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Current vacancies

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DFID will shortly be recruiting Senior Commercial Specialists and Commercial Specialists (up to 15 posts)

DFID’s multi-award winning Procurement and Commercial Department (PCD) is growing. Opportunities will soon be available to be part of this lively, professional and challenging team who “make development happen”. Join us in our work to ensure that we get the very best value for money for the UK taxpayer and make a real difference to the lives of the poorest people in the world.

We are seeking highly experienced and effective commercial specialists with senior level leadership experience to drive transformational change and deliver significant business benefits.

We expect to be recruiting up to 6 senior commercial specialists and up to 10 commercial specialists. Individuals with strong functional backgrounds and skills, but who can also branch out, understand customer needs and span functions to be whole systems thinkers and be the innovators and shapers of future services.

Full details of the posts and how to apply will be available in the near future on the Civil Service jobs website

Background information

DFID Burma: Governance Adviser

DFID Burma is looking for a talented and energetic person, with strong general management and representational skills, and governance advisory expertise to take up a unique role in Burma’s transition. You will seek out opportunities to support the new Government and Parliament, designing and implementing governance programmes to help the new Government govern, strengthen Parliament and support wider public sector reform.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 17 July 2016 at 11:59pm (MST). Late applications will not be accepted.

DFID Nepal: Economic Adviser

This is an exciting opportunity to help drive Nepal’s economic development. You will manage a cutting edge programme seeking to address the key cross-sectoral constraints to growth in Nepal, and a programme building the capacity of regulators to improve financial stability. You will also have the ability to shape DFID Nepal wider portfolio on economic development, and sharpen your own economic skills.

All applications must be received on or before Monday, 18 July 2016 11:59pm (NST). Late applications will not be accepted.

DFID Pakistan: Infrastructure Adviser

DFID Pakistan is looking to recruit an Infrastructure Adviser. This is an exciting opportunity to join the Education team, within the Basic Services Group. You will need a positive, pro-active and can-do attitude to the role. You must have demonstrated an ability to work under pressure in a fast-moving situation and to juggle a varied workload. Strong technical experience in the infrastructure sector, preferably within school construction or a similar area, as well as communication and organisational skills, will be critical.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 18 July 2016 at 12:00pm (PST).

DFID India: Investment Infrastructure Adviser

DFID India is looking to recruit an Infrastructure Investment Adviser, reporting to the Cluster Leader of the Economic Development team. The post holder will be responsible for helping deliver DFID India’s work on Investment in infrastructure – leading relevant programmes and working across urban, energy, financial and economic sectors.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 18 July 2016 11:59pm (IST).

DFID Pakistan: Deputy Progamme Managers - pool

DFID Pakistan is looking to recruit suitably qualified/experienced people into its Deputy Programme Managers pool that may be called upon to fill permanent/ fixed term positions that arise over the next 12 months.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 11 July 2016 at 12:00pm (PST).

DFID Bangladesh: Economist

DFID’s Bangladesh office, based in Dhaka, is seeking a talented economist with relevant experience who is committed to DFID’s values. The Economist role is a cross cutting role across the office but will be located in the Growth & Private Sector Team and managed by the Economic Adviser.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 3 July 2016 at 11:59pm (BST).

DFID Burma: Head of Operations

DFID’s Burma office, based in Rangoon, is looking to recruit an A2 Head of Operations. This is an exciting opportunity to provide leadership to the delivery of DFID Burma’s policy and programme agenda and partnership with key stakeholders. It would suit an experienced financial manager.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 7 July 2016 at 11:59pm (MST)

DFID Burma: Education Adviser

DFID Burma is looking to recruit an experienced and energetic Burmese education specialist to take up an exciting role to support Burma’s historical political transition process and to help grow DFID’s education programme. Eligibility: applicants should have the right to live and work in Myanmar.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 13 July 2016 at 11:59pm (MST).

DFID Burma: Health Adviser

DFID Burma is seeking an experienced and energetic Burmese health specialist to take up an exciting role to support Burma’s historical political transition process and to help transition DFID’s health and nutrition programme. The post holder will support DFID’s health sector work, assisting in planning and oversight of the new phase of the health programme, and representing DFID in discussions with government and other development partners.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 18 July 2016 at 11:59pm (MST).

Recruitment process

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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.

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.