Current vacancies

Work with the Start Network

Working at the Start Network is an opportunity and a challenge to change the way we do things in the humanitarian sector.  We’re a team of about forty people committed to doing things differently.  We’re keen to attract new people from outside the sector with an interest in learning about humanitarian action.  For some roles, we need more technical expertise, but, for many roles, we are looking for relevant transferable skills and the right attitude.  We’re also looking for people who align with our values:


-  We put people first: the communities we serve come first in our decision-making and programming.

-  We are brave: we have great ambition and are willing to explore new things and are willing to take risks to achieve it.

-  We operate collectively: we leverage the value of working as a network, sharing risk and resources and learning together.

-  We are inclusive: we see the value in diverse perspectives and work to remove the barriers that prevent voices from being heard.

-  We are open: we work transparently and with integrity, building mutual trust in all levels of our work, from governance to programming.


Our roles are open to discussion about flexible working, such as part-time working, formalised flexitime, fixed (non-standard) working hours, working from home and job-sharing.  While our team is office-based, home working is part of our culture.  We all work at least a day a week from home.  Start Network embraces diversity, promotes equality of opportunity and eliminates unlawful discrimination. We are an equal opportunities employer and treat every application on merit alone.  We particularly welcome applications from disabled, black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), and LGBT and non-binary candidates.  We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet our minimum selection criteria.


Please feel free to contact us by email if you have any questions about our current vacancies.


Here's a flavour of what we offer:

Flexible working with options to work from home

Contributory pension

Life assurance

Family friendly policies, particularly maternity pay

Training and development opportunities for individuals and cross-organisationally

25 days’ holiday plus 2 company days over the Christmas period

Centrally located WeWork office with onsite drinks and snacks available free of charge

Access to cultural talks, events, pop-up sales, and a place to meet and socialise after work

Discounts at local cafes and restaurants in association with WeWork


The Start Network is an independent charity, as of May 2019. We also work with Save the Children UK, which manages a number of our programmes. Some of our roles adverstised below, may redirect you to the Save the Children website to the relevant application page.


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When applying for roles at Start Network, please complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form.

  • Senior Innovation Manager

In this role, you will provide support to Start Network Hubs in two different countries so that they can establish and develop the capabilities and practices necessary to support impactful and durable community-based humanitarian innovation. She / he will collaborate closely with Elrha to ensure that our activities are coherent, learn from each other and actively support each other. The Senior Innovation Manager will collaborate with other experts and actors in the sector; will deliver targeted advocacy on locally-led humanitarian innovation and will develop and share technical expertise on humanitarian innovation management. You will also support learning both internally as well as externally, providing leadership and will represent the Start Network externally.


Closing Date: 1st May

Find out more and apply.


  • Innovation Learning Manager

The Innovation Learning Manager role is a critical role which is focused on maximising the impact of the locally-led innovation programme through learning. This post supports both the Start and Elrha programme partners in the MEAL components of this exciting programme. You will take the lead on ensuring that the community-led innovation programme is learning from its experience and from the experience of others, as well as support country teams to develop appropriate frameworks and methodologies and to apply relevant tools to gathering and analysing data and to making sense of the emerging evidence.


Closing Date: 5th May

Find out more and apply.

  • Senior Innovation and Design Advisor

The Senior Innovation and Design advisor will be responsible for supporting technical innovation and design competencies across the Start Network, providing hands-on support to staff team members, with hubs and with Start Network member organisations. You will be a thought leader, introducing new concepts and ideas and leading on necessary internal processes of change as the Start Network adapts to new ways of working. You will be able to work independently, leading on cross-organisational design processes and the introduction of new tools and approaches.

Closing Date: 8th May

Find out more and apply.


  • Hub Development Technical Consultant

Start Network is seeking proposals from suppliers able to evidence the necessary experience, skills and capacity to mentor and support the growth of the Start Network in delivering the network’s objectives and vision in becoming a distributed network of networks. This proposal will cover the duration of the current ‘proof of concept’ phase, working closely with the Network Development team and the five founding hubs in Pakistan, DRC, India, Guatemala and the Pacific region.

Closing date: 10th April 2020 

Learn more and apply.

  • Trustee

The Start Network Board is seeking a new Trustee from the network’s member organisations, with the ability to play a leading role in a newly independent organisation; the energy to actively participate in decision making around the network’s growth and strategic direction; and the diversity and skills to ensure governance excellence.

The trustee will be recruited specifically for demonstrated high-level experience in finance and accounting in the humanitarian sector. This is a voluntary role, and the successful candidate will also be expected to take the role of Vice-Chair in the Finance & Audit Committee of the Start Network Board, serving alongside the Treasurer. There is no requirement for applicants to be Assembly representatives or senior-level staff within their organisations – this trustee role is open to all eligible staff across Start Network’s membership.

Learn more and apply.

Deadline: 19 April 2020

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