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:

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.

Humanitarian Adviser: DFID Burma

DFID Burma is looking to recruit a talented and energetic individual, with strong technical humanitarian and generalist representational skills and experience to take up an exciting role that will be central to one of the DFID’s core strategic objectives in Burma.

Closing date for applications is 22 April 2018 at midnight MST.

Finance and Administration Officer: DFID Ethiopia

You will be required to support the Operational Excellence Team (OPEX) and Finance office within DFID Ethiopia.

Closing date for applications is 24 April 2018.

Humanitarian Adviser: DFID Ethiopia

We are looking for a humanitarian adviser to join our Livelihoods and Humanitarian Team to lead advice to DFID on humanitarian programming and on how development programming can better prepare for acute needs.

Closing date for applications is 24 April 2018.

Governance Adviser: DFID Tanzania

The Governance Adviser will lead DFID Tanzania’s engagement on public financial management reform, taxation reform, public sector reform and decentralisation/local government reform. The adviser will be expected to coordinate with the government of Tanzania, development partners and other stakeholders on these issues.

Closing date for applications extended until midnight on 25 April 2018.

Embedded Investment Adviser: DFID Uganda

The role of the Embedded Investment Adviser is to set the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) on a springboard to attract quality Foreign direct investment, and work in consultation with relevant UIA staff to guide them and mentor them into investment professions that will sustainably roll on the responsibility. This role will be at the front line of delivering Invest Africa in Uganda.

Closing date for applications is midnight on 27 April 2018.

Health Adviser: DFID Ethiopia

DFID Ethiopia is looking for a Health Adviser for six months based in Addis Ababa. This is a great opportunity for Public Health experts who want to have a wider exposure to DFID’s health work and experience of working in DFID Ethiopia country office.

Closing date for applications is 1 May 2018.

Programme Manager: DFID Rwanda

DFID Rwanda is looking for a Programme Manager (PM) to lead the Governance Teams programme management. The PM will working closely with the Governance Team Leader, Senior Responsible Owners (SROs) and Lead Advisers of each programme to ensure programmes are delivering transformational development results and are compliant with DFID’s Smart rules. The PM will also ensure the effective line management of the Governance Team’s Programme Officer. The PM will also work closely with other programme management colleagues across the office to build capability and capacity.

Closing date for applications is 8 May 2018.

Programme and Procurement Officer: DFID Rwanda

DFID Rwanda is looking for a Programme and Procurement Officer (PPO) to support the management of the team’s humanitarian assistance programmes. The PPO will also be expected to contribute to wider programme management across DFID Rwanda including building capability and capacity. The post-holder will work closely with Senior Responsible Owners (SROs), Programme Managers and external partners to ensure programmes are delivering transformational development results and are compliant with DFID’s Smart rules.

Closing date for applications is 8 May 2018.

Conflict Advisor: DFID Kenya

An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen to take up a conflict advisory position in DFID Kenya.

Closing date for applications is 11 May 2018.

Resilience Policy Officer: DFID South Sudan

DFID South Sudan are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic Resilience Policy Officer to join the Humanitarian and Livelihoods Team. The post holder should have experience and knowledge in the fields of food security, livelihoods, resilience and/or economic security programming.

Closing date for applications is 28 May 2018 at midnight.

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.