Farringdon, Greater London

£33,000 pa


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Job Description

2 years Fixed Term Contract

We are looking for an experienced and committed individual to join us as a Start Fund Programme Officer in the Start Network. The Start Network is made up of more than 40 aid agency members across five continents, ranging from large international organisations to national NGOs. Our 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.  Our work focuses on three areas to change the system:

  • Localisation – shifting power to those closest to the front line to enable more effective and appropriate responses.
  • New forms of financing – providing fast, early, and dependable funding, to help communities to become more resilient to crises.
  • Collective innovation – testing new ways of working and sharing learning and expertise to build a more effective humanitarian system.

The Start Network is currently hosted by Save the Children (StC) UK and is working towards moving into a newly-created independent charity in 2019.  This role is planned to transfer from StC UK to the independent Start Network charity in 2019.  The Start Network will be a new type of organisation, in future forming a dispersed secretariat that supports the global membership.  The Start Network will draw on member capacity to manage programmes – for example the Start Network’s ‘Start Fund’ will continue to be managed by StC UK as ‘grant custodian’.

As Start Fund Programme Officer you will work with a wide range of stakeholders  within the Start Network and Start Platform. You will also be responsible for project and team administration, such as processing of disbursements and record keeping of all project documents. You will support reporting, project compliance and escalate complaints and incidents. Furthermore, you will:

  • Provide support to the Start Fund Committee representatives and humanitarian personnel world-wide, in the decision-making processes
  • Implement the Start Fund, while identifying ways on which the programme could be improved from an operational perspective
  • Support MEAL colleagues to capture data accurately, analyse learning and emerging patterns to enable effective monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Represent the Start Fund and other Start Network initiatives internally and externally

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 are essential as is:

  • Experience in organising events and engaging varied stakeholders in complex issues
  • Proven skills in developing proposals and budgets, and in reporting
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with stakeholders at different levels
  • A second language, preferably Spanish or Arabic.
  • Demonstrable experience of collaboration, including forging and maintain effective new relationships and partnerships, often across organizational boundaries

At Save the Children we are committed to the safeguarding and protection of children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work with children are recruited to work for us. This post is subject to a range of vetting checks including a criminal records disclosure.

Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. If you share our mission, are passionate about making it happen and strongly believe you can contribute then join us and we'll give you every opportunity to succeed. We look forward to hearing from you.

Closing date: 13th January 2019