- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I worked at DFID full-time (more than 3 years)Pros
Principally, the notion that everything you do is focussed on improving the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.
As well as that, in my experience, I found everyone I worked with to be smart, highly capable, totally dedicated and really supportive. You have to work hard, but why wouldn't you?Cons
Development is important and you do need to see it as more than just a job. Sometimes the work can be stressful and intense. Sometimes the deadlines can be unreasonably short.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Give people the experience I had. Make it clear why they are doing what they are doing. Support them to improve in their work and in their career. Be kind.RecommendsNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at DFID.Interview Details
Transfered from another government department, with both a formal interview panel and an informal interview. The formal process was challenging and competitive. The informal aspect was also important - it was clear that the hiring senior civil servant had spoken to colleagues in my home department about me. The post I was going for was 'hard to fill', partly because of location, so that helped.Interview Questions
Negotiation DetailsNo scope to negotiate as already part of UK civil service moving on level transfer. The package was odd - not good on salary (I actually took a pay cut) but excessively generous on relocation (DFID relocates a lot of people overseas so has a comprehensive package).Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
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The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. We're ending the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit.
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