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?

Find out more about a career with DFID by visiting our pages on the Civil Service Careers website.

As well as job satisfaction, we offer a professional working environment, competitive salaries with excellent pension provision and a range of other benefits. We offer maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.

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, 249KB, 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.

DFID Nigeria: Governance Adviser

DFID Nigeria is looking for a dynamic and experienced Governance Adviser to play a major role in ensuring the success of our programmes in Nigeria. You will have a major role working to influence DFID stakeholders across a broad range of policy and programme issues through building strong relationships with key actors in Nigeria. We are looking for a strong candidate to be based in Abuja but able to travel frequently including across DFID’s focal states.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 22 July 2020.

DFID Nigeria: Regional Coordinator, Kaduna State

We are looking for a dynamic, experienced and committed Nigerian to lead delivery of results for DFID Nigeria in our partner state Kaduna. This is an exciting opportunity to represent the organisation to some of the most senior Nigerian and UK Government stakeholders and drive forward DFID and HMG results delivery in Kaduna State and across Northern Nigeria in collaboration with other Regional Coordinators.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 22 July 2020.

DFID Nepal: Programme Support Officer

DFID Nepal is seeking to recruit a Programme Support Officer. This position offers exciting programme management opportunities supporting the management of complex programmes, supporting design of new innovative programmes and cross-office engagement.

The closing date for applications is 19 July 2020.

DFID Sudan: Climate and Environment Adviser

DFID is looking for a passionate and motivated individual to help deliver an exciting portfolio to drive forward the UK government’s strategy and programming on climate and natural resources in Sudan.

The closing date for applications is 19 July 2020.

DFID Indonesia: Markets and Partnerships Adviser

This is an exciting opportunity for a pro-active strategic thinker and capable influencer to help shape, direct and lead a new phase of our engagement on commodities, sustainable land use and climate change in Indonesia at a time when climate is of critical global concern, in the context of the complex aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions while also maintaining strong economic growth and poverty reduction.

The closing date for applications is Friday 3 July 2020 at 11:59pm (WIB).

DFID Pakistan: Private Sector Development Adviser

The application date for this position has now closed. The recruitment process for this Private Sector Adviser has now resumed. Shortlisted candidates shall soon be contacted.

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.