The Department for International Development (DFID) is the government department that holds responsibility for sustaining development and eliminating world poverty. It was part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office until 1997, when it became its own entity. It is headquartered in London and East Kilbride, and has a huge yearly budget of around £6.7 billion.
As well as responding to disasters and emergencies abroad, DFID also works to ensure children receive education, reduce child death rates, improve the health of mothers, promote gender equality, and combat HIV, AIDS, and other diseases which makes it very attractive to most graduates.
DFID is part of the UK Civil Service, which recruits graduates as part of its Fast Stream programme. Giving its recruits a wide range of experience in government, placements will usually take place in several departments over the course of the programme. The aim of the scheme is to develop future senior leaders, and it’s underpinned by a robust learning agenda. As well as on-the-job training, graduates have the opportunity to study for a professional qualification.
There’s a lot of opportunity for career progression and promotion is expected to occur within four to five years, and salary could then be in excess of £45,000. Graduates also receive around 25 days holiday per year, and the flexible working schemes rival most other employers.
Around Around 1.4 billion people around the world still live in poverty.