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:

Registration Open To Participate In The 2020 Farming by Satellite Prize

The Farming by Satellite Prize rewards young innovators exploring the use of satellite technologies to improve agriculture and reduce environmental impact. Applications for the 2020 Prize open 16 March.

Kicking off its 5th edition, the Farming by Satellite Prize is designed to encourage young professionals, farmers and students in Europe and Africa to create new, sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions using Copernicus, EGNOS and Galileo. A total Prize pool of €10,000 is up for grabs in 2020 with prizes distributed among the top three European applicants as well as the best idea submitted to the Special Africa Prize. Returning this year, the Special Africa Prize encourages young Africans to seek satellite-based solutions for their agricultural needs.

How does it work?

Each team nominates a leader to register their team and idea on the application platform. Once registered, teams can start on their applications and return to the platform to keep working on their ideas until the deadline of 15 June. All applications will then be evaluated, and the top finalists will be selected to continue to the deep dive phase. This next phase will see teams submit a pitch deck to compete for the chance to travel to the live pitch and award ceremony event. Two phases, live pitching, and €10k up for grabs.

Who can participate?

Individuals or teams of up to four people are invited to register online between 16 March and 15 June 2020. All team members must be under the age of 32 by the submission deadline and be a citizen or resident of a European or African country. All applicants must be at least of 18 years of age by the date of application submission deadline.

The prize

1st place  – €5,000
2nd place – €3,000
3rd place  – €1,000

Special Africa Prize  – €1,000

And an expenses-paid trip to participate in the final stage of the competition, and the Award Ceremony. A group of expert judges will review every idea.

Event Date (estimated)
1 Announcement of Contest 16 March 2020
2 Deadline Open Call (First Phase) 15 June 2020
3 Announcement of the results of Open Call (First Phase) 30 June 2020
4 Deadline Deep Dive Phase (Second Phase) 30 September 2020
5 Announcement of the Deep Dive results 16 October 2020
6 Final step – Live Pitches & Awards Ceremony November-December 2020

Click Registration Open To Participate In The 2020 Farming by Satellite Prize to apply and get further information.

BMZ Offers Financial And Technical Support To Public & Private Companies

develoPPP.de was set up by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) over 20 years ago to foster the involvement of the private sector in areas where business opportunities and development policy initiatives overlap. To this end, BMZ offers financial and technical support for companies that want to do business or have already begun operating in developing and emerging-market countries. The company is responsible for covering at least half of the overall costs.

At every stage, your company will work with one of the two official partners commissioned by BMZ to implement the programme on its behalf: DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

develoPPP.de CLASSIC – Development partnerships with the private sector

BMZ can support your company’s innovative projects and commercial investments in developing and emerging-market countries provided that they offer long-term benefits for the local population.

Projects typically cover a wide range of sectors and themes – from training local experts and piloting innovative technologies and demonstration units to protecting value chains and improving manufacturers’ environmental and social standards.

Target group
Companies with project ideas that offer potential development benefits and do not simply constitute an investment in their actual core business.

Between EUR 100,000 and EUR 2 million of public funding on top of your company’s own contribution (≥ 50%)

Minimum annual turnover: EUR 800,000
Minimum number of employees: 8
At least two years of audited financial statements

Up to three years

Click BMZ Offers Financial And Technical Support To Public & Private Companies to apply and get further information.

NewSpace Systems is Hiring A Design Engineer & Product Support Engineer; Apply

NewSpace Systems, the product development, and manufacturing aerospace engineering company in Somerset West is looking for a Design Engineer & Product Support Engineer to work in Somerset West, Western Cape, permanently.

DESIGN ENGINEER (Somerset West, Western Cape 7130, Permanent)

A permanent position for a design engineer to take responsibility for new electro-mechanical product design, development,  and verification on various projects working within a multidisciplinary team.


· B.Sc/B.Eng degree in Engineering (preferably electronic, mechanical or mechatronic) from a recognized institution.

Experience (ideally within aerospace or defence industry):

· High-reliability electronic product design, realization, and environmental testing
(>3 years)

  • Schematic creation and simulation (>3 years) (preferably Altium Designer)
  • Embedded software development (>3 years) (C, C++)
  • Mechanical design (preferably Solid Works)

Additional knowledge areas that would strengthen the application

  • Masters Degree
  • Optical/Optomechanical system design
  • Python programming and realization (>3years)
  • FPGA development (VHDL based) (>3 years)
  • Thermal and/or structural analysis
  • Project Management (MSProject or other)

PRODUCT SUPPORT ENGINEER (Somerset West, Western Cape 7130, Full-time, Permanent)

A permanent position for a product support engineer to take responsibility for the industrialization, support, customization, and improvement of Company’s products and processes.


  • BSc(ENG), BEng, BTECH in Mechatronics Engineering (or Electrical and Electronic) from a recognized institution

Experience (ideally within aerospace or defence industry):

  • At least 1-3 years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience in electronics hardware design (Preferably in Altium Designer)
  • Good knowledge of analogue and digital electronics.
  • Embedded software development, integration, and testing. (C/C++)
  • Working knowledge of python.
  • Mechanical design and manufacturing methods are required

(Preferably in Solid Works)

Click NewSpace Systems is Hiring A Design Engineer & Product Support Engineer; Apply to apply and get further information.