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.



  • Start Ready Governance committee

Join the Start Ready Governance committee!

At COP26 last month, we launched Start Ready - a new global financial service that will provide pre-agreed funding at scale for predictable crises like droughts, flooding and heatwaves. Using finance principles of ‘risk pooling’ to make funds stretch further, data modelling to anticipate disasters before they strike, and local humanitarian action to ensure the most vulnerable can be reached, Start Ready will help to protect up to 4 times more people than before.

Please get in touch by 24 of January if you are interested in joining the Governance Committee of Start Ready, which will be formed in early 2022. We will be actively seeking representatives from local and national members, who know about disaster prediction and modelling, financial probability modelling, and/or who have experience in early action, anticipation, and forecast-based financing. We look forward to hearing from you – even for an exploratory call if you want to learn more before committing.

For more information click here.


  • ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - Request for Proposals: Supporting Start Network to develop organisational agility and adaptive capability

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to put this work on hold for a short period. Updates will be posted here when they are available.

  • Head of Finance

We are looking for a talented and qualified Head of Finance who will lead our finance team, shaping its work to respond to the changing needs of a dynamic organisation.

With a recognised finance qualification, you will be responsible for leading the function, ensuring it is a trusted partner delivering an exceptional financial service to internal and external stakeholders. You will identify and adapt best practices and innovations from within the sector to enable the Start Network to meet its needs as it evolves. You will ensure that we are well positioned to take on more grant funding and develop new and innovative financial products. This is an outstanding opportunity for someone to shape and lead our finance function, making an important and lasting contribution to the sector.

Please note that for this role candidates from underrepresented groups (BIPOC, LGBTQ+, etc.) are highly encouraged to apply.

To find out more and apply.

Closing date: We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis and we reserve the right to close applications at any time based on a satisfactory number of applications received



  • Fundraising Officer (Resource Mobilisation)

We are looking for an exceptional Fundraising Officer to join our Resource Mobilisation team on a full-time basis. The Fundraising Officer will support donor engagement activities across Start Network’s programmes, working with colleagues across the organisation to identify donor prospects, produce compelling presentations, draft concept notes and funding proposals aligned to donor priorities, support engagement of existing donors, coordinate events, and improve and implement grant administration processes.

Start Network is working with a growing number of committed institutional donors and large trusts and foundations. The role will provide a unique donor engagement experience for these existing donors, as well as scaling-up our efforts to secure funding from new sources. By providing support across the Resource Mobilisation team, as well as support for our external communications and events, this role will gain insight into the full breadth of Start Network’s programme and funding portfolio.

For more information about this role and to apply.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 16th January 23.59

  • Operations Officer

This is an exciting time to join Start Network in this new role in our Operations Team, an opportunity to work closely with all our teams, Hubs and local members.  We are looking for a talented operational professional with a passion for project management and strong administrative skills. The Operations Officer will also contribute to the effectiveness and impact of our work by being responsible for reviewing, updating, and maintaining operational policies and procedures and supporting staff to use them, whilst ensuring that these align the organisation to work on behalf of our members.  

For more information about this role and to apply

Closing date for applications: Sunday 30th January at 23.59



  • Request for Proposals | Financial Systems Solutions Architect Consultancy | February – April 2022

Start Network is aiming to create an efficient, agile, scalable and transparent network, through integrated technology platforms, technology-enabled processes and by promoting a digital culture.   

During this period of transformation, Start Network is looking for a consultant or consultancy who will support us to reimagine and redesign our financial systems.  The focus will be on scoping and procuring a finance system or suite of systems that meets the needs of the current charity structure and is scalable, adaptable and interoperable with future systems across the network.  

We are looking for a consultant with knowledge of leading finance technologies and products and experience of finance platform architectures, from blueprint to solution design and implementation.

The deadline for submission is 23.59 on 25th January 2022

Read more information and apply

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