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.


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When applying for roles at Start Network, please complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form.

  • Disaster Risk Financing Data Analyst Contractor

The Anticipation and Risk Finance Team is seeking a technical consultant to provide analysis and insight around the data and datasets used in each of the disaster risk finance (DRF) models. In addition, the individual will perform skill and sensitivity testing on the selected datasets, and review and evaluate 2021's monitoring period. 

This is a part-time contract role of 2-2.5 days a week, for approximately 3-4 months. Applicants can be based in any location; we particularly welcome applicants based in the Global South.

Deadline for submission: 8th of August

For more information and to apply 

  • Information designer required to visualise unique dataset on drought in Senegal

The Start Network are seeking an information designer to visualise a complex qualitative dataset which looks at drought in Senegal. The data captures changes in different themes related to drought in Senegal (for example animal health, access to water, household health), across time and space. The data captures 9 regions, and the data originates from qualitative interviews conducted monthly between March – September 2020. The interviews have been synthesised and reduced, and we are now hoping to visualise the data. The Start Network will advise on possible designs, but we expect the designer to review the data and propose relevant designs. This project should be complete by the end of August.

For more information and to apply

  • Provider required for SMT Leadership Development Programme

Start Network is seeking an experienced provider to facilitate a leadership development programme for our Senior Management Team. We are looking for a provider that has worked with senior leaders in a global context and has experience of internal leadership development programmes, organisational change and culture. Start Network is going through an exciting period and this is an opportunity to bring your experience of working with complex dynamics, to support an excellent team of senior leaders as they help to transform the humanitarian aid sector.

Deadline: Midnight 11 August 2021

For more information and to apply.

  • M&E Consultant for review of approaches to evaluating anticipatory action systems

Anticipatory humanitarian approaches have rapidly developed across hazards and geographies. While substantial work has been done to evaluate the community level impact of anticipatory action, less work has been done to evaluate the quality of the systems which enable these interventions to happen. This piece of work is commissioned by Start Network on behalf of a practitioner group focused on M&E of anticipatory humanitarian action. It will look at approaches which have either been taken, or could be taken, to review anticipatory action systems, including the components of forecasting, contingency planning and pre-agreed finance.


For more information and to apply


  • Start Fund Programme Officer

We are currently searching for a Programme Officer, a critical role supporting the implementation of the global Start Fund. 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 project administration, such as processing of disbursements and record keeping of all project documents. You will support reporting, project compliance and escalate complaints and incidents. To be successful you will have experience working within the humanitarian sector and proven experience of project cycle management. As well as a flexible ‘can do' attitude, you should have the ability to manage an unpredictable workload and use your initiative. Strong data management and analysis skills, as well as experience in automation, are required.

Deadline for applicants: 1 August

For more information and to apply


  • Start Funds MEAL Officer

We are currently looking for a Start Funds MEAL Officer, an integral position in the Start Funds team, promoting the quality and accountability of the funds. The Start Funds MEAL Officer will play an integral role in the provision of monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning services for the global Start Fund, a rapid humanitarian financing mechanism. Working within a small but dynamic and high-performing team, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to directly impact, and strengthen, evidence-based learning, performance, and overall accountability to the Start Fund, organisational members of the Start Network, donors, and people at risk of, and affected by crisis.

Deadline: Recruitment on a rolling basis

To find out more and apply.


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