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.


Feasibility Study YEP Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

At this moment, a fesibility study is being carried out to investigate the added value of a YEP Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (YEP SRHR).

Evaluation YEP Programmes

Currently, YEP Programmes is being evaluated by Ecorys. We would appreciate your full cooperation, in order to continue YEP Programmes, hopefully with an extension to other sectors!

“Never a boring day!” - Business development in Zambia

Our Young Expert Bram de Vries is a Young Expert, who is working as a Business Developer of VDS A'campo/Holland Greentech in Zambia. Bram has written a blog about his activities and his life as Young Expert!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 15th batch starts on 17 September 2018

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (16th batch):

15 October 2018

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 5 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Jasper van den Brink - YEP Agrofood at The Blue Link in Kenya

Click here for an overview of all YEP projects at Akvo RSR

YEP Team

Programme Bureau

YEP is implemented by a Programme Bureau. The YEP Programme Bureau coordinates the implementation of the programme and manages the funds. The NWP acts as the Programme Bureau's lead agency.


The Programme Bureau of YEP consists of a total of 3,6 FTE. All of the team members are partially involved in YEP, as well as in other development activities at NWP and Agriprofocus.



The Programme Bureau's main duties are 1) the management of the programme, 2) the development and implementation of a training and coaching plan for Young Experts, 3) the YEP alumni network, and 4) the recruitment and selection of the Young Experts.


About us
YEP Water is carried out jointly in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs departments – the Inclusive Green Growth Department (IGG) and Personnel and Organisation Department (HDPO) – and the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP)
YEP Water runs from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2017.


YEP Agrofood is carried out jointly by a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs departments – the Inclusive Green Growth Department (IGG) and Personnel and Organisation Department (HDPO) –, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform
YEP Agrofood runs from 1 June 2015 to 31 December 2019.


YEP Water and YEP Agrofood combined form Young Expert Programmes (YEP).


Parties in the Dutch water and agrofood sector
YEP meets the water and agrofood sectors' need for Young Experts who have acquired international experience. The seconding organisations not only invest in young talent that can be deployed within their organisation, but also assist in the development of a network for the future and the creation of a pool of talented professionals and, ultimately, increase the sustainability of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ approach to selected development cooperation and the number of opportunities available for cooperation. The water and agrofood sectors and  the government make joint investments in the training of Young Experts.


The parties in the Dutch water and agrofood sectors which take part in the programme (the organisations) assist YEP by making their expertise available for courses and providing facilities for training and on-site visits.


Steering Committee
The Steering Committee supervises the YEP Programme Bureau. The Steering Committee is comprised of five members:

  • An independent chair: Mr J. Oomen, Consultant
  • A representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Mr P. van der Male, Senior Policy Officer Water Management at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • A representative on behalf of the water sector: Ms J. Le Poole, Director of Max Foundation
  • A representative on behalf of  the agro & food sector: Ms S. Vlakveld, Consultant at Global Cassava Consultancy
  • A representative on behalf of young professionals: Mr S. de Wildt, junior hydrologist at Acacia Water, alumnus Young Expert
The Steering Committee supervises the allocation of grants in accordance with the partnership’s regulations. The Steering Committee supervises the Programme Bureau's performance of its duties and issues recommendations on the efficient and effective implementation of the programme.