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Working at the Start Network is an opportunity and a challenge to change the way we do things in the humanitarian sector. 


The Start Network’s principles set out the behaviours expected from our staff and member organisations as their contribution to the Start Network vision.

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.



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The Start Network is a newly created 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.


  • Head of Network Development and Membership

We are recruiting a Head of Network Development and Membership to be based in our central London office in Holborn.

This 12-month role will focus on:

  • Shape and deliver the strategy to increase the number of members, particularly those based in countries affected by humanitarian crises. Start Network is supporting these organisations to form hubs – collections of organisations to work differently in response to humanitarian needs. 
  • Lead the development of the network to be more globally disbursed, working closely with the Membership Committee. This role and team will play a critical role in supporting the hubs to try new ways of working, including testing different legal agreements, governance arrangements, financial tools and due diligence.
  • Represent network development and membership internally and externally, such as to members and donors, to promote Start Network’s ambitious plans, particularly around localisation. This includes co-leading on the content of an annual Assembly to bring together representatives from all members to shape the strategic direction of the network.
  • Lead a team of advisors and managers, based in the UK and overseas, and manage a budget of circa £1m. 
  • As part of the Executive Team, work closely with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Finance and Operations Officer and Start Network Board, to shape the future of the network.

Read the job description

How to apply

Applications are by email and should include the following attachments in Word:

- CV including the names, roles, relationship to you and full contact details for two references and an indication whether these references can be contacted prior to interview

- Letter of motivation (no more than 2 A4 pages)

- Completed Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Please note that we are only able to contact candidates shortlisted for interview. No agencies please.

Please send completed applications to

Closing date: 28th October 09.00. Any offer of employment is subject to relevant checks.

  • National or Regional Communications Support

We are seeking three communications professionals, working for organisations based in countries or regions where Start Network operates, to help us raise the profile of our work in your country or region.

We are seeking to partner with NGOs (local, national or international) and their communications staff to help raise the profile of the Start Network and Start Fund and to engage more people. This is an opportunity for an aid organisation to leverage the expertise of your communications staff, while giving them an opportunity to work on different types of communications, while also being reimbursed for their time. Ideally, one person in your communication team would work with us. Their objectives will be guided by the organisations leading the development of the Hub (if one exists in your country), and the global Start Network communications team. Accountability for the role will be both to the local Start Network leaders (of the hub) and the global Start Network team.

Closing date: Friday 1 November 2019

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  • Consultancy: Stakeholder Survey

The purpose of the consultancy is to conduct, on behalf of the Start Network, 300 interviews with a range of our stakeholders over a period of one month. These will include various positions within our membership, collaborators and partners on our various programmes (including academia, private sector as well as CSOs) and the UN and other major humanitarian agencies. Interviews will need to be undertaken across a range of geographical locations, though all are expected to be done remotely. 20% are expected to be conducted in a foreign language which will require transcribing into English.

Deadline for submission: 5 pm (BST) on Friday 1st November 2019

Read further information regarding this consultancy and how to apply.

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