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.

  • Salesforce Maintenance and Support

Start Network is seeking a partner to support the maintenance and development of our Salesforce instance for our core operations and for our programmes, in particular the Start Fund. This will include Salesforce administrator duties, creating documentation, maintenance and ad hoc projects and future planning and strategy.

Read more here.

Deadline: 1700 GMT Tuesday 1 December 2020

  • Request for proposals: Digital Content Review is built on Drupal 7 and so we were intending to begin redeveloping the website this year. However, as the lifespan of Drupal 7 has been extended until November 2022, we have put the development project on hold. We will, however, embark on the user analysis and content review part of the project.

We are therefore seeking support to review and reorganise our website content so that it better reflects our work and better engages our stakeholders. This will make our website content more ready for our future website.

Read the 'request for proposals' document here

Deadline for submission: 1100 GMT Monday 30 November 2020

  • Research Consultancy: Request for Proposals

The objective is to provide a methodologically sound evaluation of the Start Fund’s value and uniqueness across a varied range of country scenarios, with lessons on possible challenges and how we can address these to ensure that the Start Fund continues to play a crucial and lead role in humanitarian response.

To achieve this, we plan to contract a supplier to deliver an evaluation service, that will include:

A situational analysis: a broad overview of global humanitarian funding mechanisms and key features, and an assessment of the current humanitarian funding landscape and humanitarian action and decision-making in 6 selected countries.
An evaluation: The Start Fund’s value and uniqueness as a fast, flexible locally-led funding mechanism which targets under-the-radar humanitarian crises within country-specific humanitarian funding and decision-making landscapes
Recommendations: An informed set of recommendations on the existing and potential challenges that the Start Fund faces in a changing the humanitarian system that would need to be addressed, and proposed actions to address them, to ensure that the Start Fund continues to provide unique value in the system.

Closing Date: 13th November 2020

Find out more and apply.

  • Request for proposals: Development of a Framework for Assessing Systemic Racism and Colonialism in Humanitarian Programmes

We are seeking a consultant to develop a framework to support the identification and analysis of the influence of systemic racism and colonialism in humanitarian programmes and programme delivery structures and services and to support the roll-out of the framework and training to use it.


Deadline for submission: 5pm (GMT) on Friday 20th November

For more information and to apply 

  • Call for proposals: Management and Leadership Support

We are seeking an organisation or consultant/s to support and train our talented team of managers and leaders. Based on the principles of inclusive leadership, you will develop a package based around working with self, working with others and working with agility. We are also seeking support for our Senior Management Team to build an open and trusting leadership culture based on the same principles. These two pieces of work can be bid for in combination or as separate pieces if you have particular expertise relevant to one part. The work will run from January 2021 for between 3 and 6 months.  

Deadline: 5pm (GMT) Friday 4 December

Find out more and apply


  • Communications Support Consultancy for the Start Financing Facility

The Start Financing Facility (SFF) is a fast-moving concept that we plan to launch as a minimal viable product in February 2021. We are looking for a communications agency to support bringing our vision of the Start Financing Facility to life. As the SFF is quite a complex idea, we hope to find an agency who is able to produce material that will simplify the component parts of the SFF - ensuring that it is digestible and easy to understand for our different stakeholders

Find out more and apply

Closing date: 12th November

Find out more about how you can work with us