Start Fund Programme Officer (5631)

  • Division:
    Global Programmes
  • Department:
  • Team:
    START Network
  • Location (Role):
  • Contract Type:
    Fixed Term Contract / Internal Secondment
  • Full / Part Time:
  • Contract Duration:
    12 months
  • Salary Range as Per Pay Policy (Start of Zone 1 to Mid-Point of Zone 2) :
    £26,690- £31,400

We are looking for an experienced and committed individual to join us as a Start Fund Programme Officer in the Start Network for 12 months.

The Start Network is made up of more than 50 aid agencies 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.

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
  • Competency in a second language, preferably Spanish, French 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.

Remote Working:

The majority of SCUK employees are currently working remotely within the UK in line with UK Government guidance. Commencing July 2021 we will transition to flexible and hybrid ways of working (i.e. a mixture of remote/home and office-based working) as social distancing restrictions ease.

We are happy to discuss flexible working options at interview.


Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: 

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. 

To see our full statement please visit this link:



Jobs are positioned within the salary structure on the basis of evaluation. New employees would normally be appointed at the bottom of the grade, however the appointed salary may also take into account the relevant experience a candidate brings to a role. Save the Children is committed to paying staff in a fair and equitable way and will benchmark all salary offers in line with the pay of existing staff.


Save the Children UK has a comprehensive benefits package. To see our full offer please visit this link:


Interview expenses: Candidates should note that unfortunately it is not our policy to reimburse expenses accrued when attending interviews at Save the Children UK unless you are requested to attend an interview in an alternative location to where the role is based.


Pre-employment Checks: Any Employment with Save the Children UK will be subject to the following checks prior to your start date:


  • a satisfactory police record check to include a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and/or an International Criminal Record Check (If applicable)
  • receipt of satisfactory references
  • proof of eligibility to work in the national location for this role


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