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.

  • Institutional Funding Manager / Bid Writer (FCDO Bid)

Start Network is looking for a talented institutional funding manager and bid writer with experience of managing complex business case development. You will lead on the development of Start Network’s new business case for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO, previously DFID).  This is an eight-figure business case.  Therefore, it is key to have experience of working with FCDO and of leading high-value bids to institutional donors. 

We are looking for a strategic thinker who is able to build strong relationships internally and externally.  With excellent communication skills and an ability to convey complex ideas simply, you will also be great at organising and enthusing others.  The role will be instrumental in bringing together our strategic objectives under one narrative and developing a high-quality business case which is cohesive, aligned to FCDO’s strategy and exciting.

This role is for 28 hours per week with a flexible arrangement on which days are to be worked. Fixed-term for 6 - 9 months, ideally starting in late Feb / early March 2021.

For more information and to apply please click here
Closing date: 18th January 2021


  • Head of Risk and Compliance

The key purpose of the role is to oversee and manage the risk and compliance team (part of Operations), ensuring adherence to regulations, including legal and donor compliance. You will provide a risk and compliance service to the senior management and wider team, including Hubs. Internally, you will hold responsibility for ensuring risk policies and processes are in line with our vision and values, as well as regulation. At a network level, you will work with colleagues to develop risk models and frameworks involving strategic, programmatic and operations risks. We are seeking someone who thinks innovatively and is not afraid to challenge the status quo.


For more information and to apply

Closing date: Sunday 31st January 2021

  • Technical support on finalising the ‘building blocks’ of a Disaster Risk Financing (DRF) system


The objective of the work is to bring the existing technical design blueprint – “the building blocks” into a final resource bank that can be accessed and utilised by Start Network members to support them to build out country-level DRF system and dock with the Start Financing Facility.

Deadline: 18th January 2021

To find out more and apply.


  • Request for consultancy proposals: Mainstreaming gender in Disaster Risk Financing

Disaster Risk Financing brings together quantitative risk modelling and contingency planning with pre-agreed crisis financing, to enable timely and predictable response to humanitarian emergencies. The gendered dimensions of this are considerable, ranging for example from how men and women might access risk information differently to how they perceive the value of programming. The purpose of this consultancy is to provide evidence-based recommendations to help us mainstream gender through all elements of our disaster risk financing programming.

Deadline for submission: Sunday, 24th January

For more information and to apply 

  • Crisis Anticipation and Risk Finance Officer

As Anticipation and Risk Finance Officer you will play a key programmatic support role and engage in programme development, grant administration and reporting on both day to day operations and the roll-out of new projects and pilots across a range of disaster risk financing and anticipation initiatives.

This role presents an exciting capacity building opportunity for an experienced Officer, looking to expand their experience and knowledge of early action, risk financing, multilateral and networked coordination and humanitarian innovation.  You will join a dynamic team, one that is open, and embraces change and have ample opportunity to help build and develop the organisation.

Deadline: 24 January

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