Working for us

At Development Initiatives, we recognise that our people are our greatest asset.

We work in an environment where the pace is fast and we need to be able to respond swiftly and creatively to new situations and demands.

We know that the better our employees are, the more effective we will be – for this reason, we work hard to create an environment that meets everyone’s needs.

A great place to work

We aim for a culture of honesty and openness and want to attract and retain talented people who share our vision to end absolute poverty by 2030.

We can offer you the opportunity to use your talents in an innovative working environment with colleagues who are as passionate as you are about our vision.

Financial and wellbeing benefits

  • Work in an informal work environment (e.g. casual dress code)
  • Work from an office in the UK that is accessible for wheelchair users
  • A competitive salary and benefits package
  • Flexible working arrangements (e.g. homeworking, flexi time between 8 and 6 with core hours between 10 and 4)
  • Paid leave to dedicate time to a volunteering activity of your choice and as well as paid time off for blood donations
  • Paid study leave and financial support and professional fees
  • A stakeholder pension scheme / healthcare benefits / employee assistance programme (subject to office location)
  • Enhanced policies (such as maternity, paternity and adoption leave and sick pay)
  • Enhanced holiday (20 days for interns, 25 days for staff and 30 days for directors plus all bank and public holidays)
  • Paid internships (including holiday and sick pay)
  • Membership of a cycle to work scheme (UK only)
  • Childcare vouchers (UK only)
  • Free flu vaccinations and eye tests
  • Buy/sell holiday scheme

Flexible working

DI has developed flexible working practices that meet our staff work/life balance needs, support our equality and diversity agenda, and improve employee engagement and satisfaction. This helps us to attract and retain a diversely skilled workforce.

Currently, some 16% of staff are on ‘working from home’, 20% on ‘part time’ and 10% on ‘flexible working’ contracts. All staff enjoy flexible working practices such as occasional working from home and flexing hours in the office.


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Fair pay

Development Initiatives is a living wage employer in the UK and applies the same principles to salaries across the world. Interns are paid a minimum of the living wage or equivalent in-country. Development Initiatives is committed to equality and inclusion. It uses the World Bank formula to monitor gender disparity in employees’ pay, reducing the gap by three-quarters between January 2015 and June 2016.