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.
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.
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:
- the Civil Service jobs website - this is where we advertise our permanent and fixed term posts - please register and sign up for job alerts
- Universal Jobmatch - all permanent posts across UK government are advertised here
- the Civil Service Fast Stream site
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 Pakistan is looking to recruit suitably qualified/experienced people into its Programme Officers (PO’s) pool that may be called upon to fill permanent/fixed term positions that arise over the next 12 months. We currently have two identified vacancies which we are looking to fill as soon as possible, subject to completion of the due processes.
Membership in the pool is valid for 12 months from the date of interview and a post must be secured before the pool end date. If successful and you are not offered a post immediately, we will contact you periodically to update you on possible vacancies of the same or similar nature that may be arising. We will also provide you with as much notice as possible if we are planning to offer you
Closing date for applications is midday on Tuesday 26 September 2017 (PST).
DFID South Sudan are looking for a Programme Officer, with experience in programme management, to play a key role in the management and delivery of DFID South Sudan’s projects. The position will be based in the Essential Services Team (EST). The Programme Officer will be an important member of the team based in Juba, working with colleagues to ensure programmes are delivered in line with DFID best practice and procedures. He/she will play a key role in both programme and financial management of projects with a clear focus on supporting and enhancing compliance with DFID’s rules and policy.
Closing date for applications is midnight on 28 September 2017.
We are looking for an exceptional individual to support the review of current operations in the office, identifying and then driving forward continuous improvement across the office. Some priorities have been identified for the post holder to help improve, but there is plenty of scope within the role to set the direction and approach for continuous improvement.
Closing date for applications is midnight on 29 September 2017.
As an Assistant Programme Manager you will support the Programme Manager, Senior Programme Manager and Team Leaders (TLs) /Senior Responsible Officers (SROs) to design, develop and implement programmes.
Closing date for applications is midnight on 29 September 2017.
You will be responsible for leading and managing some programmes from the exciting and diverse portfolio managed by the team. This focuses on areas that include: financial inclusion, insurance and pension, incubation, seed and early stage investments in social enterprises. There will be an opportunity to support policy development across all these areas; as well as to engage with the private sector in both India and the UK.
Closing date for applications is 1 October 2017 11:59pm.
DFID Nepal is looking for an able and energetic person to join the Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Team to support effective implementation of the on-going programme. Working with the Team Leader, Programme Management colleagues, Senior Responsible Officers/project leads as well as the Field Office team, you will have significant opportunities to lead on improving and contributing to the overall management of the £83 million 6 year 2016 to 2022 programme.
Closing date for applications extended to 3 Oct 2017.
DFID Tanzania is looking for a Programme Manager to support the programme and financial management in partnership with the Team Leader and relevant project leaders, and play a key role in advising colleagues on compliance with DFID rules and standards.
Closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 9 October 2017.
Before you apply for a job with us, please read the following guidance:
great reasons to work for DFID (PDF, 241KB, 4 pages)
- Civil Service competency framework
- International competencies
- technical competency frameworks
Baseline personnel security standard (PDF, 53.8KB, 9 pages)
- Civil Service Code
- how to find Abercrombie House
- how to find 22 Whitehall
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.