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External Engagement and Advocacy Officer: Start Network (London, UK) – Deadline 7th May

By 24/04/2023

Job Title: External Engagement and Advocacy Officer
Sector: Advocacy
Location: London, UK
Term: Full time
Salary: £29,631.00 – £31,113.00
Other: Roles are open to discussion about flexible working.


Are you looking to join a team seeking to bring change in the humanitarian sector and support Start Network to position themselves in the centre of high-level influencing spaces to advocate for a more locally led, innovative and proactive system. If so, Start Network has an exciting opportunity for an External Engagement and Advocacy Officer to join the team!

The role will focus on supporting the Advocacy team to build and maintain relationships with different stakeholders and be a creative thinker to help strengthen our advocacy, policy, and campaigning activities to unlock new and exciting opportunities. The role will also support in representing Start Network in key working groups and research and advise on new opportunities relevant to the organsation.

We are looking for someone who can manage multiple deadlines and have a proactive attitude. Being a highly motivated is a must to help create and manage relationships at different levels both internally and externally. Experience within the humanitarian, development and/or human rights sector with a passion to make a difference in the sector is key! If you are interested in this role, we’d love to hear from you.


Start Network is a global membership of over 80 organisations, working across six continents, to tackle what we see as the biggest systemic problems in the global humanitarian system. Start Network is an independent charity. We also work with Save the Children UK, which acts a grant custodian for Start Network.

Start Network’s vision is for a locally led humanitarian system that is accountable to people affected by and at risk of crises. We aim to achieve this vision by making system-level shifts in how humanitarian assistance is approached and delivered.


WE PUT PEOPLE FIRST: communities come first in our decision-making and programming.
WE ARE BRAVE: we have great ambition and are willing to explore new things and 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.
WE ARE ETHICAL: we behave and operate based on key principles of anti-racism, non-discrimination, and anti-colonialism. This is a work in progress.


• Being a part of a network involved in bringing change to the humanitarian sector.
• Hybrid working with options to work from home and remotely to support your work/life balance
• Employee Assistance Programme through LifeWorks
• Family friendly policies, e.g., flexible working, maternity policy, parental leave and more!
• 25 days’ holiday (if UK based) plus 2 company days over the End of Year period for all staff.

We have plenty more benefits on offer! For more details regarding our Staff Benefits, please get in touch


Our roles are open to discussion about flexible working. For part-time working and job-shares, please get in touch with us before putting in an application.

Start Network is committed to protecting people, particularly children, at-risk adults and affected populations from any harm. We are also committed to safeguarding staff from any forms of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and abuse of power as outlined in the Dignity at Work policy. 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 encourage applications from disabled, BAME, LGBTQ+ and non-binary candidates. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet our essential selection criteria set out in the Person Profile.


Please contact the People and Culture Team if you have any questions or need support with your application. Please email us using

We use Be Applied, our online recruitment platform which uses anonymised applications and predictive, skill-based assessments which are blind- reviewed to reduce bias.

Closing date: Sunday 7th May, 11.59pm

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive a high number of applications and we may review candidates on an ongoing basis, so please apply early where possible to avoid disappointment.

Any offer of employment will be conditional subject to relevant checks. Please refer to our privacy candidate privacy notice regarding treatment of your data. Start Network also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. The core of the scheme is that participating organisations share information about safeguarding-related misconduct (i.e., sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment) that a candidate has been found to have committed during employment, or incidents under investigation when the candidate left employment. For more information regarding this scheme, please visit their website:

To find out more about this opportunity, please visit the Start Network website.