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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.

Economist: DFID Afghanistan (Open to Afghans only)

The UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) Afghanistan is looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated economist to work across the office. The post holder will be based in the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) and Donor Coordination Team and report to the Team Leader. The post holder’s Team will be made up of the Team Leader, one other economist and one programme officer/manager.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 8:30pm Kabul time on 10 May 2015. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Environment Adviser: DFID Afghanistan (Open to Afghans only)

The UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) Afghanistan is looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated environment adviser to support our rural livelihoods, infrastructure, and private sector development work.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 8:30pm Kabul time on 10 May 2015. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Would you like to help DFID rise to the challenge of reducing world poverty?

To increase our capacity to provide advice, technical assistance and deliver programmes around the developing world DFID wants to maintain a pool of experienced development professionals that we can call upon to fill permanent and fixed term positions.

We are looking for A1 Senior Advisers / Team Leaders and A2 Advisers in the fields of:

  • Education
  • Evaluation
  • Governance
  • Health
  • Humanitarian
  • Private Sector Development
  • Social Development

Membership of our pool will last for 12 months, during which time vacancies may arise in our overseas offices and UK headquarters in London and East Kilbride, Scotland. Many vacancies will be 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. Oversea postings are usually for periods of 6 months up to 3 years depending on location. 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.

DFID is an equal opportunities employer and selection is on merit.

Candidates must be UK nationals, nationals of a member state of the European Economic Area (EEA), Swiss or Turkish Nationals or Commonwealth citizens.

To find out more about our vacancies and apply please visit the Civil Service jobs website.

For ease please use ‘advanced search’ and select ‘Department for International Development’ under the ‘Department’ heading.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 2:30pm on 5 May 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

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.