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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.

External Adviser Pool Recruitment

DFID is currently recruiting for Advisers for pools for the following cadres:

Climate and Environment, Education, Evaluation, Health, Humanitarian, Livelihoods and Agriculture, Private Sector Development, Social Development and Statistics.

(Health, Humanitarian, Livelihoods, Private Sector Development and Social Development are also recruiting for Senior Advisers/Team Leaders)

To find out more please visit: Civil Service Jobs

Closing date for applications are 30 April 2017.

Results, Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser: DFID India

The purpose of the job is to strengthen results reporting, monitoring and evaluation across AsCOT’s (Asia Regional, Caribbean, Central Asia, China and Indonesia) 5 small offices/team – leading work for China and Indonesia.

We require someone who is an excellent manager and strong communicator, with the proven ability to think around issues, network with key stakeholders, and drive new work streams forward.

The deadline for applications is 26 March 2017 (11:59pm IST).

Programme Assistant: DFID Tanzania

We are looking for a versatile and dynamic Programme Assistant with strong management skills to join our Strategy, Delivery and Results (SDR) team. SDR oversees the office’s economic governance aid portfolio, including programmes in tax, public financial management and job creation. The post offers an excellent opportunity to support the management of these programmes, as well as contribute more widely to DFID Tanzania’s portfolio management and design.

The deadline for applications is 12:00pm on Friday 24 March 2017.

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.

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.