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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 Tanzania: Climate change programme adviser

This post is an exciting and challenging opportunity, to help take forward the work of DFID on climate change as part of the Tanzania’s Sustainable Growth Team and work in collaboration with government and other development partners. We require a strong communicator who has the proven ability to network with key stakeholders, influence decisions and drive agendas forward. You will be someone who is knowledgeable about climate change policy and practice, particularly in areas such as adaptation, building resilience and low carbon development. You will enjoy taking the initiative, excel at managing programmes effectively to deliver results, and will be confident in dealing with senior officials and Ministers in Government, development partners, contractors and civil society partners.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 12 noon on Friday 6 March 2015.

DFID Uganda: Senior Governance Adviser

DFID Uganda seeks to recruit a motivated, dynamic and experienced individual to fill the vacancy of Senior Governance Adviser, you will bepart of DFID Uganda’s Governance, Security and Humanitarian (GSH) Team. The successful candidate will provide expert advice on Uganda’s governance context and policies, design and lead governance programmes for DFID Uganda.

Closing date for submission of applications is 5pm on Friday 6 March 2015.

DFID Zimbabwe: Livelihoods Adviser

The UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) Zimbabwe, wishes to appoint a Livelihoods Adviser. This post will initially be for a fixed term of 2 years – with the possibility of an extension thereafter. Under the leadership of the Team Leader, who will provide professional oversight and backstopping support. You will report directly to the Team Leader, Wealth Creation and Vulnerability team.

Closing date for application is 12 noon on 13 March 2015.

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

For those aspiring to a career in the development sector, we offer unique and crucial support for taking that first step. Our 50 week, paid programme will begin September 2015. It will provide the chance for you to become immersed in DFID’s dynamic environment and contribute to priority projects which make a real difference to improving people’s lives in developing countries. We’re looking to work with graduates who are passionate about driving action to end extreme poverty and who aspire to a career in international development. You will be able to articulate clearly how this scheme will benefit you and how you:

  • act as a catalyst and seek out opportunities to innovate
  • engage and work with others effectively
  • take responsibility for your own performance and learning

To be eligible for our scheme, you must:

  • have graduated in 2014 or be graduating in 2015, with at least a (predicted) 2.1 in the specified degree discipline or be completing a post graduate qualification prior to September 2015
  • be a citizen of the UK, an EU country, Turkey, Switzerland or a Commonwealth country with indefinite right to remain and work in the UK with no restriction. Have less than 12 months paid work experience (excluding any work undertaken whilst in full time education or volunteering)

How to apply

For full details of the 35 placements and how to apply, please visit the Civil Service Jobs. Applications close midnight Thursday 26 March 2015. Enquiries: Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 183KB, 7 pages) and promotional leaflet (PDF, 447KB, 2 pages) . Further enquiries:

DFID is an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all parts of the community.

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.