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 advertised 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.



  • Consultancy: Exploring cost-effective evaluation methods for anticipatory humanitarian action

Start Network is made up of more than 50 aid agencies across five continents, ranging from large international organisations to national NGOs. Together, our aim is to transform humanitarian action through innovation, fast funding, early action, and locally led action. Start Network are one of several humanitarian agencies who have been working on a paradigm shift toward an anticipatory rather than reactionary humanitarian system. Building robust evidence on the impact of anticipatory action is key to support this paradigm shift. However, while the evidence base on anticipatory action is growing, it remains limited overall. Most implementers of anticipatory action consider themselves to be humanitarian practitioners first and foremost. Resources for evaluations are often limited and require specific skills.  Therefore, many hesitate to invest in elaborate ways to generate evidence that may appear overly complicated or expensive. In 2022, Start Network are planning to commission a piece to explore different evaluation methodologies that, compared to traditional case-control studies, can be employed quickly and with fewer resources and time requirements while yielding robust findings.  

To learn more and apply click here.


  • Member Engagement Advisor

Start Network has an exciting opportunity for a Membership Engagement Advisor to further develop and oversee our member engagement strategy and ensure our member organisations get the most out of their interactions with the network. As a growing humanitarian network of over 55 local, national and international NGOs, working through our members to implement innovative programmes and initiatives, this is as critical to the network’s success. The Member Engagement Advisor ensures our member organisations can actively and efficiently engage in Start Network and help create spaces and opportunities for bringing members together. The role directly engages with members through online forums and visits. The role will also lead on clearer articulation of culture and principles of, requirements for member contributions, and the value of membership, while developing and implementing creative yet simple solutions to improve engagement.

Candidates must be creative and strategically-minded, with demonstrable experience in a membership focused role, and of building and maintaining relationships and partnerships across organisational and geographical boundaries. Candidates should also have experience in designing and managing events or conferences. Knowledge of the humanitarian sector, and working knowledge of French or Spanish in addition to English will be an advantage.

Location: UK or Start Network countries of operation (DRC, Bangladesh, Guatemala, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Senegal, Kenya, and the Philippines)

Salary: £36,300 - £39,400 if based in the UK otherwise competitive salary for the local market of the country

Contract: Permanent, Full Time

Closing date: Sunday 23rd October

For more information and to apply click here.

  • HR Manager

Start Network has an incredible opportunity for a Human Resources Manager to join our team to focus on HR operations and HR business partnering with senior managers in the UK and globally. The HR Manager will take ownership and lead on recruitment to onboarding, developing organisational policies, performance management, salary reviews, payroll, and performance. The role is a business partner with senior leaders and managers to coach and support them on all HR-related matters and issues and build effective relationships to finding joint solutions to challenges presented by our structure and hiring model. The role will oversee, lead, and implement HR projects that support our ambition to move from the grant custodian model to a globally dispersed, locally led network of networks. The role will provide HR-related data, evidence, and statistics to support us to continually innovate and improve as an organisation based on sound evidence and data. The role maintains knowledge of trends in the HR sector, changes in employment legislation, and good and emerging HR practice. 


Candidates must be qualified to CIPD level 5 and have significant experience in human resources management, including managing the full employee lifecycle and performance management. Candidates must have experience of HR Business Partnering with senior managers and up-to-date knowledge of UK employment legislation, and appreciation of how global south employment legislation may vary. Candidates should also have experience of working with HRIS and payroll and developing and rolling out HR policies.


Contract: Permanent, Full time

Salary: £46,600-£49,400

Location: United Kingdom, with hybrid working options

Closing Date: Sunday 16th October

For more information and to apply click here.



  • Institutional Funding Manager

The Institutional Funding Manager is responsible for supporting the Head of Resource Mobilisation to set and deliver a strategy that maximises institutional funding and grows income substantially over the coming three years (from £28m annually to £40m).

We are recruiting via an agency, so please find more information and apply here.

Contract: Full time, Permanent

Location: UK, London with hybrid working (min. 1 day per week office)

Salary: £46,600 - £49,700 dependent on experience

Closing date: Thursday 6th October


  • Data Manager

We have an exciting new opportunity for a Data Manager to join our Research and Evidence Team to lead our data management. Collaborating closely with research and MEAL staff, the role will develop our data processes to ensure efficient and effective data collation, storage, processing, and reporting. The Data Manager will set in place a data management strategy and processes to centralise the holding and analysis of data that can then identify key learning from our work, support the demonstration of impact to stakeholders, and be used in our influencing work within the humanitarian sector


To be successful in the role you will have significant proven experience as a data manager at strategic level, backed up with a BSc/BA in computer science or relevant field. You will have excellent understanding of data management function (collection, storage, analysis, reporting etc.) and be familiar with current database and information system technologies and data visualization tools (eg Tableau and R). You will also have technical experience of data architecture in designing systems on Salesforce/Asana and other platforms. As an individual, you will bring an analytical problem-solving mindset, with excellent communication and collaboration skills, and above all a passion to see data used to influence decision-making


Contract: Full time, Permanent

Salary: £40,400 - £42,500 if based in UK or competitive salary for the local market if based outside UK

Location: London or Start Network countries of operation (DRC, Bangladesh, Guatemala, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Senegal, Kenya, and the Philippines)

Closing Date: Sunday 16th October

For more details & to apply, click here.

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