Here are some new opportunities for Africans, brought to you by Ayiba, in conjunction with Opportunity Desk.

United Nations Young Professionals Programme 2016

Deadline: July 19, 2016

The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative for talented, highly qualified professionals to start a career as an international civil servant with the United Nations Secretariat. It consists of an entrance examination and professional development programmes once successful candidates start their career with the UN.

The YPP examination is held once a year and is open to nationals of countries participating in the annual recruitment exercise. Each year, countries that are un- or under-represented in the United Nations, are invited to take part in the Young Professionals Programme.


  • You must have the nationality of a participating country;
  • You must hold at least a first-level university degree relevant for the exam subject you are applying for;
  • You must be 32 or younger in the year of the examination;
  • You must be fluent in either English or French.

Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change 2016

Deadline: August 19, 2016

Young people are invited to tell the world how they are shaping a more sustainable future by entering the second annual Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change. The competition, which is being run by Television for the Environment (tve) and is part of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Action for Climate Empowerment and Momentum for Change initiatives, will culminate in a high-profile awards ceremony in November 2016 at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco.

Eligibility: Open to young people between the ages of 18 and 30.

Transnet Bursary Scheme for South African Students

Deadline: July 31, 2016

Transnet Bursary Scheme is aimed at assisting young South Africans make their dreams come true. Full-time bursaries are awarded annually according to the employment needs of the company. All the full-time students are viewed as potential employees – depending on vacancies being available after successfully completing their qualifications.

Students should study at a South African University of their own choice who offers the relevant fields of study.

  • Industrial Engineering (Ref no: 60000173);
  • Metallurgy (physical) (Ref no: 60000170);
  • Electrical Engineering (heavy current) (Ref no: 60000167)
  • Electronics (Ref no: 60000171);
  • Mechanical Engineering (Ref no: 60000169);
  • Civil Engineering (Ref no: 60000175).

2016-2017 Commonwealth Scholarships for Masters Students

Deadline: June 30, 2016

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is a unique programme. Since its establishment in 1959, it has provided opportunities for over 30,000 citizens of all Commonwealth countries to study in other member countries. Following the establishment of the CSFP endowment fund in 2009, a new strand of Commonwealth Scholarships located in low and middle income countries is available.

Applications are now open for Masters scholarships for courses beginning in early 2017 in: Papua New Guinea, South Africa, South Pacific, Sri Lanka.


  • Applicants must be a citizen of any Commonwealth country other than the host country.
  • Applicants must hold a first degree of upper second class standard (or above) in a discipline relevant to that in which study is proposed.

UNESCO Free Online Course-Global Systems Science & Policy

Deadline: June 6, 2016

UNESCO is collaborating with Future Learn to provide a free online course on “Global Systems Science and Policy”. This 2-week course is aimed at anyone interested in how new scientific approaches can support policy.

Course Details

This free online course will help you understand the four main elements of Global Systems Science, and how they can work together to create better formulated policy with better outcomes:

  1. Policy at all levels, from individuals to the world.
  2. The new, interdisciplinary approach.
  3. Data science and computational modelling for policy makers.
  4. Citizen engagement.

2016 Monash South Africa LEAD Fellowship Programme

Deadline: June 30, 2016


Monash South Africa (MSA) is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the MSA LEAD – Leading Entrepreneurs for African Development, a fellowship program for young social entrepreneurs. The program identifies and supports young social entrepreneurs across South Africa, while strengthening the regional youth social innovation sector as a whole. Fellows participate in advanced training during a weeklong workshop covering topics such as leadership development, project management, and communications, as well as ongoing learning and mentoring opportunities throughout the fellowship year.


  • Open to young social entrepreneurs between the ages of 16 – 29 years old;
  • Applicant must be a legal resident, visa holder, or citizen of South Africa;
  • Applicant must be able to read, write and speak English fluently;
  • They must be the founder or co-founder of a social venture based in South Africa and must be currently involved in the activities of the venture;
  • Venture must be able to show at least six months of impact in the community by June 30, 2016
  • They must be avialable to participate in a one-week trainign in Johannesburg in late November or early December 2016, and willing to participate in one year of follow-up activities after the training.


Road to Nairobi 2016 For Youth Entrepreneurs

Deadline: Varies with country

Supported by Building Bridges Foundation, ‘The Road to Nairobi 2016′ project will e foster youth empowerment and employment in 8 African countries (South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya). Road to Nairobi bus tour begins in South Africa and ends in Kenya over 100 days period. In each country, the country team and the core team will tour the country for 10 days, meeting 10 pre-selected youth entrepreneurs from across the country, on the ground and discussing some of the challenges they have faced as youth entrepreneurs in the business environment in their country as well as some enabling factors.

In order to apply you need to match the following criteria:

  • You must be between 15 and 35 years old.
  • You must be a national or a resident of the following African countries:South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda or Rwanda.
  • Your business must be up and running. The Road to Nairobi 2016 project is not for great ideas or business plans – you must have already started and be able to prove it!
  • Your business, invention, or social project can be in any field or industry (science and technology, industry, agriculture, water, etc.).
  • Individuals who apply must be one of the founding members of the business.

Orange Social Venture Prize 2016 | Africa & Middle East (Up to 55,000 EUR in Grants)

Deadline: September 21, 2016

Applications are now open for the Orange Social Venture Competition organized by the Orange Group. The Orange Social Venture Prize rewards entrepreneurs developing products or services that use ICT in an innovative way to meet the needs of people in Africa or the Middle East in fields such as health, agriculture, education, energy, industry or trade.


  • Any entrepreneur (aged 21 or over) or legal entity that has been in existence for fewer than three years at the time of the competition may participate at no cost and with no restriction on nationality.
  • Submitted projects must be designed to be deployed in at least one of the African or Middle Eastern countries in which Orange operates (listed below)and must use information and communications technology in an innovative way to help improve the living conditions of the populations in these countries.
  • Eligible countries includes: Botswana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Mauritius, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Liberia, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Tunisia and Jordan.


SOTU Africa Journalist Competition 2016

Deadline: May 31, 2016

The State of the Union Coalition (SOTU) calls out for submissions of articles from journalists working in the 10 African countries SOTU has membership; Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Tunisia. The competition is open to African journalists reporting on Human Rights and Governance issues in the print and digital media.

The State of the Union Coalition (SOTU) is a coalition of civil society organizations working together to advocate for the ratification, domestication, and implementation of African Union (AU) instruments (i.e. treaties, policy frameworks and standards).


  • The competition shall be open to all print media journalists who are citizens of AU member states and who are based in Africa and whose publications are published in AU member states.
  • The competition is open to all bona fide practising journalists from Africa who must be African Citizens.
  • The articles must make reference to at least 1 of the 14 SOTU focus AU legal instruments & policy standards. Refer to them on;
  • Entries must be in the 4 select African Union languages; i) English ii) French iii) Portuguese and iv) Arabic

Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education 2016

Deadline: July 15, 2016

The UK based charity, Teach A Man To Fish now invites applications for the 2016 Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education. The competition is a way to reward organizations that contribute to Africa’s growth and development through an entrepreneurial approach to education and training. The aim of the Awards also include changing the attitudes of young people so that they begin to leave the education system as the job creators of the future rather than job seekers.

  • The competition is open to all organizations with a focus on education located in one of the 55 African countries for which awards are available (see below).
  • Entries can be submitted on behalf on another organization – e.g. by non-African NGOs on behalf of their local partner / office – however prize monies and conference travel bursaries must be claimed by and used for the benefit of, the Africa-based organization itself.
  • The full list of African countries for which awards are available is as follows:
    • Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic of the), Congo-Brazzaville (also known as Republic of the Congo), Côte d’Ivoire (commonly known as Ivory Coast), Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe