Weekly Round-Up Of Space And Astronomy Opportunities For Africans

Our Friday weekly round-up curates opportunities that are still open for application. The Opportunities portal aggregates job vacancies, internships, scholarships, calls for abstracts, fellowships, contests, exchange programmes and other opportunities that are available to Africans who are interested in space and astronomy. Simply put, it’s an aggregator for space and astronomy-related opportunities for Africans.

Have you missed any opportunities this week? Check out the weekly round-up below:

Apply to Work with SANSA as a SHEQ-L Manager

The SANSA Space Operations Directorate in Hartebeesthoek has a vacancy for a SHEQ-L Manager to be filled by an individual with relevant skills, competencies, and qualifications.

Reporting to the Managing Director, the candidate will maintain ISO 9001:2015 (Quality), ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental) and ISO 45001:2018 (Health and Safety) Compliances and Standards, ensure operational efficiency and effectiveness. Manage divisional Health, Safety, Quality, and Logistics.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Manage the SHEQ and Logistics office
    • Budgeting
    • People management
    • Maintain relevant ISO standards for certification
    • Audits
    • Reporting
  • Maintain SHEQ/Logistics Policies, Procedures and ensuring that:
    • Implementation and monitor of SHEQ Management System inclusive of strategy, risk, and compliance are implemented and maintained.
    • Manage, maintain and ensure compliance to ISO standards and regulations at the division to ensure certification is maintained
    • Maintaining the Directorate legal register
  • Maintain risk register and conduct risk assessments.
    • Identify and assess risks
    • Provide and implement risk remedial interventions
    • Identify and implement Best Practices within Risk and Compliance
    • Ensure auditability of all processes
  • Assess training needs and develop programs to address health, safety, risk and compliance gaps.
    • Conduct New Employee Awareness training on SHEQ, Risk, and Compliance.
    • Communicate all SHEQ and Logistics principles and standards.
    • Provide and monitor that all Personal Protective Equipment is managed effectively
    • Maintain and ensure employee’s health and safety for the division.
    • Coordinate and manage Medical Examinations and injuries on duties where required
    • Communicate all Health and Safety principles and standards

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A minimum of three years Diploma or Degree in Health, Safety, Quality, and Environment.
  • Engineering qualifications will also be considered.
  • SAMTRAC Certificate or similar.
  • Implementation courses on (ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001:2018) certificates will be advantageous.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in related industry as SHEQ Manager.
  • Accreditation, knowledge, and experience in ISO 9001/14001/45001 is essential.
  • Must have an in-depth understanding of and the ability to interpret SHEQ related legislations and company – standards.
  • Computer literate (MS Office, Inventory software, Legal compliance software, vehicle tracking system, and SAGE)
  • A valid drivers’ license

Closing Date: 20 March 2020

Click Apply to Work with SANSA as a SHEQ-L Manager to apply and get further information.

Apply To Participate In The GEO–Google Earth Engine Programme

Academic researchers and Universities from any Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Member country who have a project that requires using Earth observation data to address social or environmental challenges are called to submit a proposal for the Group on Earth Observations – Google Earth Engine Programme.

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has partnered with Google to offer 25 licenses for the sustained use of Google Earth Engine (GEE) for projects using Earth observation data to address global challenges related to climate change, sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, and others. These licenses, valued up to US$3 million, aim to empower the public sector and commercial recipients to tackle significant societal challenges and improve understanding of our planet.

This offer is for a commercial-grade license to use GEE free, for 2 years, and extends to proposals coming from the private sector. For non-profit educational and research institutions, this type of arrangement is already free.

However, this offer goes beyond the typical research arrangement in that it includes the sustained use of GEE in a production environment. In other words, the workflow may be used in a regular, operational manner during the 2-year period to inform decisions that the organization or its customers are taking, rather than in a one-off, research or evaluative manner. Thus extended flexibility in terms of what may be done operationally with GEE is possible with this programme.

Who can apply?

Both non-profit and for-profit organizations, government agencies and research institutions associated with GEO are eligible to apply to use GEE for projects approved under this Programme, at no charge, for a 2-year period. GEO is an intergovernmental partnership comprised of Member Governments. Individuals who are not members of GEO can apply, but your country must be a member. For a full list of GEO Member countries, click here.

Deadline: March 15, 2020.

Click Apply To Participate In The GEO–Google Earth Engine Programme to apply and get further information.

Register For ActInSpace Contest 

Students, young ICT innovators and owners of startups are invited to participate in this year’s ActInSpace event, an international innovative contest meant to motivate youngsters to meet challenges based on space applications and technologies, data, patents and infrastructure to launch start-ups and innovations as well as unleash their entrepreneurial capabilities.

ActInSpace contest is specifically designed for students, but open to everyone. The objective is to encourage start-up creation and promote the use of space technologies and space acquired data to change citizens’ lives, to boost employment and to protect our planet.

Furthermore, it presents an opportunity for participants worldwide to work on creating business prospectives for the challenges using patents, technologies and satellite data made available by partners of the contest, to create start-ups. The challenges are based on high-level technologies, which are easy to re-use because they have been selected due to their potential for commercial applications. The contest is also a platform for young people to be coached, advised and encouraged by top technical and business experts.  

The winners of the ActInSpace contest will receive prizes, with the grand prize being a Zero-G Airbus A310 parabolic flight. However, the main goal is to reach solutions ready to launch start-up companies. 

For ActInSpace participants in Nigeria, the challenge application was released on February 29, 2020. Applications should be submitted online. Successful applicants will meet at the national finals in April 2020 in Abuja. The winner or winning team will represent Nigeria at the grand finale in France, in June 2020.

ActInSpace became a global event in 2018. The contest took place on May 25-26 2018 in 32 countries and 54 cities. ActInSpace has over 3,300 entrants in its third edition with 2,200 participation on one day of the event with more than 550 teams working for 24 hours on one of the 80 challenges set. This year’s event will take place in 50 countries, 92 cities with 447 selected applicants participating in 21 challenges.

ActInSpace is organized in collaboration with CNES, European Space Agency(ESA), Airbus and others.

Click Register For ActInSpace Contest to register and get further information.


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