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.

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

  • Business Analyst

In this role, you will assess Start Network’s current ways of working and plan and design new technology-enabled processes. It’s an exciting chance to change the way we run our programmes and wider work. This will include automated workflows and data-driven reporting to enable the network to scale it’s work in cost-effective ways. You will work with staff to collect, clarify, and document requirements, and determine which employee capacity building, processes, and technology platforms can be improved. The role will also be called on to perform project management activities on digital initiatives of varying scale. You’ll be embedded in the Start Network digital team and work closely with programme managers, the membership team and external stakeholders.

We are looking for someone who is:
- A great relationship builder who can see how things connect internally and externally
- Able to translate needs into technical requirements for new processes
- Has experience of defining business capabilities from a system perspective
- Brilliant at problem solving and creative thinking
- With an eye for detail
- Always looking for better ways of working

Click here for the full job description and to apply.

Closing date: Tuesday 14 April midnight (UK time)

Please note that this is role is subject to funding confirmation expected in the next month

  • 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: 1 March 2020

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