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.

  • Chair of the Board

Made up of more than 50 aid agencies across five continents, ranging from large international organisations to national NGOs, Start Network is a brave, creative and influential network seeking to transform humanitarian action, through innovation, fast funding, early action, and localisation. Our programmatic work addresses the key challenges to humanitarian action: slow and reactive funding, centralised decision-making, and an aversion to change.

Start Network itself is at a critical and exciting point in its journey. Following the rapid growth and diversification of its membership over the past ten years, it is on a path to become a decentralised and locally-led “network of networks” – devolving its leadership, membership, programmes and decision making to national and regional hubs around the world. We are now looking for an independent Chair of the Board to help lead Start Network in this next stage of its development and success.

Our next Chair will bring ambition and a strong, visible passion for our mission of change in the humanitarian system. They will have experience at a senior strategic leadership level within an organisation or social movement, ideally from the Global South – this could be a humanitarian organisation, a wider social impact organisation, international public sector, or social enterprise. They will preferably bring experience of relatable international governance and external representation, and be skilled in managing multiple stakeholders and their interests.

The Chair is a voluntary position and will be expected to serve a three-year term, extendable to a maximum of two terms. There are four Board meetings per year, one of which will be face-to-face in London, the rest being virtual. The Chair will also be expected to attend the annual Start Network Assembly meeting and AGM, which normally takes place virtually, and in person every three years. The Chair cannot be employed by, or on the Board of, an organisation that is a Start Network member.


Closing Date: Thursday 15 April 2021

For more details and to apply.



  • HR Manager (MAT Cover)

The HR Manager will support management on all HR matters, working closely with the Head of People and Culture and the HR Administrator and Team Coordinator.  For this maternity cover, the role has been split to enable the Head of team to focus on strategic organisational development issues, with the HR Manager taking on day-to-day HR operations. 

You will be stepping into the role to cover an exciting period.  We have built HR foundations.  The next 12 months will be about embedding and improving our ways of working.  With a solid understanding of employment legislation, you will enjoy working at different levels, from issuing of contracts, through to reviewing total remuneration.  The function supports approximately 40 direct employees and the wider team of approximately 70 employed by host organisations working together as one team.  In this small organisation, relationship building is key.

Part-time, 21 hours / Fixed-term, 12 months maternity cover

For more information and to apply 

Closing date: Sunday 18th April 2021


  • Head of Network Development

You will enable the development of hubs, driving decentralised decision-making, devolving power, and enabling local hub leaders to meet their needs defined and owned by them.  You will work with key stakeholder groups, primarily the hubs, to understand their support needs, then facilitate and coordinate that support working with the relevant team expertise, such as operations and communications.  Longer-term, the aspiration is for the services to be peer-to-peer between hubs.

The role requires political awareness and sensitivity to different contexts.  It requires using your position to support others to connect and influence.  You will be great at building relationships with empathy and credibility.  Listening and valuing diverse perspectives to build an inclusive team will be key to success. 

We are currently exploring different models for employing staff globally driven by our aim to disperse the team, increase diversity, and ensure we are representative of the communities we serve. Therefore, for the post to be based outside of the UK, we are actively seeking to recruit from our countries of operation (DRC, Bangladesh, Guatemala, India, Pakistan, Senegal). For these locations, we are accepting applications from outside our members, using a third-party host. We are also accepting member secondment applications from countries within the same region since members will continue to be the employer during the secondment.

Please reach out to with questions or for further information.


For more information and to apply 

Closing date: Sunday 4th April (UK time)


  • Consultancy: Locally-led anticipatory action (research, analysis and policy guidance)

A consultancy to produce a research and policy report which analyses barriers, opportunities and recommendations regarding how the anticipatory action and locally-led humanitarian action agendas can mutually support each other. The consultant will work with Start Network and REAP on the project.


Deadline: 5 April 2021

For more information and to apply


  • Strategic Finance Lead

The Strategic Finance Lead will head up our finance team, shaping its work to respond to the changing needs of a dynamic organisation.  With a recognised finance qualification, you will also provide support in the management and delivery of key tasks, such as management accounts.  You will identify and adopt best practices from within the sector to enable the Start Network to meet its needs as it takes on more grant funding and develops financial products.  This is a senior role split between project management and delivery.  It is an outstanding opportunity for someone to shape and lead our finance function, making an important and lasting contribution to the sector.

This is a one-year fixed-term contract. 28 hours per week

For more information and to apply 

Closing Date: 23:59 Sunday 11th April 2021

  • Proposals: Start Fund Bangladesh Secretariat Host

Start Network is seeking proposals from existing members of Start Network to deliver a high quality, value for money service to host the Start Fund Bangladesh secretariat and serve as Grant Custodian for the Start Fund Bangladesh (a Start Network Programme).


This request for proposals is based on a propositional business case submitted by Start Network to the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office Bangladesh for the continuation of the Start Fund Bangladesh and the development of a new phase. If the business case is approved unconditionally, the successful contract holder will act as Grant Custodian and Host Agency for up to a £16M emergency disbursement fund in Bangladesh over the course of 4 years (2021-2025)



The deadline for submitting proposals is Thursday 15th April at 17:00 Bangladesh Time.  Submissions should be sent to  There will be an opportunity for interested applicants to submit questions until 7th April.  Any questions to be sent to


More information and the full request for proposals can be found here.


Please refer here to answers received in response to questions to the RFP

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