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, 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:

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.

Finance analyst: DFID Burma

This post is responsible for ensuring the professional financial management of DFID Burma’s resources by supporting the Finance Managers in promoting consistency and improving financial management within departments/country offices. This will involve working closely with the programme and corporate teams, especially the programme managers and the finance officer, in Burma as well as the Finance Support team based in the UK.

Closing date for the applications is 21 October 2018.

Education Adviser: DFID Kenya

DFID Kenya is seeking an experienced and motivated Education Adviser to take up a stretching role within an exciting team and set of education and youth programmes. The post will provide ample opportunity to exercise leadership in the education sector, working closely with government, donors and other partners, as DFID Kenya’s lead interlocutor and adviser on Education and Youth in Kenya.

Closing date for applications is midnight on 28 October 2018.

Social Development Advisor: DFID Ethiopia

DFID Ethiopia is looking for an experienced and highly-motivated adviser to lead on one programme while also driving social inclusion and poverty reduction in the Governance and Economic Development portfolio. This includes advancing the strategic visions for poverty reduction, equitable opportunities for women and girls, opportunities for people with disabilities, youth as well as other marginalised groups. As a SDA in DFID, the appointee is expected to offer professional social development advice (social analysis, programme and policy advice) in support of DFID’s work in Ethiopia.

Closing date for applications is midnight on 28 October 2018.

Programme Officer: DFID DRC

DFID’s programme in the DRC is at the forefront of work in fragile states and we have developed a reputation for flexible programming and innovation. This is a fantastic opportunity to shape front-line delivery and programme implementation. This post is ideal for an organised, highly motivated and proactive individual. You will need to be adaptable and capable of dealing with a varied and sometimes complex workload, and enjoy working in a large and busy team.

Closing date for the applications is 29 October 2018.

Social Development Adviser: DFID Nigeria

You will provide social development advice across the DFID Nigeria portfolio, influencing the design and implementation of programmes to have positive impacts for vulnerable and marginalised groups. You will work to ensure that all the UK’s work in Nigeria is informed by a robust analysis of the drivers of poverty and exclusion, and of policies, processes and programmes to drive social change.

Closing date for applications is midnight on 29 October 2018.

Two Programme Officers: DFID Rwanda

DFID Rwanda is recruiting for 2 Programme Officers to work in the Social Sector and Governance Teams. As a Programme Officer (PO) you will need to demonstrate a thorough understanding of programme and financial management best practice and be able to maintain a close working relationship with programme management and advisory staff, both within the team; across the office and with external project partners.

Closing date for applications is midnight on 31 October 2018.

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.