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.


Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October

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

Bezawit Adane Demisse - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Ethiopia

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


Sep 25, 2018

The career of YEP alumna Meskerem Ritmeester

After concluding her time in YEP, being a Young Expert at Fair & Sustainable in Ethiopia, Meskerem Ritmeester became the Country Network Coordinator of AgriProFocus in Ethiopia. To learn more about effectively supporting her team, she recently joined the Leadership and People Management Course by MDF. Lisa Freiburg, another YEP alumna, trained her in on these skills!


Meskerem shared her experiences about this training in an article on MDFs website.



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