Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Organization: Start Network
Closing date: 28 Apr 2022

The Business Development Lead is responsible for raising new income for Start Fund Bangladesh (SFB) and Start Fund Nepal (SFN), while providing an excellent donor experience to existing donors, currently the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). In addition, the role is responsible for diversifying the donor portfolio to other institutional donors and private funding such as corporates, trusts and foundations to support sustainability. This will include donor mapping, writing proposals, pitching to donors, donor event planning, and ongoing donor engagement and reporting. The role is also responsible for maintaining donor relations, supporting donor compliance and ensuring timely and accurate donor reporting.

The role reports to the Head of Resource Mobilisation (based in London) and works closely with the Country Leads for SFB and SFN.

Key Responsibilities

Business Development

Develop a plan for diversification of funding, in consultation with SFB, SFN, the Resource Mobilisation Team, and other parts of the Network as necessary

Identify key geographic target markets for SFB and SFN and prospect donors in those markets and develop a clear strategy for the donors in those markets
Organise donor round table/prospecting events
Draft and submit proposals in cooperation with SFB and SFN Managers
Support the SFB Country Manager to secure the new FCDO business case
Engage FCDO in the process of developing this new business case, making sure they are invested in this new stage of the programme

Marketing Materials

Develop standard business case materials for SFB and SFN
Work with the SFB and SFN teams to develop a series of case studies (impact stories) for sharing with donors
Develop slide decks aligned to the strategic objectives of donors
Support, as required, the development of additional communications products including brochures and website content

Reporting and engagement of existing donors

Support the SFB and SFN teams with ongoing engagement of existing donors, maintain relations through regular update calls and correspondence
Work closely with SFB and SFN teams and the Start finance team to ensure that donor requirements are met in programme implementation
Work with SFB and SFN teams to submit timely donors’ reports, ensuring compliance to donor guidelines
Work closely with Start Network finance team to make sure timely, accurate financial reports following donor guidelines are submit
Support the planning and execution of donor visits as required

Support country level donor engagement

Provide leadership, advice and support on donor engagement and positioning to team in Bangladesh and Nepal
Work with country teams to lever donor intelligence and insight
Support SFB and SFN Managers and team with prospecting calls and approaches


Essential Skills & Experience

We are seeking candidates who bring a combination of skills and experience in the following:

Track record in securing large and/or complex tenders or grants institutional donors – Preparation of donor bids and proposal writing
Donor grant management
Donor relationship management
Donor grant reporting
Strategic thinking
Building relationships with international and remote-working teams
Identifying opportunities and taking calculated risks to capitalise on opportunities that further our purpose and mission without compromising our vision
Inspiring and motivating others by creating passion around our vision and focus, connecting with humility and empathy, and showing openness and resilience
Actively promoting collaboration by spotting and breaking down barriers to siloed working, connecting colleagues, teams, and initiatives


We are tackling what we believe are the biggest systemic problems that the humanitarian sector faces. 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 see:

LOCALLY-LED ACTION: We believe that a more balanced international aid system, which shifts power to those closest to the front-line, will generate more effective and appropriate responses for people affected by crises.
NEW FORMS OF FINANCING: Our pooled funds enable fast and early action to tackle the kind of crises that are often overlooked by other funding mechanisms. Our risk financing pilots are introducing new ways of working that can save even more lives.
COLLECTIVE INNOVATION: New ways of working are needed to tackle the challenges we face. By innovating collectively, we can share expertise, insights and perspectives to shape a more effective humanitarian system.

For more information please visit our website.


Being part of a network bringing change to the humanitarian sector
Salary £36-40k per annum dependent on experience
Hybrid working with the expectation of being in the London office 1 to 2 days per week
Contributory pension
Life assurance
Family friendly policies
Learning and development opportunities
25 days’ holiday plus 2 company days over the Christmas period

How to apply:

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 set out in the Skills section.

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

To apply please fill in the application form via be applied here.

Closing date: Thurs 28th April 2022 23.59 GMT

Applications are being reviewed on an ongoing basis, so please apply early where possible. Please note we are only able to accept applications from candidates who are based in the UK and have the legal right to work.

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