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.
This role is to support DFID’s work on skills in India: a high priority area of work for both UK and Indian governments. The UK already has a strong partnership with India on skills though several existing initiatives and there is scope to do more. You will shape the strategy for our engagement over the next 12 months and beyond, and deliver that strategy.
Closing date for applications is 26 November 2017 at 11:59pm.
DFID Burma as looking for an Office and Liaison Manager to provide efficient general administrative support, along with leading on logistics for visits and assisting in developing government and implementing partner relationships, to the DFID Liaison Office in Nay Pyi Taw.
Closing date for applications is 26 November 2017 at 11:59pm (MST).
DFID DRC is looking to recruit a suitably qualified/experienced person as a Commercial Manager. The post holder will be a member of DFID DRC’s Commercial team, working closely with the Commercial Delivery Manager and Delegated Procurement Officer(s) to provide commercial advice and support to colleagues.
Closing date for applications is 28 November 2017 at 5pm.
DFID Sierra Leone is looking for a talented, focused and highly organised Finance Analyst to support the Finance Manager in driving continuous improvement and building capacity across the office, alongside the daily financial management.
Closing date for applications is 28 November 2017 at midnight.
DFID South Africa seeks qualified and experienced environmental manager for exciting work on climate and water-resource management issues across Southern Africa.
Closing date for applications is midnight on 4 December 2017.
You will contribute to the overall humanitarian team objectives. You will lead on programme management work for the Multi-Year Humanitarian Programme (MYHP), which runs from 2014 to 2019, and support the design and management of a successor programme to the MYHP from 2019 onwards.
Closing date for applications is 8:00pm KBL time on 7 December 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
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.
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.