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.

  • Freelance Event Manager

We are seeking proposals from an experienced Events Manager to oversee the successful delivery of the Start Network’s 2020 Assembly meeting and associated events, which will take place on 14 and 15 October 2020 in London.

Working with the Head of Communications & Digital, and the Governance Manager of the Start Network, the Event Manager will be responsible for planning, logistical coordination, communicating and delivering the events.

Read more.

Deadline for submissions: 13 March 2020

  • Programme Officer for the Migration Emergency Response Fund (MERF)

Join us as a Programme Officer for the Migration Emergency Response Fund (MERF) and play an integral role in managing the MERF alert cycle, which aims to allow its 24 member agencies quickly respond to new or unforeseen needs along the migration routes in North, West, and Central Africa.

Deadline: 5 March 2020

For the full job description and to apply please click here.

  • MEAL Manager

As MEAL Manager you will oversee MEAL for all existing fund management, currently including Global Start Fund, including Anticipation window of the Start Fund and Migration Emergency Response Fund.  You will also ensure the quality delivery of all Funds' related MEAL activities. In addition, you will:

- Be accountable for the coordination and delivery of all MEAL activities, including task and resource management
- Be accountable for the measurement and reporting of the Start Funds' performance metrics in line with the Network KPIs
- Oversee the identification and implementation of diverse and innovative approaches to MEAL
- Oversee reporting to all Start Funds' donors including log frame updates, annual reviews and external evaluations
- Lead on the delivery of data transparency activities such as the publishing of accurate and representative data to the Start Funds Portal.

To be successful you will have substantial experience of delivering MEAL for multi-million-pound programmes with previous humanitarian field experience. Previous line management experience is essential, as is a proven ability to drive and implement strategy. In addition, you will have:

- Substantial experience delivering MEAL for multi-million-pound programmes
- Experience of managing consultants and external evaluators
- Proven skills in developing log frames, theories of change and donor reporting
- Experience in organising events and engaging varied stakeholders in complex issues
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills with stakeholders at different levels.

Please note that the interviews will be taking place on the w/c 9th March.

Please see the full job description and apply here.

Closing date: 5 March 2020

  • Trustee

The Start Network Board is seeking a new Trustee from the network’s member organisations, with the ability to play a leading role in a newly independent organisation; the energy to actively participate in decision making around the network’s growth and strategic direction; and the diversity and skills to ensure governance excellence.

The trustee will be recruited specifically for demonstrated high-level experience in finance and accounting in the humanitarian sector. This is a voluntary role, and the successful candidate will also be expected to take the role of Vice-Chair in the Finance & Audit Committee of the Start Network Board, serving alongside the Treasurer. There is no requirement for applicants to be Assembly representatives or senior-level staff within their organisations – this trustee role is open to all eligible staff across Start Network’s membership.

Learn more and apply.

Deadline: 1 March 2020

  • Operations Advisor

As Operations Advisor you will contribute to the development of the Anticipation and Risk Financing portfolio of work, cooperating with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the effective delivery of identified pilot projects.  You will support the Operations Lead in the establishment of effective and agile ways of working within the team, helping to recruit the talent needed to deliver on team objectives. You will contribute to the mobilisation of funds for Start Network initiatives by building strong relationships with relevant donor counterparts, as well as developing proposals and budgets to submit to donor targets for funding. In addition you will:

- Support the Operations Lead with financial management of the Anticipation and Risk Finance portfolio, ensuring compliance with donor and SCUK protocols
- Manage the operational requirements of current and future initiatives to identify, source and manage external advice as required (legal, risk, compliance)
- Support the development of a strong team identity and culture, developing effective ways of working with colleagues in other teams (Start Programmes and Start Network)
- Support the development and implementation of a strategy for nationally and regionally led network growth relating to crisis anticipation, early warning and risk financing.

To be successful you will be a strong analytical thinker and creative problem-solver with substantial experience in setting up and managing operational projects. This will include demonstrating capacity to design, plan, manage and report on multi-donor, multi-country projects.  You will need excellent interpersonal skills and a good ability to manage and build effective partnerships, with significant experience in procurement in financial management. You will ideally have worked in disaster-prone countries and be familiar with the operational challenges involved. Additionally, you will have:

- Substantial experience in humanitarian context, knowledge of the sector and current approaches to financing
- Experience in partnership development and/or networks, with a track record of brokering and/or cultivating successful relationships.
- Competency in a second language (specifically French, Spanish or Arabic)
- A good knowledge of the humanitarian financing policy arena and/or business development (desirable).

Closing date: 1st March 2020

To apply click here.


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