“Never a boring day!” - Business development in Zambia

Our Young Expert Bram de Vries is a Young Expert, who is working as a Business Developer of VDS A'campo/Holland Greentech in Zambia. Bram has written a blog about his activities and his life as Young Expert!

Changes in YEP team members

As from April 1st, there will be some changes in the YEP-team.

Applying knowledge from YEP trainings in your daily work!

Nice interview with our Dutch Young Expert Bram de Vries about applying siklls, learned during the YEP trainings, in his daily work!

YEP mentor's day

On February 15th, the YEP mentor's day was organised at Mott MacDonald, where all mentors of new Young Experts met and were introduced to their new tasks as a YEP mentor.

Launched: YEP Effect 3

New release: YEP Effect no. 3 has been published!

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 15 May

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (15th batch):

1 May 2018

Preparatory training course

Training of the 14th batch starts on 12 March 2018
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Pieter van Schaik - YEP Agrofood at VDS A’campo in Rwanda

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

Project submission

- next deadline for submitting project proposals is 1 May 2018 -

Please download the newest version of the application form here!



Step 1
Check criteria and write a proposal

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.

Step 2
Decide selection method for Young Experts
Please note: your organisation must conduct the selection process for local Young Experts.
There are two ways to submit a project proposal: without a candidate, or with a preferred candidate. If you are submitting a project that employs a local Young Expert, the proposal should always include a preferred candidate. Therefore your organisation should conduct the selection process for these projects. If you are submitting a project proposal that employs a Dutch Young Expert, this is optional. If you submit a project proposal without a candidate, the Programme Bureau will select candidates through their own selection process.
Step 3
Submit proposal

Your final proposal can be sent to 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

Step 4
1st check by YEP Programme Bureau: complete proposal and in compliance with criteria

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.

Step 5
2nd check by YEP Programme Bureau: qualitative assessment of proposal

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.


Step 6
Proposal approved? Next steps

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.


Step 7
Finalising submission process
Upon making the decision for a Young Expert or after the approval of the preferred local or Dutch candidate, the contracts will be created and signed. After finalising the contracts, the Programme Bureau will transfer 95% of the funding. Upon completion of the YEP project (after 1 or 2 years), the remaining 5% will be transferred.