Farringdon, Greater London
£48,000 - £54,000 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description


The job of Save the Children UK's Head of Start Funds is challenging but massively rewarding - providing huge opportunity to add value and truly make a difference!

  • Are you looking for role as the Head of Start Funds where you can really make the difference?
  • Do you experience in managing large complex programmes with strong understanding and knowledge of international humanitarian quality standards?
  • Are you experience in working in a dynamic and frequently changing environment, positively and actively managing change for you team and yourself?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn't just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!

 About Us

Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children's unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

The Start Network is an independent charity made up of more than 40 aid agency members across five continents, ranging from large international organisations to national NGOs. The network aim is to deliver more effective emergency aid, harnessing the power and knowledge of the network to make faster and better decisions to help people affected by crises. We advocate for radical change in the global aid system so that the world can deal better with the humanitarian challenges of today, and of the future. The position sits within Save the Children as a Grant Custodian on behalf of the Start Network.

About the Role

As Head of Start Funds you will oversee the performance of and be accountable for all existing fund management and future funding that may come via Save the Children on behalf of the Start Network. You will work with a wide range of stakeholders, implementing the strategy refresh and growing the Start Fund. In this dynamic and engaging role, you will have the opportunity to develop a new network of relationships and gain direct experience of matrix management approach. The broad portfolio of work you will cover will also give you the opportunity to grow in a variety of areas including donor relations, finance, performance management, compliance and fraud related investigations.

Key accountabilities

In addition to the above, you will:

  • Ensure strong relationships between the Start Network Platform and SCUK, implementing ways of working and information flows as per the Grant Custodian Agreement
  • Maintain strategic relationships with the Start Funds current donors and other key stakeholders in humanitarian financing
  • Provide leadership of Start Funds team, ensuring key objectives are in place and monitored across each team member
  • Review the funds' performance on a regular basis and proactively raise issues that arise where the performance is not in line with plans and expectations
  • Contribute to the Start Network Executive Team, contributing to the senior leadership and strategic direction of the Start Network.

Person profile

To be successful you will:

  • Have significant experience in managing large and complex programmes and a strong understanding and knowledge of international humanitarian programmes quality standards
  • Have experience in developing future/forward looking strategy in a changing environment and non-traditional settings
  • Have good knowledge of key humanitarian policy issues including financing, localisation and humanitarian principles
  • Be an effective leader, able to bring teams together and enable team members to work independently
  • Have experience of internal and external representation to donors, governments and other NGOs
  • Be a confident communicator with stakeholders at different levels
  • Have experience in planning and implementation of strategy across multiple teams in a relevant sector.

Ideally, you will have a post-graduate degree in relevant subject business management, humanitarian / development studies.

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

For more information and to apply please visit our website.

Closing date: March 18, 2021


Please note - whilst this role is advertised as office based, Save The Children UK will remain a remote-working organisation until at least 30 June 2021.

We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, LGBT+ and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds, as these are underrepresented at Save the Children UK.

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Refreshed on: 12 March 2021
Closed date: 18 March 2021
Tags: Intl Development, Senior Management