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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 Research Advisory Group Member Vacancies

DFID is seeking to fill 2 vacancies on its independent external Research Advisory Group (RAG) in Humanitarian Research for Development and Education Research for Development. Candidates should have expertise and experience in:

  • Humanitarian Research for Development: Humanitarian disasters and emergencies research relevant to international development
  • Education Research for Development: Delivering educational interventions in developing countries and education research relevant to international development

The RAG provides independent scientific advice to the DFID and reports to the DFID Chief Scientific Adviser. The provision of independent scientific advice by the RAG assists DFID to assure the quality and appropriateness of Research and Evidence Division’s research portfolio for DFID’s objectives.

Closing date extended until 5pm (UK time) on 23 February 2015.

DFID Tanzania: Climate change programme adviser

This post is an exciting and challenging opportunity, to help take forward the work of DFID on climate change as part of the Tanzania’s Sustainable Growth Team and work in collaboration with government and other development partners. We require a strong communicator who has the proven ability to network with key stakeholders, influence decisions and drive agendas forward. You will be someone who is knowledgeable about climate change policy and practice, particularly in areas such as adaptation, building resilience and low carbon development. You will enjoy taking the initiative, excel at managing programmes effectively to deliver results, and will be confident in dealing with senior officials and Ministers in Government, development partners, contractors and civil society partners.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 12 noon on Friday 6 March 2015.

DFID Uganda: Senior Governance Adviser

DFID Uganda seeks to recruit a motivated, dynamic and experienced individual to fill the vacancy of Senior Governance Adviser, you will bepart of DFID Uganda’s Governance, Security and Humanitarian (GSH) Team. The successful candidate will provide expert advice on Uganda’s governance context and policies, design and lead governance programmes for DFID Uganda.

Closing date for submission of applications is 5pm on Friday 6 March 2015.

DFID Zimbabwe: Livelihoods Adviser

The UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) Zimbabwe, wishes to appoint a Livelihoods Adviser. This post will initially be for a fixed term of 2 years – with the possibility of an extension thereafter. Under the leadership of the Team Leader, who will provide professional oversight and backstopping support. You will report directly to the Team Leader, Wealth Creation and Vulnerability team.

Closing date for application is 12 noon on 13 March 2015.

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.