Apply for the DFID 2018 Entry Talent Programme (Eligible Countries: UK, Commonwealth, European Economic Area, Select non-EEA nationals)


The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s fight against global poverty, delivering aid to those in need all over the world. Since 1997,  DFID has helped more than 250 million people lift themselves from poverty and 40 million more children to attend primary school. But there is still much to do…
DFID works with national and international partners from two UK headquarters in London and Glasgow (East Kilbride) and a network of offices around the world. Wherever they’re based, all DFID staff are united by a single goal: to tackle poverty and improve the lives of people in developing countries. DFID offers a diverse range of challenging roles, and each provides an exciting career path and the chance to work at the heart of international development both in the UK and overseas.
For those aspiring to a career in the development sector, the organization offers unique and crucial support for taking that first step. Its 2-year paid programme will begin in October 2018. It will provide the chance for you to become immersed in DFID’s dynamic environment and contribute to priority projects which make a real difference to improving people’s lives in developing countries. Successful applicants will be paid a salary of £30k during the Programme.
Over 2 years you will experience programme and policy work placements of 12 months with a wide range of committed, inspiring and influential experts and professionals. DFID will provide support and challenge as you gain invaluable work experience, maximise your strengths and develop your competence in making effective decisions, collaborating and partnering, delivering at pace, leading and communicating. At the end of 2 years there is an opportunity for an overseas placement tailored to your mobility, aspirations and performance.
Integrated throughout your placement will be a leadership & management apprenticeship which you must commit to. In addition you will experience a programme of formal and informal learning and development activities, including: induction, e-learning courses, knowledge and behavioural development options, speaker events, peer learning, and coaching & mentoring.



An honours degree in any discipline at 2:2 or above is needed to apply, or an expectation you will be graduating in 2018 with a result at 2.2 or above. Applicants who apply on the basis of expecting to receive a 2:2 but do not, will not receive an offer of employment.
Current Civil Service Employees can apply without the relevant academic qualification when their eligibility criteria is as follows:
• Currently a Civil Servant who has been recruited through fair and open competition and has already passed probationary period
• The scheme is not open to anyone who is currently undergoing a performance improvement action plan.

Completion of the leadership & management apprenticeship associated with this post requires GCSE (or equivalent) in Maths and English at grade D or above. If you do not have this, achievement of equivalent can be obtained during the programme.


You will be assessed against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Leading and communicating
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Delivering at pace
  • Making effective decisions

Civil Service Competency Framework

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

To Apply

Detailing your skills, employment history and qualification details. All Civil Service recruitment is anonymised so please ensure you remove any information that may identify you.
Further Evidence 
Provide evidence of the required Civil Service competencies in no more than 250 words per competency (see competencies below).
Civil Service Competency Framework
Please be aware the closing date for the online tests is the 28th February. Please submit your application ensuring you have enough time to complete your application and the online tests before the 28th February.
Deadline: 28th/Feb/2018

For more information about this opportunity and to apply, visit the official website by following this link


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