Atlas Corps Fellowship for Operations & Human Resources Professionals

Priority Application Deadline: May 31, 2022

The Atlas Corps Fellowship engages global professionals committed to social impact in 12-month US-based or 14-month Blended Fellowships where they serve with organizations in the U.S. to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global leaders. For more information about the Fellowship and the benefits of participating, visit programs.atlascorps.org.

Atlas Corps is now accepting applications from operations and human resources professionals to be considered for Fellowships beginning in late 2022 and 2023. Fellows will serve at mission-driven organizations to support, develop and improve operational frameworks, procedures, and processes in the areas of talent management, human resources, strategic planning, knowledge management, operations, and supply-chain/logistics. These Fellowships will also support the Atlas Corps mission of strengthening U.S.-based organizations by enabling a Fellow to contribute their international experience and expertise to organizational operations. Candidates may use their skills and expertise in the following areas:

General Operations: Researching new policies, protocols, and procedures, revising existing operations manuals, contributing to a strategic planning process, supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, managing relationships with vendors that provide services to the organization, supporting the maintenance of a physical/virtual office environment, and administering internal communication systems.

Human Resources: Developing and implementing best practices in talent acquisition and management, engaging in the planning and execution of employee professional development and training programs, supporting employee relations and internal communication efforts, managing employee benefits, and enhancing training manuals and how-to guides for new hires and current employees.

Knowledge Management: Conducting literature reviews on best practices, supporting the dissemination and utilization of knowledge products such as case studies and one-pagers, assessing and addressing current learning and knowledge gaps through existing & new data, evidence and knowledge, facilitating processes of knowledge sharing across departments, and creating presentations and webinars that promote reflection on organizational successes and failures.

Supply Chain Management & Logistics: Supporting the procurement lifecycle for purchase orders and contracts for services and goods, handling logistics such as warehousing and transportation, supporting coordination between local stakeholders for supply chain management technical activities, providing technical insight for strengthening national supply chains, developing new supply chain policies, and analyzing supply chain data.

*Please note: the above descriptions are only examples and not intended to be a comprehensive overview of this skill area. The Fellows’ role and daily responsibilities vary from organization to organization. Before accepting a Fellowship role, candidates will be given a position description and directly interview with an organization to help determine whether or not a Host Organization placement is a good match for their skills, experience, and professional development goals.

Opportunities to Connect with Atlas Corps Fellows Globally

Fellows will also participate in the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab professional development series to develop their leadership skills and engage in networking opportunities with Atlas Corps Fellows from around the world. There is also the opportunity to participate in group cultural activities such as a D.C. Monuments Tour, sporting events, U.S. holiday celebrations, and more. In addition to building connections with peers during the Fellowship, alumni will also join the Atlas Corps network of 1,200+ rising leaders from 112+ countries.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

Candidates for this fellowship must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
  • English proficiency (oral, writing, reading);
  • Age 35 or younger when the Fellowship begins;
  • Citizens from most countries (except the U.S.) are eligible to apply to the Fellowship. Please see information on current country restrictions here;
  • Commitment to return to your home country after the 12-month US-based Fellowship or 14-month Blended Fellowship;
  • Commitment to addressing critical social issues in your country or region;
  • Commitment to living on a basic stipend that covers food, shared housing, and local transportation;
  • Received a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization by the program start date;
  • Two years of professional experience implementing and managing operational processes in one of the following areas: human resources, supply chain and logistics, knowledge management, or general operations.
Desired Eligibility Criteria

Soft Skills

  • Organizational and time management skills;
  • Detail-oriented;
  • Multi-tasker with the ability to manage multiple processes simultaneously;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to comfortably work with people from across the globe, as well as an ability to work with different working styles; and
  • Flexibility, open-mindedness, and tolerance for uncertainty and risk.

Functional Areas

  • Knowledge Management: research skills in conducting secondary research and literature reviews, working knowledge of data visualization tools, content creation expertise, facilitation or communication dissemination.
  • General Operations: strategic planning experience, workflow coordination experience, project management certification, working knowledge and proficiency in the use of software tools and platforms.
  • Human Resources: performance and office management experience, general knowledge of HR practices such as staffing, employee wellness, onboarding, HR certification, recruitment software, talent acquisition expertise, and training experience.
  • Supply-Chain Management and Logistics: technical understanding of the procurement and supply chain process, report-writing experience, financial management experience, and data analytics skills, especially in Power Bi, Excel, and Sharepoint.

*Please note: Applicants do not need to possess all of the desired eligibility criteria. However, competitive candidates for this opportunity will meet some of the preferred eligibility criteria.

Application Process

Does this sound like the right opportunity for you? Applicants interested in an Operations & Human Resources Fellowship should go through the same online application process as other applicants for the Atlas Corps Fellowship. Visit apply.atlascorps.org to learn more and start your application now for Fellowships beginning in late 2022 and 2023. The deadline to receive priority consideration for a Fellowship is May 31, 2022.

Reviewed the eligibility requirements above and want advice on whether your professional background is the best fit for this opportunity? Before applying, email your resume to apply@atlascorps.org with the subject “Operations and Human Resources Fellowship” and we’ll let you know if you should apply or not. Please note that you MUST have two years of relevant work experience and be 35 years or younger to apply.

If you are not eligible for this initiative, learn more about other priority areas at programs.atlascorps.org.

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Want more details on the Fellowship? Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. If your question isn’t answered there, please email apply@atlascorps.org.

Meet our Operations & Human Resources Fellows

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Nigeria (Host: Charter Cities Institute)
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Ethiopia (Host: United Way Worldwide)
Ifeoma Ologwa
Nigeria (Host: Open Government Partnership)


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