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 advertised 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.



  • Head of Communications & Digital

Start Network has an exciting opportunity for a Head of Communications and Digital as maternity leave cover for 13 months starting in September 2022.

The role is responsible for delivering a consistent stream of high-quality content across our channels that will influence and engage a range of stakeholders. The role also acts as our brand champion, ensuring that our messaging and communications are consistently on-brand and bold, compelling, and persuasive in their tone and style. The role leads the organisation’s digital strategy, including a programme of transformation projects, that are aiming to bring more efficiency and transparency into our work, as well as improving our ability to engage stakeholders in real time. Finally the role oversees the work of the advocacy team, in positioning Start Network as a leading agent of change and leveraging relationships to influence change across the global humanitarian sector.

Read more information about this role and apply

Closing date for applications: 11:59pm, Sunday 26 June 2022 BST


  • Trustee

Join the Start Network Board! We are inviting nominations from individuals within our membership to join the Start Network Board. If you want to play a leading role in shaping our strategy and mission at this critical point in our journey, please read this brief (EN | FR | ES) and send us your nomination! This opportunity is open to anyone in the membership, and the deadline for applying is 22nd May.

There is also a vacant independent seat on the Board, for which we are seeking someone with experience in innovation, systems change, and/or social entrepreneurship. Please share this brief with anyone you think may fit this profile.


  • Head of Assurance

Start Network has an exciting opportunity for a Head of Assurance focusing on provision of internal risk management and due diligence for members, while ensuring compliance to regulations, including legal and donor requirements. The role provides an assurance service to the senior management and wider team. Internally, the role is responsible for ensuring risk policies and processes are in line with our vision and values, as well as regulation. At a network level, the role will work with colleagues to develop risk models and frameworks involving strategic, programmatic and operations risks.  

Candidates must have proven experience in compliance and assurance, probably gained through work in audit, compliance or risk management. Candidates will have the ability to think creatively and innovatively, developing solutions to challenge the status quo. Experience of working in an agile, complex environment is essential with an ability to operate at strategic and operational levels. Candidates should also have proven ability to develop and implement organisation-wide risk management strategy and framework. Membership of a professional body such as the Institute of Risk Management or similar is desirable.

Salary: £57,000-59,000

Location: London, UK with hybrid working options

Closing date: Sunday 3rd July, 11.59 (BST)

For more information and to apply.

  • Network Engagement Officer

Start Network has an exciting opportunity for a Network Engagement Officer to join our team to support the development of locally-led humanitarian hubs around the world. As a new role the individual will be responsible for coordinating the hubs and the people who drive them; supporting them practically as they grow from incubation to independent entities; and sharing learning gained.

Candidates must have experience in project and financial administration, with good attention to detail and organisational skills. We are looking for candidates who are creative thinker and open to new ideas. Candidates must be able to collaborate and build relations, particularly cross-organisational and cross-cultural with a range of stakeholders, with excellent verbal and written communication skills to deal tactfully and sensitively with a wide range of people. Candidates must also have strong IT skills (Microsoft Office). Working knowledge of one of the languages of our hubs is desirable.

Salary: 28,000-32,000 if based in London, otherwise sector competitive salary for the relevant country market

Contract: 18 months fixed-term contract with possibility of extension.

Location: London or Start Network countries of operation (DRC, Bangladesh, Guatemala, India, Pakistan, Senegal, Philippines, Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia)

For more information and to apply.

  • Request for Proposals | Understanding the challenges and enablers forINGO Start Network members to operate in the decentralised network model

Start Network are seeking a consultant to  map  the  organisational,  governance,  and  financial  structures  of our INGO members, in order to advise us on how to support their engagement as we transition to a decentralised network model.  Specifically,  the  consultancy  will  advise  us  on: 

(i)  the  organisational,  governance,  and  financial typologies  of  INGO members; 

(ii)  the  organisational,  governance,  and  financial  barriers  and  opportunities  to  INGOs operating in a decentralised network model, and

(iii) how Start Network needs to engage with them as we make this transition.


We are looking for a consultant(s) who has:

Knowledge of the humanitarian sector, including working with (I)NGOs

An understanding of organisational operating models and organisational transformation

Experience collecting and synthesising qualitative data

Deadline: 30th June 2022 - 10am UK time

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, supporting members on accessing Start Fund particularly for Anticipatory and Early Actions. 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.

For more information and to apply click here.

Closing date: Recruitment on a rolling basis.



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