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.


New release: YEP Effect no. 2

New release: YEP Effect no. 2, which can be combined with an supplementary sheet with our annual report 2016!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 12th batch starts on 2 October 2017

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (12th batch):

3 July 2017

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 24 July
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Minne Bosma - YEP Water at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. in Bangladesh

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


Below are the most frequently asked questions, and the answers. If your question is not listed here, or if you want to receive further information that is not listed on the site, you are always welcome to contact us.




I want to make a request for placement of a Dutch Young Expert. What should I do now?

A full page with information and the necessary forms on making a request can be found here, which includes all of the relevant documents necessary before submitting a proposal.


Does the candidate need to be Dutch?

There are two possibilities to employ a Young Expert. Organisations can employ either a Dutch Young Expert, or a local Young Expert. The Dutch Young Expert must always have the Dutch nationality, and they are expected to be fluent in both English and Dutch. The Dutch Young Expert can be stationed in any of the countries that are eligible from grants from the Dutch Good Growth Fund, which can be found on this page.

It is also possible to employ a local Young Expert. This Young Expert should always have the nationality of the country where the project is based (e.g. a Kenyan national in Kenya and a Colombian national in Colombia). The same list of eligible countries applies. All of the Young Experts must be fluent in English. More information on the criteria can be found in the guidelines.


Can I apply for a Young Expert position in a project financed by the Dutch government (e.g. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, RVO)?

It is important that the organisation's contribution to the Young Expert position is not funded by the Dutch government: this must be arranged by the organisation or the local counterpart organisation. It is possible that the project itself is financed by the Dutch government, as long as the YEP position is funded by other means.


Must the applicant organisation necessarily be a Dutch organisation?

Yes, the organisation making the request must be registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel).


How should I arrange for the training of the local Young Expert?

The organisations have a great responsibility when it comes to the training of the local Young Experts. The organisations contribute at least € 2,500 to the training. The sort of training varies per position, but can take place in the form of effective supervision and training on the job. Additionally, the local Young Experts should preferably participate in joint or specific training. When it is clear where the Young Expert will be stationed, further attention should be given to the possibilities of  joint training components.


Will the local and Dutch Young Experts work together?

The YEP programme aims to have both local and Dutch Young Experts working together on the same project, if that is possible. Submitted project requests that pair Dutch and local experts together will receive a bonus during the assessment of the requests.

It is however not always possible to pair Dutch and local Young Experts on the same project. If this is the case, Dutch Young Experts will be paired with local Young Experts via a buddy system, in which we attempt to connect as many Young Experts as possible within a particular region.


As a Dutch foundation, must we pay VAT on the YEP contribution?

No, an exemption is made: VAT is not payable. The same applies to invoicing between organisations, because the work takes place abroad.


I have applied for a YEP position for the duration of one year. Is it possible to extend this period with another year, after the first year?

Yes, the YEP position can be extended with another year after the first year.


Young Experts


As a Young Expert, will I be working together with a professional?

Yes, there will always be a professional to supervise you locally. This may be a Dutch or a local expert. You will also be assigned a mentor by the Dutch organisation. Moreover, a professional YEP coach is there to support you as well.


Once I successfully complete the recruitment and selection process, will I automatically receive a placement?

Following recruitment and selection, the YEP programme bureau will propose a few suitable candidates to the Dutch employers. It is possible that your profile does not match any of the available positions. If this is the case, your profile will be registered in a pool of candidates, and will be included in a following round of project requests. You will not automatically receive a placement, since this depends on the available projects.


Who will be my employer if I participate in YEP?

You will be employed by the Dutch company, and will therefore be covered by the terms of employment of this organisation. A special placement agreement will be added to your contract for the purpose of this placement.


Is it possible to apply before I have graduated?

No, unfortunately the criteria are fixed: you must have a diploma in a relevant university study (MSc/BSc/MA/BA) or relevant higher professional education study (Dutch HBO or equivalent) before you can apply for a position. Of course you can participate in the following round, once you have obtained your diploma. A full list of the criteria can be found here


How does the assessment work?

An individual assessment will be held. You will take tests, for example, but you will also be interviewed by a psychologist and will play role games. This results in a personal advice to help you recognise your development points. The purpose of the assessment is to gain insight into the potential of candidates, and to assess whether candidates are capable of working effectively during their international placement.


Where can I find the vacancies?

The vacancies are posted online three times a year. During this time it is possible to apply for any of the vacancies, or submit an open application. You can find an overview of relevant dates here


Can I send in an open application?

It is possible to submit an open application three times a year, whenever new vacancies are posted online. During this time you can submit your application here. This only applies for potential Dutch Young Experts, local Young Experts must pass through the selection process of the organisation first.


I do not have specific water or agrofood training, is it still worthwhile applying?

Yes, it certainly is! There are different types of projects, so we certainly do not only need technical Young Experts. However, you must be strongly motivated in your wish to participate, as the type of placements vary per round. Whether you will be able to find a position depends on the type of projects that are available.


What is the minimum/maximum duration of a Young Expert position?

The minimum duration for a YEP position is one year, and the maximum is two years.