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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.

Assistant Economists

If successful you will either be offered a position immediately or will remain on our database for 12 months, during which time vacancies may arise in our UK headquarters in London and East Kilbride (near Glasgow) or in our overseas offices. Assistant Economists work in teams spending aid in specific countries, commissioning cutting edge research and defining national and international policy, in regional departments, in teams who work with International Financial Institutions and in the corporate centre of DFID.

As an Assistant Economist your first post is likely to be in the UK. Many of DFID’s overseas postings are in post-conflict and conflict affected countries and, if offered a permanent position, you will be required to visit and work in such countries during your first few years of employment with DFID. Overseas postings for Assistant Economists are usually for periods of 1 or 2 years. If you are posted overseas you will be provided with accommodation and a travel package and may be entitled to tax free cost of living and hardship allowances in addition to your salary.

Find out more about our vacancies and how to apply

Closing date for applications: 3 October 2016

DFID Pakistan: Administration Officers

We are looking to recruit suitably qualified/experienced people into our Administration Officers pool that may be called upon to fill permanent/ fixed term positions that arise over the next 12 months.

We currently have 2 vacancies which will arise and we are looking to appoint staff to them around January. Membership in the pool is valid for successful candidates for 12 months from the date of interview and a post must be secured before the pool end date. If successful and you are not offered a post immediately, we will contact you periodically to update you on possible vacancies that may be arising. We will also provide you with as much notice as possible if we are planning to offer you a post.

All applications must be received on or before 11 October 2016 (12:00 PST).

DFID Research Advisory Group (RAG) member vacancies

DFID is recruiting RAG experts in all DFID priority research areas for its RAG. The RAG rotation will be a phased process over the next 3 to 6 months. Candidates are expected to be senior international leaders in their scientific disciplines with relevant developing country experience of delivery research.

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 for applications is 5pm (UK time) on 31 October 2016.

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.

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