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.


Employ a Young Expert; submit your proposal before October 11th

Join YEP Programmes and submit your proposal for a Young Expert position now!

New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

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
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Ruth Wijland - YEP Water at Wereld Waternet in Mali

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

Project submission

Next deadline for submitting project proposals: 11 October 2020


Please note, in case you are submitting a project proposal for Kenya or Ethiopia, your project should comply with the Multi-Annual Country Strategy of the country. For more information, please visit the Countries page.



Step 1
Check criteria and write a proposal
New organisations: please contact the YEP programme bureau before submitting a project proposal, we would like to meet you (in person, or by mail/telephone/Skype/etc.) in advance!

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 45 points out of 60. 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.