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

  • Consultant: Humanitarian accountability specialist


The purpose of this consultancy is to look at accountability in the context of early and forecast based humanitarian issues. The consultant will collect information and review a range of primary data to explore the issue of accountability to affected communities in humanitarian interventions which have used forecasts or automated triggers. We expect the consultant to take an evidence-based approach to presenting potential issues around accountability for forecast-based action and provide some practical recommendations for avoiding these.


Please apply by Sunday, 16th of August, interviews will be held during the week beginning 17th of August .

See the full job description here.


  • Risk and Compliance Committee Chair

The trustees of the Start Network, a humanitarian start-up organisation, are seeking a professional to chair the Board’s new Risk & Compliance Committee; and help to shape our risk management strategy and framework in line with the organisation’s size and ambition. As an innovative global network of over 50 NGOs working to re-shape the humanitarian aid sector, we are looking for someone creative and solutions-driven who can enable the organisation to keep pushing the boundaries according to our mandate and mission, while ensuring that we remain compliant and that our risk is managed appropriately.

Closing Date: 19th July

Find out more and apply.

  • Researcher (Maternity Cover)

As a researcher you will support the research activities of the Start Network and its programmes. Working with the Head of Evidence, you will conduct research, interpret data and communicate findings across a range of projects which support evidencing the impact and learning of the Start Network activities. These could involve literature and desk reviews, primary data collection through surveys, and synthesis of secondary data sources. 

The areas of research may vary from competitive landscape analyses of the humanitarian financing sector and economic evaluations of early action through to syntheses of narratives on influencing policies and practices. You will also be measuring the performance and impact of the programmatic areas as well as the network itself. You will have the necessary skills to move through the entire research process from hypothesis development, tool design, data analysis and presentation of findings.​

You will have strong communication skills and confident working across the Start team, with members, donors and other stakeholders. am, with members, donors and other stakeholders.​


Closing date: Monday 24th August

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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