional working environment, competitive salaries with excellent pension provision and a range of other benefits.

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, 241KB, 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.

Leave

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.

Jobs

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.

Digital Manager: DFID Mozambique

We are looking for an exceptional and highly-motivated Digital Manager who recognises the opportunities digital technologies have to revolutionise the lives of the poor, unlock development and prosperity, and accelerate progress towards the global goals. In the first instance, the Digital Manager will be deployed to the Corporate Effectiveness Team (CET). The CET is a dynamic team whose goal is to drive excellence in the management of people, finances and programmes while using best commercial practice and delivering results for DFID Mozambique.

Closing date for applications is 4pm on 20 September 2018.

Executive Assistant to Head and Deputy Head of Office: DFID Tanzania

This is an exciting opportunity to join DFID Tanzania working as Executive Assistant to the Head and Deputy Head of Office. DFID Tanzania is a dynamic, fast moving office whose priorities and work sit at the very heart of the UK government’s mission in Tanzania. The post holder will have a critical role to play as the interface between the Head of Office and our partners in Tanzania, as well as our headquarters in the UK.

The successful applicant will provide a full range of Executive Assistant functions for the Head and Deputy Head of Office to ensure the smooth and effective running of business for DFID Tanzania.

Closing date for applications is midnight on 21 September 2018.

Social Development Adviser: DFID Tanzania

DFID Tanzania requires a knowledgeable, experienced and enthusiastic Social Development Adviser to join a dynamic international team based in its Dar es Salaam office at the British High Commission. As Social Development Adviser, you will have significant responsibilities working on policies and programmes to reduce extreme poverty, social exclusion and vulnerability. You will engage with senior levels in the British and Tanzanian governments, and at levels of influence with partners from civil society and private sector. You will gain exciting opportunities to link to DFID’s broader global policy and research work as a member of the Social Development professional cadre.

Closing date for applications is midnight on 21 September.

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.