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.

Policy adviser for economic development and infrastructure: DFID Pakistan

DFID Pakistan is looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated policy adviser to play a leading role in delivering its economic development and infrastructure portfolio. The successful candidate will play an important role in supporting improved investment in infrastructure in Pakistan, working closely with a team of private/financial sector advisers, an infrastructure adviser, economists, and other colleagues.

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 24 July 2018 (12:00pm PST)

Private Enterprise Programme Ethiopia (PEPE) Coordinator: DFID Ethiopia

PEPE is currently looking to recruit a highly motivated PEPE Coordinator, with the capacity to leverage the potential and collaborative engagement of each of the components of PEPE and its stakeholders. The job holder will serve as a point of interface for PEPE stakeholders in general and between PEPE, DFID and the Government of Ethiopia, including Ministry of Industry (MoI) in particular.

The closing date for applications is 29 July 2018.

Business Support Officer: DFID DRC

The Business Support Officer is an exciting new position responsible for the number of corporate functions that fall outside of corporate services provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) team. You will support the Deputy Head of Office in ensuring compliance on our Business Continuity Plan, Duty of Care and in liaison with the International Human Resources Hub in Pretoria, ensuring high quality Human Resource support and Learning and Development across the office.

The closing date for applications is 31 July 2018.

Operational and Programme Support Officer: DFID South Sudan

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced individual to work across DFID South Sudan teams to support our programme and operational delivery. DFID South Sudan has an allocated budget of £156m in 2018/19, making it one of the largest programmes in East and Central Africa, but in a high risk environment and with some of the greatest delivery challenges of any DFID programme.

Closing date for applications is midnight an 31 July 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.