At WFD we learn from each other. With a vast amount of in-house expertise and access to unique and exclusive networks, WFD provides staff with opportunities and experiences to develop both personally and professionally.
If you are looking to work for an organisation that aims to make a difference and where you feel your contribution is valued, join our team at WFD.
WFD is proud to have been awarded a UK Best Companies 'One to Watch' accreditation in 2023. This accreditation recognises our good levels of workplace engagement, and we continue to work hard to build on this and achieve even better for all of our people.
About the application process
We treat all job applicants equally. This means that your application will be processed via fair and open competition and assessed solely on merit – how you meet the criteria required to do the role. Please see our diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities policy below.
All job vacancies are posted on our website and in the location where the position is based. We normally receive a large response to our job vacancies and are unable to respond to all applicants. We try to process your applications efficiently. To enable us to do so, please ensure your application consist of a current CV and a covering letter (we cannot accept standalone CVs).
Your application – CV and covering letter – must make a strong case for the position you are applying for. Focus your application on the essential criteria in the person specification of the job description and familiarise yourself with WFD’s competencies relating to the level of the job role.
Our interview process generally involves one or more face-to-face job competency-based interviews; for some positions candidates may be required to take an aptitude assessment test.
WFD’s candidate selection process assesses applications skills, knowledge, experience and competencies. The requirements for each role are set out in the job description and person specification, which is available to all candidates and can be accessed via the vacancy advert on WFD’s website. WFD apply a combination of a paper-based application process, technical, skills/experience and competency-based interviews, testing (e.g. financial skills, writing, etc) and presentations.
Important Candidate Information
- Please ensure that you read in full the required application documents for the post you are applying – These may include; completion of a WFD application form, an updated CV and/or a cover letter.
- Please ensure applications are submitted before the advertised closing date. Applications received after this date may be rejected;
- Due to the volume of applications we received we are unable to respond to unsuccessful candidates (at the application stage). If you have not received a response to your application within 28 days of the closing date, your application has not been successful.
- WFD does not pay expenses to candidates attending interviews
- WFD does not pay relocation costs unless specifically stated in the vacancy details.
- Unless otherwise stated in the vacancies details, all candidate must be eligible to work in the country the role is located. WFD is not able to sponsor visas or work permits unless explicitly stated in the advert.
- WFD does not accept unsolicited CVs/application from recruitment agencies
Diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities
WFD is strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues in all locations globally and at all levels of the business. Therefore, WFD actively seeks applications from candidates from all sectors, communities, backgrounds, and experiences and our organisational policies aim to create a fair working environment, promote a culture of inclusion, and assist staff in achieving a healthy work/life balance.
WFD is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all staff. We will not discriminate on grounds of gender, gender identity, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, marriage and civil partnerships, pregnancy and maternity, caring responsibilities, part-time working, or any other factor irrelevant to an individual’s work. WFD aims to go beyond meeting our legal obligations by ensuring that recruitment and selection decisions are made solely on the basis of finding and appointing the best person for the job and we expect all staff to assist us in meeting these commitments.
If candidates have a disability under the Equality Act and have any specific needs, they should inform the HR team at any stage of the recruitment process; reasonable adjustments will always be made to the recruitment process. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfil the essential criteria of the role.
WFD aims to ensure that all individuals who apply for a role with the Foundation, have a positive recruitment and selection experience. However, if anyone is unhappy with their experience and would like to raise a complaint, they should submit this is writing to the Head of Human Resources. We aim to respond to the query within 14 days of receiving the complaint.
At WFD we believe that our most important asset is our people. Our current workforce of over 100 staff contribute to realising WFD’s vision: the universal establishment of legitimate and effective, multi-party, representative democracy. Whether implementing programmes, providing technical expertise, evaluating impact, conducting research or offering corporate business support, we have an extremely passionate and committed team.
Discover what we do
Over the last 30 years we have actively helped democracies to grow stronger so that freedom and prosperity can flourish. Through strengthening democracy, we help societies face challenges, for example by ensuring governments make and keep promises to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change or helping achieve policy change to end violence against women and girls.
Watch this animation, narrated by Harriet Harman MP, to discover the story of our experience, relevance and impact.