YEP

The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, is to offer young Dutch and local professionals the opportunity to take their first steps in an international environment. They are employed through Dutch organisations in a number of eligible countries. The programmes aim to rejuvenate the Water & Agrofood sectors and ensure the continued availability of expertise for these sectors.

The YEP Programmes are carried out jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.

NEWS

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 19 August

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts


Alexander de Ruijter - YEP Water at Arcadis Nederland B.V. in Vietnam
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Click here for an overview of all YEP projects at Akvo RSR

What & why

The Young Expert Programmes consist of YEP Water and YEP Agrofood. The main goal of both programmes is to offer young Dutch professionals the opportunity to gain experience abroad and to offer young local professionals the opportunity to gain experience with working in an international environment through Dutch organisations.

 

YEP Introduction video

 



 

The YEP Programmes offer viable opportunities for young professionals, as well as for the Dutch water and agrofood sectors. The number of young professionals in both sectors that have international experience is steadily declining across The Netherlands and most of the world, whereas the Netherlands has a reputation to uphold for its water management and inventiveness. At the same time, the importance of the food sector for sustainable development in Low & Middle Income Countries is on the rise, and the challenges regarding water management are ever-growing. Therefore, the programmes strive to assure the continued availability of international professionalism and expertise in the water and agrofood sectors.

 

The deployment of Young Experts is strongly related to one or more of the following themes of the Dutch development cooperation policy:

  • efficient water management, in particular in the agricultural sector
  • improved river basin management and safe estuaries
  • access to safe drinking water and sanitation
  • eradicating of existing hunger and malnutrition
  • promoting of inclusive and sustainable growth in the agricultural sector
  • creating of ecologically sustainable food systems

Dutch companies, knowledge institutions and social organisations that are involved in the policy for, and implementation of, development cooperation activities outside the Netherlands can submit a project proposal for the deployment of a Young Expert. The period of deployment is a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 2 years.

 

During their programme the Young Experts receive intensive training and coaching as part of the learning agility approach. With a focus on self awareness, the Young Experts identify opportunities for professional development and personal growth, to be able to focus in their work on change, stakeholders and results.

 

YEP Tailor-made offers organisations the opportunity to purchase YEP's unique training and coaching programme, without making use of the financial support. This is suitable, for example, for organisations and programmes that are already funded by the Dutch government and, therefore, cannot receive additional financial support from YEP Programmes. 

 

The YEP Programmes are carried out jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.