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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 Nepal: Communication and Corporate Delivery Officer

You will lead on office communications (both external and internal) in line with the DFID Nepal Communications Strategy, working closely with the programme teams and the British Embassy. You will also provide oversight of the office account by undertaking monthly checks on all expenditure, and by organising spot checks on the accounting function.

Closing date for applications is 4 September 2016 (11:59pm NST).

DFID Tanzania: Health Adviser

This is an exciting opportunity to become a health adviser in the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) team in Tanzania, based in our offices in Dar es Salaam. Our office has a vibrant team of professionals supporting Tanzania to improve human development outcomes (health, early child development, nutrition, education, water and sanitation and social protection) as well as improve inclusive economic growth (infrastructure, agriculture, climate change, access to finance and markets); strengthen governance (accountability, deepening democracy, anti-corruption and human rights) and monitor results and delivery (public financial management, tax and statistics).

Closing date for applications is midday 31 August 2016.

DFID India: Programme and Relationship Managers

DFID India is recruiting 2 Programme and Relationship Managers for the Asia Regional team (ART). The post-holders will be involved in driving forward an exciting and rapidly expanding portfolio of programmes across the Asia Region. The role provides scope for high profile engagement with a range of partners working across Asia, as well as scope for working on new and evolving agendas within DFID.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 28 August 2016 by 11:59pm (IST)

DFID Malawi: Deputy Programme Manager

DFID’s Deputy Programme Managers are critical to the successful delivery of our development work in Malawi. You will work closely with the rest of your team of programme and advisory staff. You will be responsible for managing and monitoring significant financial and project resources to achieve maximum results and value for money. To do this effectively, you will need to develop an expert understanding of DFID’s systems, including financial systems and build good relationships with external partners and others in the office.

The closing date for applications is midday 26 August 2016.

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

Junior Professional Officer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

UNICEF are looking for a someone with experience of working in the WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) sector.

Please note this position is being re-advertised and the deadline for applications is 17 August 2016.

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