The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water, YEP Agrofood, YEP Energy and YEP Tailor-made, 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 and renewable energy 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), the Food & Business Knowledge Platform and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.


Apply now: new YEP positions online!

We are looking for Dutch candidates for 7 new YEP positions!

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 21):

10 May 2020

Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Bart Malaba - YEP Water at Larive International in Kenya

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


Below you will find the newest YEP positions, for which you can apply until April 1st, 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 #20 from 15 June - 3 July 2020. Due to the coronavirus/COVID-19, the training weeks might be rescheduled to 21 September - 9 OctoberA full overview of the application periods and training dates 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 sessions

After the initial selection based on your CV and motivation letter, you might be invited to the (online) speeddate sessions on 17 April, so save this date. After the speeddate sessions 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

In batch 20, there are positions available for YEP Agrofood and YEP Water. YEP Energy positions will be available in batch 21.


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


YEP Water Position – Waterschap Aa en Maas – Ghana, Accra

Position: Project Manager Blue Deal Ghana

Country: Ghana

Project Title: Blue Deal Ghana

Duration: 1 year


The aim of Blue Deal Ghana is to have impact on: 1) Awareness-raising and transfer of knowledge on an improved approach to water management 2) the improved approach has been translated into official plans and policies. 3) the implementation of the improved water management or policy has had a noticeable effect on the inhabitants of the control area. The program focusses on three items: clean, sufficient and safe water. In the first four years of the program we will start around the city Bolgatanga in the North of Ghana with improving the governance and implementation of the existing IWRM plan, thereby focusing on sanitation, the well-functioning of the Vea dam and the effects of the Bagre dam in Burkina Faso on livelihood in Ghana. A second area is the Lower Volta Delta with a focus on the implementation of a river basin board (RBB) for the Volta Delta with relevant stakeholders. The establishment of a River basin office that supports the RBB will lead to the coordination, development and implementation of an Integrated Water Resources Management Plan for the Lower Volta Basin. In this office bundling of capacity, knowledge of the Water management, executional capacity and funds to finance projects must be available. The Keta lagoon is one of the pilot areas to be worked out.

Read more “YEP Water Position – Waterschap Aa en Maas – Ghana, Accra”

YEP Water Position – Waterschap Zuiderzeeland – Ethiopia, Addis Ababa

Location: Ethiopia, Addis Ababa

Project title: Basin Plan Implementation

Position: Young Expert on Basin Plan Implementation

Duration: 2 year(s)


DWA (lead: Zuiderzeeland) coordinates the implementation of the Blue Deal Awash Partnership Program (APP) in Ethiopia. Main local partner is the river basin authority for the Awash basin (Basin Development Authority / Awash Basin Development Office, BDA/AwBDO). One of the three APP three projects is basin plan implementation.

Read more “YEP Water Position – Waterschap Zuiderzeeland – Ethiopia, Addis Ababa”

Yep Agrofood Position – Q-Point BV – Kenya, Nakuru County

Location: Kenya, Nakuru County

Position: Junior Consultant Value Chain Management

Project title: Value chain management and business incubation in agro and food chains in Kenya

Duration: 2 year(s)


Q-Point is an independent Dutch consultancy firm working for the Dutch and international public and private sector. Q-Point is specialised in consultancy projects for agro food businesses (from producer to retailer), donors and public institutions. Q-Point has a broad experience in food safety (GlobalG.A.P., BRC, IFS, GMP+), traceability, integrated quality management (ISO), value chain management & analysis and market/business development (e.g. development, coordination and project management of international value chain projects). Currently Q-Point is involved as the leading firm in four (4) ongoing (Nuffic NICHE/OKP) capacity building projects in Kenya in the field of agro and food value chains and business incubation.

Read more “Yep Agrofood Position – Q-Point BV – Kenya, Nakuru County”

YEP Water Position – Aquaquest LTD – Zambia, Lusaka

Location: Zambia, Lusaka

Project title: Improve sustainable groundwater use for irrigation in light of climate change

Position: Water Development Proffesional

Duration: 2 year(s)


Aquaquest is an upcoming Zambian consultancy company in the field of water resources investigations, mapping and development. Aquaquest assists local communities (rural and urban), public institutions, farmers, mining companies and development projects in Zambia with surface and groundwater resources assessments, hydrogeological and geophysical surveys, sustainable water supply development, drilling supervision, pump and aquifer testing, and water resources monitoring and management.

Read more “YEP Water Position – Aquaquest LTD – Zambia, Lusaka”

YEP Agrofood Position – Bio Food Products – Kenya, Nairobi

Position: Logistics & Project Manager

Project title: Logistics Optimization

Location: Kenya, Nairobi

Duration: 2 years


Bio Food Products is Dairy Processor of a wide category premium dairy products in Nairobi, Kenya. Since the company was acquired by The Blue link in 2016, the organization quadrupled their production volumes in the last four years. It is Bio’s mission to produce the cleanest, healthiest and best tasting dairy products for its customers, whenever and wherever they want them. They plan to continue their fast growth and establish an even stronger dairy value chain in which all stakeholders from “grass to glass” will benefit and continue to grow their businesses and communities.

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YEP Agrofood Position – ICCO Central Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office – Rwanda, Kigali

Position: Learning and Knowledge Sharing Advisor

Country: Rwanda, Kigali

Project Title: Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS)

Duration: 1 year


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 a nd 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 – Rwanda, Kigali”

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


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

Read more “YEP Water Position – MDF Training & Consultancy BV – Bangladesh, Dhaka”

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, Agrofood and Energy. For an open application we also require your CV and motivation letter. In this case, the motivation letter explains your motivation for joining YEP in particular.

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”