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?

As well as job satisfaction, we offer a professional working environment, competitive salaries with excellent pension provision and a range of other benefits.

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, 241KB, 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:

DFID Entry Talent Programme 2018

For those aspiring to a career in the development sector, we offer unique and crucial support for taking that first step. Our 2 year paid programme will begin in October 2018. It will provide the chance for you to become immersed in DFID’s dynamic environment and contribute to priority projects which make a real difference to improving people’s lives in developing countries. Successful applicants will be paid a salary of £30k during the Programme.

Over 2 years you will experience programme and policy work with a wide range of committed, inspiring and influential experts and professionals. We will provide support and challenge as you gain invaluable work experience, maximise your strengths and develop your competence in making effective decisions, collaborating and partnering, delivering at pace, leading and communicating. At the end of 2 years there is an opportunity for an overseas placement tailored to your mobility, aspirations and performance.

Integrated throughout your placement will be a leadership and management apprenticeship and a programme of formal and informal learning and development activities, including: induction, e-learning courses, knowledge and behavioural development options, speaker events, peer learning, and coaching and mentoring.

Applications close on 28 February 2018.

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 DRC

The Deputy Programme Manager (DPM) sits at the heart of the programme delivery, managing inputs from technical advisers and other programme management staff to ensure that DFID’s programmes are delivered to a high standard and managed in accordance with policy and procedures and, where necessary, are able to adapt to a changing environment. The DPM leads on strong external engagement with programme stakeholders providing policy advice and coordination. The DPM also has a leadership role among programme staff, providing guidance and mentoring, driving best practice and supporting capacity development across the office.

The closing date for applications is Friday 9 March 2018.

Deputy Programme Manager: Urban, Energy and Green Growth (UEGG Team): DFID India

You will work across the team but be responsible for the programme management of the Urban interventions through supporting the Urban technical Adviser and the Senior Programme Manager, working with partners, such as the private sector, government and multilaterals.

Closing date for applications is 9 March 2018, 11.59pm IST.

Programme officer: DFID DRC (2 vacancies)

The purpose of this role is to ensure that DFID’s programmes are managed in accordance with DFID policy and procedures. The Programme Officer will be expected to work in partnership with technical advisers and other programme management staff. You will also be expected to support other teams and staff across the office, as and when this support is needed.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 7 March 2018.

Finance and Corporate Manager: DFID Zambia

DFID Zambia is looking to recruit a Finance and Corporate Manager who will form part of the Better Delivery Team.

Closing date for applications is midnight on 7 March 2018.

Project Officer: UK Climate Change Unit (UKCCU) Indonesia

The UK Climate Change Unit (UKCCU) is looking for a Project Officer

Operating largely from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MOEF), the Project Officer will principally support implementation and monitoring of the Multi-stakeholder Forestry Programme (MFP) in close coordination with the DFID Lead Forestry Governance Adviser who has overall responsibility for the programme. The Project Officer will also support implementation of other UKCCU forest governance initiatives currently under design, for example on palm oil and other forest / agricultural commodities.

Closing date for applications is 1 March 2018 at 11:59pm (WIB).

Assistant Program Officer: DFID Zambia

DFID Zambia are looking to recruit an Assistant Program Officer on a 6 months fixed term appointment.

Closing date for applications is 23 February 2018 at midmight.

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.