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.

  • Consultancy: Start Financing Facility Prototyper

The objective of the consultancy is to bring the existing Start Financing Facility (SFF) design components together into a structure that can be interrogated and tested by service users. The consultant will develop a series of tests to explore different aspects of the SFF design, to surface contested areas and to bring improvements. At this stage we are most likely testing a minimal viable product.

Read more here.

Deadline: Monday 28th September 2020

  • Request for proposals: Scoping of Impact Funds for Start Network

Start Network is looking to use learning, ethos and approaches from impact investing to scope and explore the applicability of a funding structure similar to an impact fund to support the innovation work at Start Network, and to help attract and diversify our current donor base to go beyond traditional institutional donors. Looking for those with experience in the impact investment space to support in the initial scoping exercise to help understand the viability of impact funds in meeting the organisation’s desired outcomes.

See the Terms of Reference here.

Deadline for submission: 5 pm (BST) on Friday 16 October 2020

  • Consultancy: Dashboard Developer

The objective of the consultancy is to develop a risk data dashboard to communicate the daily results of the ongoing risk monitoring at a country level in Pakistan. The consultant will develop a dashboard that will hold quantitative data from the flood, heatwave and drought model alerting sheets and risk indicators in a visual way, so to observe if the risk is increasing and if financing may soon trigger from the models, or if the wider risk data is indicating the need to raise an alert to the Start Fund. Pakistan will act as the first pilot country to create and upload this data to a dashboard. However, it is envisaged that another 3 - 5 countries will want to replicate what Pakistan has done within 2021 replicating up the countries on the dashboard, with their own country dashboard pages.

Closing Date: 19th October

Find out more and apply.

  • Request for proposals: Development of a Framework for Assessing Systemic Racism and Colonialism in Humanitarian Programmes

We are seeking a consultant to develop a framework to support the identification and analysis of the influence of systemic racism and colonialism in humanitarian programmes and programme delivery structures and services and to support the roll-out of the framework and training to use it.


Deadline for submission: 5pm (GMT) on Wednesday 4th November

For more information and to apply 

  • Technical Advisor, Anticipation and Risk Financing

We are looking for a creative and innovative individual to join us as Technical Advisor. You will work within Start's Anticipation and Risk Financing team, which is hosted within Save the Children UK.

The Start Network is made up of more than 50 aid agencies, of which Save the Children is one, working across five continents, ranging from large international organisations to national NGOs. The Start Platform maintains a strong relationship with SCUK as the grant custodian of many of the Start Network's programmes. The Start Anticipation and Risk Financing Team is a newly formed team which builds off the work of two former teams over the last 3-years. It is managed within Save the Children's Humanitarian Business Transformation Team but sits with the wider Start Programmes team (SCUK dedicated grant custodian team) and works closely with colleagues in the Start Platform.

As Technical Advisor you will report to the Technical Lead, and work alongside other advisors to drive early humanitarian action through the Start Network. You will be at the forefront of innovative humanitarian financing, working to develop, test and provide scientific hazard data and models that will be used to monitor risks and trigger financing and early action. 

Read the full job description and apply here.

Deadline for submission: 23 of Agust 2020


  • Senior Network Development Adviser

As the Senior Network Development Adviser you will play a crucial role in delivering the transformation of the Start Network. You will advise on the incubation of and engagement with the five pilot hubs and with potential future hubs globally. The focus will be on brokering partnerships and supporting hubs to work together to co-develop them, both within hub leadership teams and as a collective of hubs. At the same time, you will provide a linking function for hubs to engage with the wider Start Network team, and the team to develop programming in collaboration with hubs.

We are looking for someone who can foster relationships and create engagement strategies to enable hubs to sustainably form, and the network as a whole to move closer to the network’s vision.

Based on government guidance for working safely during COVID-19, we are all working from home. However, there is a voluntary option to work from our offices on a rota system. Our COVID-19 risk assessment will be shared.

We work with BeApplied, an online recruitment platform designed to allow teams to measure candidates on what actually matter. Follow the application link (see attached) to find out more about the role and how to apply.

Find out more and apply

Closing date: 21st August

  • ARC Replica Pay-Out, Senegal: Data Support

The Start Network is seeking proposals for suppliers able to support with cleaning, processing, analysing, and presenting both quantitative and qualitative primary data collected as part of an internal evaluation of the ARC Replica pay-out in Senegal. This will include cleaning, processing, and analysing both quantitative and qualitative data sets. The consultant may also be asked to support in developing infographics, maps, charts, and/or tables. This work will be done on a part-time basis over a three month period (September-November 2020). The Start Network is open to flexible working arrangements; however, the consultant should be able to commit at least 15-20 hours each week throughout the contract period to this work

Closing date: 23:59 on Sunday, 6 September

Learn more and apply.

  • Research Assistant

Working with the Evidence & Learning team, you will work with the other members of the Evidence & Learning team to undertake research, interpret data, and communicate findings across a range of projects that evidence the impact and learning of Start Network activities. This could include supporting in the design and administration of data collection projects; cleaning, processing, and analysing primary data; and undertaking literature and desk reviews. Although some previous experience in social research would be advantageous, prior experience is not necessary. Rather, you should be willing to learn and implement practical research skills learned on the job through guidance provided by the other members of the Evidence & Learning team. 

This is a 6-month fixed term contract.

Closing date: 6 September 2020

Read the full job description and apply here.

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