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.

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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!

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

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Application

Below you will find the newest YEP-positions, for which you can apply until August 28th, 13:00h. These positions are only open for Dutch Young Experts, local Young Experts are selected through the selection process of the specific companies.

 

Please read the following information carefully before submitting your application

 

Please note that if you apply in this round, you are required to attend the training weeks should you be selected for a YEP position. Therefore, remember to only apply if you are able to attend the training weeks. You might be selected for the training weeks in batch #18 from 25 November - 13 December 2019. A full overview of the application periods and training dates for 2019 can be found here.

 

Application and selection process

The project positions include a link to the application form, where you also should upload your CV (max. 2 pages) and a motivation letter (1 page). The motivation letter (in English) should explain your motivation for this position, as well as your motivation for joining YEP Programmes.

 

Speeddate session

After the initial selection based on your CV and motivation letter, you might be invited to the speeddate session in the morning of 6 September, so save this date. After the speeddate session you might be presented to organisations for a specific project, be added to the YEP pool of potential Young Experts, or not admitted to YEP. If you are presented to an organisation, and they choose another Young Expert, you will usually be added to the pool of potential Young Experts. This means you have passed the selection process and you might be matched with future YEP positions. It is important to note that the Programme bureau cannot guarantee a position in the YEP Programmes once you are included in the candidate pool: this depends on the projects available and whether they fit your profile and preferences. Therefore, a proactive attitude towards securing a YEP position is encouraged.

 

Open applications

We prefer receiving your application for a suitable project position: this gives you the best change to be matched with a YEP position. However, in case the current project positions don't match your CV, you can send an open application (until the closing deadline). For an open application we also require your CV and motivation letter.  In this case, the motivation letter solely explains your motivation for joining YEP. Please be as detailed as possible during your application, so include any preferences for, and previous experiences in countries, as well as any language skills.

 

After a first selection on CV and motivation letter, you might be invited to the speeddate sessions as well (see ‘speeddate session’ above). Please note however, that candidates applying for specific project positions will get priority, and there is a chance the speeddate sessions will already be filled with these applications.

 

Current vacancies

Below you will find the current vacancies for which you can apply (Dutch nationals only!):

 

YEP WATER POSITION MDF Training & Consultancy BV – Bangladesh, Dhaka

Position: Trainer and Consultant

Country: Bangladesh, Dhaka

Project Title: Capacity Strengthening and skills development in the private, public and civil society’s water and agricultural sectors

Duration: 2 years


Introduction Organisation:


In Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, MDF Bangladesh has started its operation in 2014. With the unique and quality training and consultancy services, MDF has been supporting water and sanitation, food security and other sectors to achieve sustainable social impact. MDF is very much interested to further build onto the water and agrofood sectors in Bangladesh

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YEP AGROFOOD POSITION – MACAMPO BV – Benin, Cotonou

Position: Business Developer

Location: Benin, Cotonou

Project title: Holland Green Tech Benin; developing the next step of horticulture in Benin by offering superior inputs and services to farmers in Benin

Duration: 2 years


Introduction Organisation:


MACAMPO / Holland Greentech (HGT) Benin is looking for a business developer based in Cotonou. HGT is a company, established and registered in Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and Kenya, that offers quality inputs and services in the horticultural sector. Our suppliers are premium horticultural brands; RijkZwaan (hybrid vegetable seeds), Rivulis (irrigation solutions), Robinson (basic greenhouses), Bosman van Zaal and Hoogendoorn (advanced greenhouses), Klassmann-Deilman (substrates), Koppert (B-IPM) and Agro Cares (soil analysis). We offer our clients a business case in horticulture and work on the next step of horticulture in Africa (www.hollandgreentech.com).

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YEP AGROFOOD POSITION – ICCO Central Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office – Ethiopia, Addis Ababa

Position: Learning and Knowledge Sharing Advisor

Country: Ethiopia, Addis Ababa

Project Title: Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS)

Duration: 1 year


Introduction Organisation:


ICCO is a Dutch-based organisation for international development cooperation with 50 years of experience and regional office in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. ICCO connects, promotes, and strengthens the work of local civil society organisations (CSOs), producer organisations, medium enterprises (SMEs), national/multinational companies and governments. In short: ICCO helps farmers and their businesses grow. The focus is on food and nutrition security, entrepreneurship, access to finance and new technologies for marginalized communities with a focus on women and youth. ICCO has worked in Africa since the 1960s. The Central, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (RO CESA) is located in Uganda. This office develops and implements programmes in the following countries: South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Madagascar.

Read more “YEP AGROFOOD POSITION – ICCO Central Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office – Ethiopia, Addis Ababa”

YEP AGROFOOD POSITION – Fair and Sustainable – Kenya, Nairobi

Position: Consultant

Country: Kenya, Nairobi

Project Title: Consulting and Project Implementation Services in Agriculture and Rural Development

Duration: 2 years


Introduction Organisation:


Fair & Sustainable Consulting (F&S) is a consultancy firm and social enterprise. F&S’s mission is to assist people in developing countries to improve their livelihoods and increase their income. We work with organisations and companies active in developing countries, who acknowledge the need to build long term partnerships to assure a sustainable use of resources and a fair distribution of benefits.

F&S offers consultancy services in four related areas of expertise: programme management (including monitoring, evaluation and learning), value chain development, inclusive finance and responsible business/CSR. We are experienced in the ‘Value Links’ methodology and in the ‘Market Systems Development’ approach, known as ‘Making Markets Work for the Poor’ (M4P).

F&S has a team in the Netherlands of 20 consultants and a subsidiary in Ethiopia with another 12 employees. In order to increase the capacity in the countries we work, F&S is aiming to extend its network by establishing new branches, franchises or joint ventures.

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YEP AGROFOOD POSITION – Akvo Foundation – Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou

Position: Project Officer

Country: Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou

Project Title: Data Informed Decision-Making for Agriculture Improvement in West Africa

Duration: 2 years


Introduction Organisation:


Akvo believes that sustainable change will happen faster if governments and non-governmental organisations become more effective, accountable and collaborative. With a team of data and development experts, an open source data platform and a proven methodology, we help governments and non-governmental organisations power their decisions to achieve inclusive and sustainable impact. We support the improvement of water, sanitation and agriculture management and have a strong commitment to accelerating the progress of the sustainable development goals.


Our headquarters in Amsterdam develops the Akvo global strategy, guides Akvo software development and offers financial, HR and marketing support. It has very good links to the Dutch international development sector, particularly in WASH and agriculture. As a result, Akvo Netherlands is involved in various international programmes (DGIS and non-DGIS) that are being implemented in West Africa

Read more “YEP AGROFOOD POSITION – Akvo Foundation – Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou”

YEP Water and Agrofood – Open Application – Den Haag

With an open application, you can apply for a position in the candidate pool of the Young Expert Programmes Water and Agrofood. For an open application we also require your CV and motivation letter. In this case, the motivation letter explains your motivation for joining YEP. Please be as detailed as possible during your application, so include any preferences for, and previous experiences in countries, as well as language skills.

Read more “YEP Water and Agrofood – Open Application – Den Haag”