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.


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When applying for roles at Start Network, please complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form.



  • Request for Proposals | Anticipation Research and Strategic Advisory Support Consultancy

Start Network is looking for a consultant to work with a third-party research organization and Start Network team members to support a quantitative and qualitative research project on anticipatory action. The consultant will also support Start Network’s Crisis Anticipation and Risk Financing team members developing a MEAL strategy and will support Start Ready’s risk pool activities.

Deadline: 16 March

Find out more and apply.

  • Senior Programmes Fundraiser (Bangladesh and Nepal)

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Programme Fundraiser to join Start Network to support our Bangladesh and Nepal programmes. Based in UK, this is a critical role within our Resource Mobilisation Team, focusing on raising new income for the two programmes, while providing an excellent donor experience to existing funders. Both of these nationally led contingency funds are part of Start Network’s flagship programme, Start Fund, and are currently supported mainly by the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The role will support the management of relations with FCDO for these programmes while driving the diversification of funding to other institutional donors and private funding such as corporates, trusts and foundations to ensure sustainability. The postholder will also focus on donor mapping, writing proposals, pitching to donors, donor event planning, and ongoing donor engagement and donor reporting. 

We are looking for candidates who have significant experience of high value fundraising within the humanitarian/development sector. Candidates should have experience working with institutional donors such as FCDO, and experience in new business development, bid writing and donor reporting. Candidates must be excellent communicators, both oral and written, and able to build relationships across international and remote-working teams and with potential donors. This role is offered on a full-time, 2-year fixed term contract with a competitive starting salary from £36,300 pa.

For more information and to apply click here.

Closing date: Sunday 13th March 23.59 GMT



  • 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.

  • Request for Proposals | HOST FOR START FUND NEPAL – PHASE II

In 2021, the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) provided Start Network with one year of pilot funding to launch a national Start Fund in Nepal. Based on a model that has proven impact as a national contingency funding mechanism in Bangladesh. Organisations convened through a series of workshops, ultimately launching a fund that combines common ‘Start Fund’ features with a nationally-led approach to governance and decision-making.
Following a successful one-year pilot phase, we are in late-stage discussions with FCDO about a continued funding partnership to deliver the programme across a further two years (2022-2024). Start Network is now seeking proposals from applicants who are able to evidence the necessary experience, skills, and capacity to deliver a high quality, value for money service to host the Start Fund Nepal throughout Phase II (i.e. April 2022 through to March 2024).
The successful agency will have the requisite authority to operate in Nepal, as well as the capacity to support the Start Fund Nepal team to deliver the programme. Applicants submitting a proposal should already be a member of the Start Network and be registered as an International NGO.

The deadline for submission is Monday February 21st, 2022 – 12:00am (UK); 05:45 (Nepal) 

Read more information and apply here.

  • Request for Proposals | Pay Policy Review and Salary Survey Implementation | March - June 2022

Start Network aims to pay its staff fairly and equitably in line with the international charity sector. To support this, Start Network is looking for a consultant or consultancy who will support us to review our Pay Policy and support the implementation of a salary review.  

We are looking for a consultant with the following skills and qualifications:

  • Significant Human Resource Management experience specialising in Pay and Reward, including having designed pay and reward policies and implemented salary surveys
  • Experience of working in the charity sector, and particularly in a global context
  • Advisory experience

The deadline for submission of bids is 23.59 on 13 February 2022

Read more information and apply.

  • Senior Innovation and Learning Manager – Permanent and Full-time

We have an opening for a Senior Innovation Learning Manager within Start Network, a critical role within our Innovations team that provides support to our Start Network hubs so that they can build the capabilities and practices necessary to support impactful and durable community-based humanitarian innovation within hub teams. The post holder will be required to ensure that collaborative learning systems are put in place across the team and will support learning and evidence-based adaptations of approaches to constantly evolve and improve our approach. This will include managing financial support to the hubs, coordinating technical support and ensuring that relationships with the hubs and hub members are effective, open and transparent. It will also include supporting collaboration across the hubs, building a collaborative innovation community of practice.

We are looking for candidates who have gained a breadth of experience within the global humanitarian sector or similar, who possess a strong working knowledge of implementing innovation process techniques and approaches in a variety of different settings, with experience of supporting teams in diverse and dispersed global locations.

For more information and to apply click here.

Closing date: 20th February 23.59 GMT


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