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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 are recruiting for Senior Commercial Specialists and Commercial Specialists (up to 15 posts)

DFID’s multi-award winning Procurement and Commercial Department (PCD) is growing. Opportunities will soon be available to be part of this lively, professional and challenging team who “make development happen”. Join us in our work to ensure that we get the very best value for money for the UK taxpayer and make a real difference to the lives of the poorest people in the world.

We are seeking highly experienced and effective commercial specialists with senior level leadership experience to drive transformational change and deliver significant business benefits.

We expect to be recruiting up to 6 senior commercial specialists and up to 10 commercial specialists. Individuals with strong functional backgrounds and skills, but who can also branch out, understand customer needs and span functions to be whole systems thinkers and be the innovators and shapers of future services.

Full details of the posts and how to apply is available on the Civil Service jobs website

Background information

DFID Pakistan: Social Development Adviser

DFID Pakistan has one vacancy for an Social Development Adviser. This post is based in the Economic Inclusion and Poverty Team (EIP) within the Economic Growth Group of DFID Pakistan (DFID-P), one of DFID’s largest and most innovative economic growth portfolios globally. The EIP team works on improving the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable people, helping them to cope with social and economic shocks, and expanding opportunities for equitable participation in the economy.

All applications must be received on or before 15 Aug 2016 (12:00pm PST). Late applications will not be accepted.

DFID Rwanda: Governance Adviser

DFID Rwanda is looking to recruit an enthusiastic, experienced and energetic individual to fill a Governance Adviser post to support its expanding domestic accountability portfolio. The successful candidate will already have the right to live and work in Rwanda. This post is also open to eligible EAC citizens.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 9 August 2016.

DFID Nepal: Public Finance Manager Adviser: Governance

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 (NST) on 7 August 2016

DFID Bangladesh: Livelihoods Adviser

DFID requires a knowledgeable, experienced and enthusiastic Livelihoods Adviser with policy experience to join a dynamic international team based in its Dhaka office. You will have significant responsibilities working on policies and programmes to reduce extreme poverty, hunger and vulnerability to shocks.

All applications must be received on or before 11:59pm BST on 7 August, 2016.

DFID Nepal: Programme Support Officer

DFID Nepal is looking to recruit a C1 Programme Support Officer based within their Economic Development Team (EDT) but also potentially supporting other teams. Main duties include providing effective administrative support and lead discrete programme administrative functions across a number of projects as part of a project “cluster team”. This will be a permanent appointment with a 6 month probationary period - with reviews at third and sixth month.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Saturday 6 August 2016 by 11:59pm (NST).

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.

Working for international organisations

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