Recruitment: Why choose us?

Talk to any member of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation and they’ll tell you what a rewarding place it is to work.

From the way we value our people, to the work we do, the Foundation brings together multiple perspectives and world views to form our unique organisation culture.

We believe that today’s young people are our most important global resource – and that championing and challenging them should be a top priority. Everyone at the Foundation is dedicated to working towards our global long-term ambition – that every eligible young person will have the opportunity to participate in the Award.

If you believe you’re the person to help us achieve these goals, then come and join us and we’ll support you every step of the way.

Our community

We’re a truly global family. Our colleagues can be found all over the world; yet with the help of technology, mutual collaboration, trust and support, it often feels as though we’re working side by side.

Our head offices are located in:

  • London, United Kingdom
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Kingston, Jamaica
  • Sydney, Australia

Although we believe that you don’t have to travel the world to create a global mind set, working with the Foundation can sometimes also involve international travel.

Your role here

We’re a hard-working, but sociable and friendly office group, who spend time together both in and out of the workplace.

We recognise and appreciate that our staff are made up of a vibrant and motivated mix of individuals. To reflect this, we aim to create an environment focused around experiences that work for everyone. As an equal opportunities employer, we recognise and celebrate that every individual is different and should feel comfortable bringing their true selves to work.

Whatever your skills, experience and ambition, you can benefit from our learning and development opportunities and coaching. We try to push our employees as best we can and our internal development programmes give you the chance to grow professionally in a supportive working environment.

We never forget the importance of health and wellbeing. It’s part of our culture, and we’re tirelessly committed to creating a beneficial working environment for all of our ambitious and dedicated staff. Our broad range of world-class benefits ensure you receive rewards that go beyond your base salary. We strive to be a competitive employer in every location we are staffed and our flexible benefit packages reflect this. In addition to country-specific perks, we also have universal offerings, including a competitive salary, generous holiday allowance and private healthcare.

Right to work

We are unable to offer the Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a work permit), apart from exceptional circumstances. Applications from candidates who require Tier 2 immigration status to work in the UK may not be considered if there are a sufficient number of other suitable candidates. To apply for a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship, employers need to demonstrate that they are unable to recruit a resident worker, before recruiting an individual overseas.

Jess's story:

As a Communications Manager for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation...

...I work closely with the EMAS and Africa regions to showcase the Award in their countries. However, my relationship with the Award programme goes back to well before I was an employee. I first started my Award journey at the age of 14, without really realising the global impact of the Award programme. As is the case for many young people, I was distracted by the obstacles of obtaining a formal education, and ended up pausing my Gold Award activity a little, to concentrate on this. But after completing a health field course in Zambia, I realised I wanted to finish what I had started and complete my Gold Award – I did just that.

My Award journey continued to grow, and I headed to the International Gold Event 2014 as a Canadian delegate. I was elected to the International Council by my peers as an Emerging Leader Representative for the Americas region, participating in discussions, establishing growth opportunities and representing the Award globally.

At such a young age, I was made aware of my passions and gained the confidence to go after what I wanted; so much so that I couldn’t stay away from the Foundation after finishing my three-year cycle on the International Council. The minute a position was made available, I applied and indicated to the Foundation that I could no longer ignore my passion for the Award and my desire to give back to young people around the world – I needed to be part of the phenomenon that is The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

Since joining the team at the Award, I’ve had the chance to get involved with so many different things. From, working with different countries around the world who deliver the Award, to refreshing vital tools used by different operators to grow the Award such as our Brand Guidelines, from helping create our new website, to getting involved with our supporters at events… not two days with the Foundation are the same. I love the variety of perspectives that I get to encounter each and every day and can’t imagine a more colourful job.