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.



  • Request for Proposals - Financial Modelling

Start Network has so far incubated five Hubs which are groups of predominantly civil society organiations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, India, the Pacific and Pakistan. Hubs are locally-led groupings of local, national and international humanitarian actors working together to develop locally owned ways of anticipating and responding to humanitarian crises and transforming the humanitarian system.

Hubs are working towards becoming independent, which includes developing business and financial models to ensure greater sustainability and eventual financial independence. As they transition to become autonomous entities, we are looking for a consultant to support them to develop tailored and flexible business and financial models.

We are looking for candidates with significant experience in supporting organisations or networks in developing strategic and adaptable business and financial models. Candidates should have strong business diagnostic skills and are able to apply a logical and analytical approach to problem solving. It is important that candidates have worked with local and national organisations in the Global South and are familiar with working with locally-led coalitions and decentralized networks.

The consultant will be contracted for six months beginning May with flexibility built in to enable consultants to work according to each Hub’s timeline and priorities.

Closing Date: 5th May 2022

For more informaton and to apply.



  • Request for Proposals | Consultant to develop a toolkit for hub incubation

Start Network is seeking a consultant to lead the development of a Hub Incubation toolkit. This consultancy will support the Network Development team to develop the next phase of the Hub Toolkit to cover the Incubation phase, drawing on the learning and progression with existing hubs to date as well as insights, learning and resources from external sources.

We are looking for someone with the expertise and experience of supporting innovative, decentralised and disbursed networks in designing tools and resources.

Deadline: Please submit applications before 19th of May 2022.

For more information and to apply.


  • Business Development Lead

We have an exciting opportunity to join Start Network as our new Business Development Lead to support our Bangladesh and Nepal programmes. Based in UK, this is a critical role within our Resource Mobilisation Team, focusing on raising new income for the two programmes, while providing an excellent donor experience to existing funders. Both of these nationally led contingency funds are part of Start Network’s flagship programme, Start Fund, and are currently supported mainly by the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The role will support the management of relations with FCDO for these programmes while driving the diversification of funding to other institutional donors and private funding such as corporates, trusts and foundations to ensure sustainability. The postholder will also focus on donor mapping, writing proposals, pitching to donors, donor event planning, and ongoing donor engagement and donor reporting. 

We are looking for candidates who have significant experience of high value fundraising within the humanitarian/development sector. Candidates should have experience working with institutional donors such as FCDO, and experience in new business development, bid writing and donor reporting. Candidates must be excellent communicators, both oral and written, and able to build relationships across international and remote-working teams and with potential donors. This role is offered on a full-time, 2-year fixed term contract with a competitive starting salary from £36,300 pa.

For more information and to apply click here.

Closing date: Thursday 28th April 23.59 GMT.



  • ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - Request for Proposals: Supporting Start Network to develop organisational agility and adaptive capability

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to put this work on hold for a short period. Updates will be posted here when they are available.

  • Trustee

Join the Start Network Board! We are inviting nominations from individuals within our membership to join the Start Network Board. If you want to play a leading role in shaping our strategy and mission at this critical point in our journey, please read this brief (EN | FR | ES) and send us your nomination! This opportunity is open to anyone in the membership, and the deadline for applying is 22nd May.

There is also a vacant independent seat on the Board, for which we are seeking someone with experience in innovation, systems change, and/or social entrepreneurship. Please share this brief with anyone you think may fit this profile.


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