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.


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.



  • Technical Projects and Salesforce Lead

This new role will manage technology and digital projects at Start Network, working with a range of internal and external stakeholders. In addition, the candidate will manage the organisation’s Salesforce instance, working with an external Salesforce partner and other development partners to maintain and expand our use of Salesforce as one of our core services.

Please note that this will be a two-year fixed-term employment with possibility of extension subject to funding.


Location: Start Network countries of operation subject to local legislation (UK, DRC, Bangladesh, Guatemala, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan and the Philippines)

Deadline: Recruitment on a rolling basis

Read full details and apply.

  • Head of Finance

We are looking for a talented and qualified Head of Finance who will lead our finance team, shaping its work to respond to the changing needs of a dynamic organisation.

With a recognised finance qualification, you will be responsible for leading the function, ensuring it is a trusted partner delivering an exceptional financial service to internal and external stakeholders. You will identify and adapt best practices and innovations from within the sector to enable the Start Network to meet its needs as it evolves. You will ensure that we are well positioned to take on more grant funding and develop new and innovative financial products. This is an outstanding opportunity for someone to shape and lead our finance function, making an important and lasting contribution to the sector.

Please note that for this role candidates from underrepresented groups (BIPOC, LGBTQ+, etc.) are highly encouraged to apply.

To find out more and apply.

Closing date: We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis and we reserve the right to close applications at any time based on a satisfactory number of applications received



  • Fundraising Officer (Resource Mobilisation)

We are looking for an exceptional fundraising officer. The Fundraising Officer will support donor engagement activities across Start Network’s programmes, working with colleagues across the organisation to identify donor prospects, produce compelling presentations, draft concept notes and funding proposals aligned to donor priorities, support engagement of existing donors, coordinate events, and improve and implement grant administration processes.

The role will provide a unique donor engagement experience for these existing donors, as well as scaling-up our efforts to secure funding from new sources. By providing support across the Resource Mobilisation team, as well as support for our external communications and events, this role will gain insight into the full breadth of Start Network’s programme and funding portfolio.  As part of the above, it will be key for the postholder to build strong relationships internally and externally. With excellent communications skills and an ability to convey complex ideas simply, you will also be great at project management (as you will be coordinating multiple priorities) and enthusing others. 

Please note that currently we can offer a 12 months fixed-term employment contract but there is a possibility of extension, and more information will be provided during the interview stage.

For more information and to apply.

Closing date for application: Thursday 25 November at 23:59.



  • Operations Officer

This is an exciting time to join Start Network in this new role.  We are looking for a talented operational professional with a passion for project management and strong administrative skills. The operations officer will also contribute to the effectiveness and impact of our work by being responsible for reviewing, updating and maintaining operational policies and procedures and supporting staff to use them, whilst ensuring that these align the organisation to work on behalf of our members.  Based in the operations team, this is also an opportunity to work closely with all of the teams across Start Network, hubs and local members. 

Please note that this is a fixed-term employment until December 2022 with the possibility of extension subject to funding available.

Closing date for applications: 21 November 2021 at 23:59

We reserve the right to close applications early if we reach a satisfactory number of applications.  

For more information and to apply.


  • Start Fund Programme Officer

We are looking for an experienced and committed individual to join us as a Start Fund Programme Officer in the Start Network for 12 months. As Start Fund Programme Officer you will work with a wide range of stakeholders within the Start Network and Start Platform. You will also be responsible for Start Fund Alert Cycle, ensuring members are able to access Start Fund and are supported in the decision-making process. You will support the process of disbursements, reporting, project compliance and escalate complaints and incidents. 

For more information and to apply.

Closing date for applications: 26 November 2021 at 23:59



  • HR Coordinator

We are looking for a well-organised, enthusiastic and efficient HR Coordinator to join our People & Culture team.

The HR Coordinator will provide administrative support for general HR functions while also providing first line support to managers and staff on HR policies and ensuring accurate HR record keeping.

The role will also support implementation of HR and Organisational Development initiatives, including EDI, and support team communication.

For more information about this role and to apply.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 12 December at 23:59.

Interviews are likely to take place on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 December 2021.


  • Request for Proposals: Website development and technical partnership

Start Network is seeking a technical partner to redesign, rebuild and relaunch and provide ongoing, long-term support, development, and hosting.

Start Network’s existing website is built on Drupal 7 and must be redeveloped before its end of life in November 2022. We want to build a website that supports our aims to transform the global humanitarian system, creates a rich and engaging experience for users, works hard for our strategic purposes and makes life easy for content managers.

We want an agency we can work with to create and maintain a cutting edge, scalable web platform and also to collaborate with and learn from over a number of years.

The deadline for submissions is midday on Monday 10 January 2021.

Read more information and to apply.

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