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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 Sierra Leone - Health Adviser

DFID Sierra Leone is seeking a qualified and experienced Health Adviser. The Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child (RMNC) Health Adviser will report to the Senior Health Adviser/Basic Services Team Leader and will operate as part of the Basic Services Team.

Closing time and date for receipt of application: 12 noon on Wednesday 30 September 2015.

DFID Entry Scheme for Advisers (DESA)

Can you help DFID to rise to the challenge of reducing world poverty? DFID is launching a 3rd round of the DFID Entry Scheme for Advisers (DESA). This is a great opportunity to join DFID and progress a career in development as a DFID adviser.

The scheme enables DFID to recruit and develop the right people and offer them the opportunity to develop into effective DFID advisers in their chosen field of expertise. The 3 year DESA programme combines development placements in DFID offices in the UK and overseas with coaching and other structured learning. UK placements will be in either our London Headquarters in Whitehall or Scottish Headquarters in Abercrombie House, East Kilbride, near Glasgow. If successful you will be expected to take up your UK placement in either location as determined by DFID. DESA provides DFID with a pipeline of people with the right mix of operational experience and policy competence to function effectively in a range of exciting and challenging roles as specialist advisers on international development.

Places are available in the following professional groups in this 3rd round: Evaluation, Governance, Humanitarian, Infrastructure, Livelihoods, Private Sector Development and Social Development

The scheme is looking for people with:

  • talent, commitment and a passion for development; a willingness and ability to work in countries where DFID posts prove consistently difficult to fill
  • a relevant postgraduate qualification (Master’s Degree, PhD) or equivalent
  • some relevant work experience in a relevant development field

We are also recruiting experienced professionals to join a pool of Private Sector Development (PSD) Advisers who we can call upon to fill permanent or fixed term PSD positions that arise over the next 12 months.

To apply for either please go to

Closing date for applications: Monday 14 September 2015 at 12 noon.

Recruitment process

Before you apply for a job with us, please read the following guidance on core competencies, assessment centres, security clearance and travel costs:

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.

Graduate Development Scheme

The Graduate Development Scheme is now closed for applications for September 2015 however you may be interested in the Civil Service Fast Stream site.

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

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