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.


Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 21):

10 May 2020

Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 27 May

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

Khin Myat Thu - YEP Water at Arcadis Nederland B.V. in Myanmar

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

Planning 2020-2021

Below, you will find an overview of the planning of the next new batches, as well as the planned return trainings.
For new batches, please note that a 1,5 hrs MBTI feedback meeting in the Hague -the Netherlands- will be planned in the week prior to the training weeks for Dutch Young Experts. For local Young Experts, this feedback meeting will take place in the first week of the training programme.

Batch 20 (YEP Water and YEP Agrofood)

Deadline application of project proposals
1 March 2020*)
Job application through website
23 March - 1 April (before 13:00h)
Speed date job interviews
17 April (online)
Young Experts' training programme
15 June - 3 July**)
*) for YEP Water and YEP Agrofood. YEP Energy proposals can be submitted in batch 21 (10 May 2020)
**) Due to the coronavirus/COVID-19, the training weeks might be rescheduled to 21 September - 9 October

Batch 21

Deadline application of project proposals
10 May 2020
Job application through website
27 May - 7 June
Speed date job interviews
26 June
Young Experts' training programme
26 October - 13 November*)
*) Tentative date, due to the coronavirus/COVID-19)

Batch 22

Deadline application of project proposals
11 October 2020
Job application through website
28 October - 8 November
Speed date job interviews
27 November
Young Experts' training programme
1 - 19 February 2021

Batch 23

Deadline application of project proposals
7 February 2021
Job application through website
24 February - 7 March
Speed date job interviews
26 March
Young Experts' training programme
14 June - 2 July

Return Training Batch 17

6 - 18 September 2020

Return Training Batch 18

22 November - 4 December 2020

Return Training Batch 19

10 - 22 January 2021
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