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.

Accredit to DFID Professional Cadres

The first step to becoming a DFID Professional Adviser and progressing your advisory career in international development is to become a member of one of DFID’s 13 professional cadres (Accredit). Once you are accredited you then become eligible to apply for DFID advisory positions within the relevant cadre for a period of 24 months.

DFID is a recognised source of technical expertise on international development globally and across Whitehall Official Development Assistance (ODA) spending Departments. DFID’s international development capability is concentrated among DFID’s advisers who are international development and ODA delivery experts. DFID advisers help identify, generate and utilise the best evidence, knowledge, technology and ideas to improve the effectiveness and impact of UK Aid.

DFID Ethiopia: Private Sector Development Adviser

This is a great opportunity to join one DFID’s largest country programme in the world as a Private Sector Development Adviser. Ethiopia has more potential to structurally transform than any other DFID country in Africa. Emerging market investors see Ethiopia as the new destination of choice for garments in Africa.

Closing date for applications is midnight on 3 May 2020.

DFID Caribbean, Barbados: Infrastructure Adviser

You will support the DFID Senior Programme Manager/Team Leader and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in the implementation of the UK Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF).

The post is located in the CDB and will work alongside 3 other DFID staff and CDB’s own team of experts.

Closing date for applications is midnight on 30 April 2020.

DFID India: Senior Economist

DFID India is looking for a Senior Economist to ensure that sound economics and good evidence inform the development and implementation of DFID’s policy and programmes with India, including our work with other HMG departments working in and on India.

Closing date for applications has been extended to 30 April 2020 (11:59pm IST)

DFID Pakistan: Private Sector Development Adviser

The closing date for this position has now closed.

DFID has decided to postpone the recruitment process due to COVID-19. No further applicants will be accepted for this position. We will sift applications in the due course. DFID cannot provide a timeline for the recruitment to resume and will not be sending individual letters out at this time. Should you be shortlisted for the next stage of recruitment process, we will get in touch with you on the next steps . Please note, only shortlisted candidates will 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.