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.

Flexible working

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.

Working overseas

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:

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.

Programme Manager: DFID Sudan

The role of the Programme Manager is to lead on the management of the delivery of high quality and timely programme management support and advice to enable effective and efficient programme delivery.

Closing date for applications is 27 March 2018 at 11:59pm.

Programme and Policy Manager (2 positions): DFID India

You 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.

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 3 April 2018 at 11:59pm (IST).

Embedded Investment Adviser: DFID Uganda

This role will be at the front line of delivering Invest Africa in Uganda. The Embedded Investment Adviser will be stationed in the Ugandan Investment Authority 80% of the time, with the remaining 20% of the time spent in DFID. The individual will serve as the focal person of Invest Africa for the Government of Uganda. The post holder’s performance will be evaluated by DFID. We strongly encourage women to apply.

Please note closing date for applications extended to midnight on 6 April 2018.

Deputy Programme Manager: DFID Nepal

DFID Nepal is seeking a Deputy Programme Manager and is inviting applications from interested and experienced Nepalese candidates including those who have the right to work and to live in Nepal. 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 with the Field Office team, the successful person will have significant opportunities to lead on improving and contributing to the overall management of the £83 million six year 2016-2022 programme.

Closing date for applications is 8 April 2018 (11:59pm NST).

Recruitment process

Before you apply for a job with us, please read the following guidance:

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.

Alumni Association

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.