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.
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 Ghana is looking to recruit a Governance Adviser to be based in its office in Accra. The role incorporates technical leadership and oversight of DFID programmes; providing cross-cutting governance advice to the office, UK government in Ghana, and policy engagement with donors, Government of Ghana and civil society organisations.
Closing date for applications is midday on Friday 28 July 2017.
DFID Tanzania is looking to recruit a Finance Analyst to support the local Finance Manager. This will involve delivering assurance to the Head of Office on the financial position and current performance so that effective action is taken on a timely basis.
Closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 14 August 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.