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.

 

Please refer to our privacy policy including our candidate privacy notice regarding the treatment of your data.

  • HR Administrator and Team Coordinator

We are seeking a new HR Administrator and Team Coordinator to join our busy team, assisting with general HR functions and team coordination. This role will suit someone who enjoys administration, organising, and getting the small things right, has enthusiasm and empathy and who really cares about doing a good job. This is a support role, with a strong operational focus and the scope to learn and develop HR knowledge. There will also be the opportunity to be involved in projects that make a difference to everyone in the charity, so we are looking for someone who enjoys teamwork.

Impeccable attention to detail and accuracy are essential, combined with a flexible can-do attitude and the desire to provide an excellent service with the ability to work under pressure. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are important, together with a logical, calm approach and initiative to resolve issues. We are looking for someone who is also keen to develop their skills in using online tools to support collaboration and remote working. 

Please see the full job description and person specification here.

Please send your completed application (CV and letter of motivation) and Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form to recruitment@startnetwork.org   

Closing date: Sunday 26th January 2020 (midnight UK time)

Interviews: w/c Monday 3rd February 2020 (45-60 minutes with a panel, with a short presentation about yourself to prepare in advance)

 

  • Executive Assistant to CEO and CFOO

We are seeking an Executive Assistant to provide excellent administrative support to our most senior staff – the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Finance and Operations Officer (CFOO).  This role will suit someone who enjoys helping others by being highly organised and efficient.  Diary management, minute taking, travel booking, preparation of briefing packs and getting involved in cross-organisational projects are all part of the job.  We’re looking for a self-starter and proactive problem solver who enjoys finding ways to make working life easier for others.  You need to be an excellent communicator, and not afraid to tell senior staff where they need to be and when!  You will also need to have high attention to detail, enjoy multi-tasking, and have a can-do attitude to resolving issues.  We are looking for someone who has an interest in developing their communication skills too as you will assist with producing presentations and reports.

Please see the full job description and person specification here.

Please send your completed application (CV and letter of motivation) and Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form to recruitment@startnetwork.org   

Closing date: Wednesday 22nd January 2020 (midnight UK time)

Interviews: w/c Monday 27th January 2020 (45-60 minutes with a panel, with a short presentation about yourself to prepare in advance)

 

 

  • Tender for model building: Flood / Drought in Pakistan

The Start Network plans to build a Disaster Risk Financing system in Pakistan, that allows civil society actors in-country to proactively manage disaster risks (specifically for droughts and floods). By quantifying risks in advance of disasters, and pre-positioning funds, humanitarians could act earlier and save more lives. We require an experienced team to partner with us, primarily by building a flood and a drought model, respectively, for Pakistan.

For more details please click here.

Closing date: 24th January

To apply e-mail the tender application to Eleanor Nderitu at: eleanor.nderitu@startprogrammes.org

  • Head of Network Development - 12 month maternity cover

Are you interested in changing the humanitarian system, shifting power and decision making to organisations based closer to where crises occur? Do you have experience in organisational development, running networks and in bringing together diverse organisations to work collaboratively to develop new ways of working? Start Network is about to embark on an 18-month pilot of national and regional ‘hubs’, or groups of civil society organisations working together to improve humanitarian response by channelling funding to local organisations and designing homegrown solutions to humanitarian problems.   

We are looking for a 12-month maternity cover, ideally starting January 2020, to ensure plans are put into action, providing support and an enabling environment for the hubs to evolve and flourish. The team you will lead will be working closely with hubs, accompanying them in the development of their business cases and putting in place the infrastructure needed for them to operate. As Head of Network Development, your role will be to bring energy, vision, intellectual leadership and sound project/team management to the pilot phase. You will also be responsible for working through the whole Start Network membership, Board of Trustees and its committees to build momentum and ownership for the initiative. In doing so, you will need to be adept at running a multi-stakeholder process, while demonstrating a strong sense of direction and an ability to navigate complex and competing interests and views. The role will cover:

  • Own and deliver on the vision and strategy for Start Network to be a network of networks by increasing the scale and diversity of its membership.
  • Oversee and manage the Start Network’s network development workplan.
  • Drive Start Network’s localisation and network development ambitions across the organisation, including by, working closely with senior leadership to increase the profile of work and achieve network-wide commitment to best practice.
  • Collaborate with various stakeholders both internal (Board, Executive Team, Members) and external (donors, potential members, influencers) stakeholders to put departments work at the forefront of policy in this area.
  • Oversee and- manage the budget of the departments' work (circa £1m per annum).
  • Provide leadership, management and mentorship for the Network Development team as well as external advisors.

The successful candidate will have experience in:

User-centred / community-led design approaches
Complex / agile programme management  
Team management
Organisational/network development and management
Humanitarian policy development, preferably on localisation or financing 

We are open to discussion about flexible working, which may include arrangements such as formalised flexitime, working from home and job-sharing. While our team is office-based, home working is part of our culture. This position could be taken as a secondment with agreement from your current employer.

How to apply

Applications by email to recruitment@startnetwork.org and should include the following attachments in Word:

- CV (max 2x A4 sides) and letter of motivation (1 A4 page)

- Completed Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Please note that we are only able to contact candidates shortlisted for interview. No agencies please. You must have the right to work in the UK. Any offer of employment is subject to relevant checks. 

Closing date and interview: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and any suitable candidates will be invited to interview at the earliest possible opportunity.  If you are interested in the role, but have questions about it, please contact recruitment@startnetwork.org for an informal conversation.

Start Network is committed to developing policies which embrace diversity, promote equality of opportunity and eliminate unlawful discrimination.  We are an equal opportunities employer and treat every application on merit alone.  We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet our minimum selection criteria. We also welcome applications from, LGB and Trans and non-binary candidates. Please refer to our Equal Opportunities Policy for further information.

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