DFID leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for all of us, which is firmly in the UK’s national interest. We are ending the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women, and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit.
DFID is a dynamic, professional and diverse government department, which is a world leader in the fight against poverty. Our policy agenda is far ranging – from the life-saving water and sanitation programmes we run, to the more innovative frontier technologies we are piloting such as 3D printing of medical implements in disaster zones or conflict zones.
We are now seeking a Director General for Policy, Research and Humanitarian to provide leadership to some of the department’s most important and impactful areas of work. This is a substantial strategic management role, providing professional leadership to some 700 staff and oversight of £2.4bn of DFID’s programme spend. We are seeking an outstanding senior leader capable of balancing strategic and operational business priorities, acting as an advocate for change and with the resilience to work under sustained pressure and scrutiny.
- Lead the division in its core mandate – developing and disseminating policy and best practice in areas such as human development, climate change and humanitarian reform.
- Manage DFID’s Chief Scientist and Chief Economist in generating world class knowledge, innovation and technologies through our research programmes and globally.
- Oversee DFID’s Humanitarian, Security and Migration Division, and support its mission to promote security and stability, build resilience and respond to crises.
- Visible leadership within a complex organisation either in the public or private sector. A proven ability to build mutually supportive, motivated, engaged and high-performing diverse teams, and act collaboratively as a member of an organisation’s top team to deliver business priorities.
- The ability to lead and implement change across a widely dispersed, highly diverse and professionally mixed workforce, with an understanding of the sensitivities of issues such as gender equality and human rights.
- Sufficient understanding of international development issues and the international political context affecting development policy to allow you to be a credible influence on a range of partners.
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Closing date: 23rd March 2018
About the Organization
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads 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 building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for people in developing countries and in the UK too.