Holborn, Greater London
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Start Network is made up of more than 50 aid agencies across five continents. Together, our aim is to transform humanitarian action. We're tackling what we believe are the biggest systemic problems that the sector faces. Problems including slow and reactive funding, centralised decision-making, and an aversion to change mean that people affected by crises around the world do not receive the best help fast enough, and needless suffering results. Our work focuses on three areas to change the system:

  • Localisation: shifting power to those closest to the front line for more effective response

  • New forms of financing: providing fast, early, and predictable funding to improve community resilience and preparedness

  • Collective innovation: sharing expertise, insights and perspectives to shape a more effective humanitarian system

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, indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC), and LGBT+ and non-binary candidates. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet our essential selection criteria. Our roles are open to discussion about flexible working. While our team is office based, home working is part of our culture. For part-time working and job-shares, please get in touch with us for a conversation about possibilities.


The key purpose of the role is to oversee and manage the risk and compliance team (part of Operations), ensuring adherence to regulations, including legal and donor compliance. You will provide a risk and compliance service to the senior management and wider team, including Hubs. Internally, you will hold responsibility for ensuring risk policies and processes are in line with our vision and values, as well as regulation. At a network level, you will work with colleagues to develop risk models and frameworks involving strategic, programmatic and operations risks. We are seeking someone who thinks innovatively and is not afraid to challenge the status quo.


Key Competencies

  • Influence stakeholders to address difficult or complex issues by listening to diverse perspectives, finding common ground and avoiding criticism or complaint

  • Generate and support implementation of ideas that have impact at organisational, network and/or humanitarian systems-level by promoting these ideas to relevant internal and external stakeholders

  • Provide leadership by inspiring and unlocking motivation in others across the network to lead and hold them accountable for the results

  • Create and promote a learning culture, authentically sharing own learning and supporting others to do the same at organisational, team and network level

  • Bring in best practice from a range of external sources to drive innovation to advance our work, connecting with diverse stakeholders and perspectives outside the sector

  • Identify opportunities and take calculated risks to capitalise on opportunities that further our purpose and mission without compromising our vision

Start Network Culture

  • To carry out the responsibilities of the role in line with the Start Network Code of Conduct and with a commitment to safeguarding adults and children

  • A commitment to the Start Network vision, principles, values and approach

  • The Start Network team is an agile group of individuals who use their experience and skills across the network, so flexibility to work in and with different teams and functions is a part of our culture


  • 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

  • Flexible working with options to work from home and remotely some of the time

  • Contributory pension

  • Life assurance equivalent of three times your salary

  • Family friendly policies, particularly maternity pay (21 weeks full pay)

  • Training and development opportunities for individuals and cross-organisationally

  • 25 days’ holiday, bank holidays plus 2 paid company days over the Christmas period



We work with Applied,an online recruitment platform designed to allow teams to measure candidates on what actually matters. Rather than relying on CVs and cover letters, Applied allows you to demonstrate your skills and abilities through competency based questions which are blind-reviewed by our team to avoid personal bias.

Closing date: 31st January 2021

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Start Network

Start Network is made up of more than 50 aid agencies across five continents, ranging from large international organisations to national NGOs. ... Read more

Refreshed on: 19 January 2021
Closed date: 31 January 2021
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