Working for the Department for International Development

We lead the international community in tackling the global challenges of our time, including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict. Together we're building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world.

Leading the UK's work to end extreme poverty

Since our creation in 1997, we have helped 250 million people lift themselves from poverty, and have helped 40 million children go to primary school.

We employ over 2,500 staff, who work on some of the most important challenges in international development. This includes, strengthening global peace and security, leading the UK's response to humanitarian crises, and tackling extreme poverty at home and abroad.

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We work from two UK headquarters in London and East Kilbride, as well as a network of offices throughout the world.

Our diverse careers are united by a single goal: to tackle poverty and improve the lives of people in developing countries. Join us in leading the UK's work to make the world safer, healthier, and more prosperous for everyone.

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I support and visit our teams overseas on a range of people priorities. Working in international HR is exciting and motivating as I contribute to helping teams achieve incredible things in challenging places. I love working with so many inspiring staff who do life changing work across the globe.

Rowena NichollsHR, Business Partner, Africa Divisions
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So far, we've provided humanitarian assistance to 26.8m people, including 8.2m women and girls


We've reached 42m children under 5, women and adolescent girls via nutrition programmes


We've supported 11.4m children to gain a decent education

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I've worked at DFID for 16 years in a variety of roles - from Kabul to New York each has been deeply rewarding. But none as challenging as leading the UK response to a humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. Making a real difference together as a team is something I will always be proud of.

Fiona RitchieChief of Staff, West and Southern Africa

Great reasons to work for us:

  • our people have the opportunity to make a positive difference to people's lives
  • opportunities to work overseas, with allowances for partners and children
  • flexible working, including reduced or compressed hours, part-time, job shares and remote working
  • 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
  • 25 days holiday, increasing to 30 days after 5 years
  • tailored learning and development opportunities, including access to accelerated development schemes and special projects.

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Learn more about our work

You could work on projects that improve people's lives for the better. Learn more about where we work, and what we're working on now.

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What is UK Aid?

DFID uses aid to tackle the global challenges of our time, including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity, and conflict.

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Where we work

We work in countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, many of which are fragile or at risk from fragile neighbours.