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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.

Infrastructure Policy Officer: DFID Burma

The Infrastructure Policy Officer plays an important cross-office role in delivering DFIDs infrastructure and urban development objectives in Myanmar.

By funding infrastructure development and promoting the investment in infrastructure services across Myanmar, DFID will contribute to poverty reduction and increased economic opportunities, particularly jobs and economic inclusion, for people in Myanmar.

The overall objective of the post will be twofold. First it will be to help deliver DFID’s ambitious expansion of its ‘Infrastructure and Cities for Growth’ (CIG) programme, with a particular focus on urban productivity and power sector reform. It is likely that CIG will fund in excess of £20million in activity in Myanmar over the next 3-4 years.

Closing date for applications is 1 March 2017 (11:59 pm MST).

Trade and Investment Economist: DFID India

The purpose of this job is to lead the way in DFID India on how India can make a greater contribution to economic diversification through greater investment, value-addition and labour-intensive exports in other developing countries, through Indian expertise, technology and outward investment. You will be working in the DFID India Global Partnerships Team, which leads DFID’s engagement with India to reduce poverty in other developing countries. The post will be based at the British High Commission in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.

Closing date for applications extended to 28 February 2017 at 11:59pm IST.

Private Sector Development Adviser: DFID Bangladesh

DFID Bangladesh is looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated (PSD Adviser). The post is full time and is based in the DFID office in Dhaka. You will contribute to private sector policy and strategy formulation and implementation by the Growth and Private Sector and other teams, across DFID Bangladesh, and in DFID more widely.

Closing date for applications is 27 February 2017 at 11:59pm BST.

Recruitment process

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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.