Working for DFID
Careers at the Department for International Development.
See our advertisements for specific posts on:
- the Civil Service jobs website - please register and sign up for job alerts - this is where we advertise our permanent and fixed term posts
- Universal Jobmatch - all permanent posts across UK government are advertised here
- our careers page on Facebook
- the Civil Service Fast Stream site
You can also keep up to date with the latest vacancy information in the national press and professional journals and by following us on Twitter.
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.
Before you apply for a job with us, please read the following guidance on core competencies, assessment centres, security clearance and travel costs:
- Civil Service competency framework
- International competencies
- technical competency frameworks
- Civil Service Code
- how to find Abercrombie House
- how to find 22 Whitehall
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.
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.
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 the United Kingdom is sponsoring the following 14 Junior Professional Officer (JPO) positions in UNDP, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and the World Health Organisation (WHO). The deadline for applications is 24 February 2016. All vacancies can be accessed on the UNDP website.
You can also access each JPO vacancy by clicking on it below:
- UNDP Policy advisory (Sustainable Human Development) in Islamabad, Pakistan
- UNDP Policy Analyst (Gender and Post-2015 Development Agenda) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- UNDP Policy Analyst (Effective Development Cooperation) HQ in New York, USA
- UNDP Management Analyst, HQ in New York, USA
- UNDP UN Coordination and Coherence, HQ in New York, USA
- UNDP Programme Analyst (Strategic Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation) HQ in New York, USA
- WHO Technical Officer (Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases) in Geneva, Switzerland
- WHO Technical Officer in Jerusalem, Palestinian Territories
- WHO Technical Officer (Access to essential health commodities) in Geneva, Switzerland
- WHO Programme Officer (Health Systems and Services) in Brazzaville, Congo, Dem. Republic
- UNFPA Programme Analyst (Gender) in Khartoum, Sudan
- UNFPA Programme Analyst (Population and Development) in Kathmandu, Nepal
- UNFPA Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst in Dhaka, Bangladesh
- UNFPA Programme Management (Youth) in Kabul, Afghanistan
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.
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.