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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.

Deputy Programme Manager: DFID Liberia

DFID Liberia is seeking an experienced, highly motivated and enthusiastic Deputy Programme Manager (DPM) who has solid experience in policy, financial and programme management. The DPM will play a key role in helping drive forward high profile and dynamic programmes, and will work closely with DFID and British Embassy colleagues, as well as a range of sector partners including multilaterals, NGOs, and Development Partners.

Closing time and date for receipt of application: 4:00pm on Monday 12 October 2015.

Public Finance Manager Adviser - DFID Nepal

DFID Nepal requires an experienced Governance Adviser to help lead on DFID’s support to Public Financial Management (PFM) Reform and anti-corruption, working across sectors and with state and non-state actors with a specific focus on the subnational level.

All applications must be received by 11.59pm 9 October 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.

The UN Junior Professional Officers Programme

The Government of United Kingdom is sponsoring the following 3 JPO positions with UNICEF. Deadline for applications is 22 October 2015.

  • Social Policy Officer, Kathmandu, Nepal, British Nationals only

  • WASH Officer, Kathmandu, Nepal, British Nationals only

  • WASH Officer, El Fasher, Sudan, British Nationals only

For information on the above see the unicef website

Graduate Development Scheme

The Graduate Development Scheme is now closed for applications for September 2015 however you may be interested in the Civil Service Fast Stream site.

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.

Working for international organisations

Information on job opportunities in international organisations, such as the UN, and how to apply.