International Grants & Finance Officer

Start Network

  • Team: Operations
  • Grade: 3
  • Salary: £35,000-£39,000 per year
  • Location: London (Central) and remote working. All staff will be asked to come into the office at least two days a week at their own expense unless a flexible working contract has been agreed in advance
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 26th Sep 2021 BST

Job Description



This is an exciting time to join Start Network in this new role.  We are looking for a talented grant management professional with sound financial acumen and a passion for detail and deadlines, who can be responsible for the development of our grant management processes and procedures.  

Based in the operations and finance team, this is also an opportunity to work closely with resource mobilisation, programme and project teams across the global membership.    

The International Grants and Finance Officer contributes to the effectiveness and impact of our work by supporting the Finance, Operations and Resource Mobilisation teams to ensure sound financial, grant management, and administrative practices across Start Network.  

 The post holder will ensure that the financial and administrative systems and procedures for the programmes and budgets are of high quality and compliant with donor and legal requirements. 


  • Working knowledge of institutional and international donors, grant management; compliance and audit processes 

  • Proven ability to develop and manage complex budgets and financial systems  

  • Demonstrable experience of managing multiple deadlines requiring attention to detail  

  • Experience of setting up, coordinating and implementing admin and financial processes 

  • Experience of capacity building of colleagues and or partner organisations 

  • Experience of building relationships across diverse teams and geographies 

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to communicate complex technical issues and information  

  • Ability to draft and produce financial and budget narrative reports for colleagues and donors 

  • Intermediate skills in Microsoft Office 365, specifically Excel 


  • Knowledge of French, Spanish, or Arabic language is highly desirable 


Grant Management Reporting (40%) 

  • Work with fundraising and programme teams to ensure smooth running of donor preliminary assessments, start up and close out processes, 

  • Lead on the development of specific subaward grant processes where appropriate 

  • Work with resource mobilisation to set up systems and processes to ensure compliant, timely and accurate donor reporting  

Grant Administration and Training (20%) 

  • Working closely with the resource mobilisation team oversee grant management processes for Start Network including calendar and tracking procedures 

  • Act as point of contact for donor travel, security and event management support  

  • Act as point of contact for the resource mobilisation team for donor due diligence processes 

Financial and budget management (40%) 

  • Feed into the development of financial procedures for successful project implementation  

  • Support the finance team to ensure smooth payments to grantees and service providers  

  • Support preparation of team specific and project budgets as required for presentation to prospective donors and or governance committees  

  • Coordinate the availability of management reports for internal and donor reporting  

  • Monitor income and fund transfers from donors and where relevant grant custodians  

  • Reconcile financial reports for accuracy and expense coding in line with relevant systems and procedures 

  • Work with the resource mobilisation teams to support donor-related internal and external audit requirements 


You will be:

  • Able to convey complex information concisely to different audiences 

  • A Strategic Thinker   

  • Able to deliver results with awareness of impact on others internally and externally by considering the positions and perspectives of relevant stakeholders 

  • Be collaborative, a team-player

  • Actively promote collaboration by spotting and breaking down barriers to siloed working, connecting colleagues, teams and initiatives 

  • Be a Leader 

  • Be willing to share own expertise with others in the organisation and network, both formally and informally 

  • Be able to adapt and learn   

  • Balance the need to follow systems and processes with the courage, identifying when systems and processes do not align with the mission, suggesting alternatives 

  • Be action Oriented 

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 free access to communal space and onsite drinks 

  • 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 

  • Cycle to work scheme 


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

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 systemic-level shifts in the way humanitarian assistance is approached and delivered by: 

  • Shifting power and decentralising decision making to locally-led networks and organisations 

  • Creating a global humanitarian financing system that is increasingly focused on reducing risk, anticipating and acting ahead of predictable crises. 

  • Incentivising and informing innovative, contextual, and sustainable solutions for crisis-affected communities. 


Across all areas of our work, we aim to be the change we want to see, working to uphold the following principles and expecting the same from our staff, hubs and members:  

  • We put people first: the communities we serve come first in our decision-making and programming 

  • We are brave: we have great ambition and are willing to explore new things and are willing to 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 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 

We are committed to protecting people, particularly children, at-risk adults and affected populations from any harm that may be caused due to their encountering the Start Network as well as responding effectively should any harm occur.   

We are also committed to safeguarding staff from any forms of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and abuse of power as outlined in our Dignity at Work policy.   

 We embrace diversity, promote equality of opportunity and eliminates unlawful discrimination.  We are an equal opportunities employer and treat every application on merit alone.  Start Network particularly welcome applications from disabled, black, indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC), and LGBT+ and non-binary candidates and 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. 

Please note that we reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

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  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

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