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.
Click here for an overview of all YEP projects at Akvo RSR
If you have passed the self test and the position is in compliance with the basic YEP criteria, draft your project proposal. More information can be found in the Guidelines for organisations.
Your final proposal can be sent to email@example.com. Proposals can be submitted throughout the year, however the assessment and rating of the proposals occurs three times a year. When submitting, make sure that you have attached all of the necessary documents to the proposal to prevent any delay of your application. After you have submitted your proposal, you should receive a confirmation of receipt within 48 hours. If you have not received a confirmation of receipt, please contact the YEP Programme Bureau.
The YEP Programme Bureau will check whether the proposal is complete and meets the basic requirements set by YEP. The Programme Bureau will give feedback to the organisation within 10 calender days after the deadline for project proposals. Applicants are granted 7 calendar days to supplement incomplete project proposals. Please note that incomplete proposals that are not supplemented in time are not processed further.
You will receive notification if your proposal is in compliance with all of the criteria and requirements. Three times a year, after the deadline, the YEP Programme Bureau uses four qualitative assessment criteria to assess the proposals that meet the criteria. Proposals need to be awarded a minimum of 105 points out of 145. These criteria can be found in the guidelines for organisations.
If your proposal is approved, contracts will be drafted and signed with the YEP Programme Bureau. Hereafter, either:
1. Matchmaking will take place between the organisation and potential Young Experts by the YEP Programme Bureau. The organisation will ultimately make the decision for the candidate. Click here for more information on the selection process of the YEP Programme Bureau.
2. The Programme Bureau will (Skype)-interview the submitted preferred local and Dutch candidates to approve them into YEP. The Programme Bureau must give their approval for the candidate in order to officially approve them as Young Experts.
The training weeks for all of the Young Experts will commence approximately 2-3 months after the set deadline for applications.