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

Max Heeg - YEP Water at Max Foundation in Ethiopia

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

Selection process

Dutch Young Expert

Step 1
Submit motivation letter and CV; either for a position, or an open application

The first trajectory of the selection process starts when you submit your CV (max. 2 pages) and motivation letter (1 page)*. At least two times a year, you can apply for positions, which are posted on the YEP website. It is then also possible to submit an open application; the initial procedure is the same for both. 


* The motivation letter should explain your motivation for the position, as well as your motivation for joining YEP. The project positions will include a link to the application form. 

Step 2
YEP programme bureau assesses submitted CVs
The YEP Programme bureau will assess the submitted CVs based on the selection criteria, which can be found in the guidelines. The most suitable candidates will be invited for the next step.
Step 3
Speed dating session
After the initial assessment the YEP Programme Bureau hosts a speed dating session with approved candidates, where you will be individually assessed on your knowledge, motivation, communication skills and other topics through a series of short interviews. After this session you will receive feedback and the programme bureau decides whether you will be added to the pool of potential candidates, matched with a proposal, or rejected.
Step 4
Potential Young Experts are suggested to the organisations
After the speed dating session, the YEP Bureau matches potential Young Experts with project positions.
Step 5
Organisations choose the best suitable candidate
Usually multiple potential Young Experts are suggested for a position, and the organisation will choose the best suitable candidate. They usually conduct additional interviews in order to choose.
Step 6
You are included in a pool of potential Young Experts
If you have passed the speed dating session, but could not be matched with a project, or if the organisation chose another Young Expert, you will usually be added to the pool of potential Young Experts. This means that you do not have to pass the selection process again, and you will receive the new positions before they are posted online. The YEP Bureau may use this pool to match projects with potential Young Experts, but you should always re-apply for specific positions. It is important to note that the Programme bureau cannot guarantee a position in the YEP Programmes once you are included in the candidate pool: this depends on the projects available and whether they fit your profile and preferences.


Dutch Young Experts: It is also possible to be suggested for a project as a preferred candidate. In this case, you first pass the selection process of the Dutch organisation, after which you will be assessed by the YEP Bureau.



Local Young Expert

Step 1
Approach/be approached by a Dutch organisation to create a YEP position
Recruitment of local Young Expert candidates occurs initially through the selection process of the organisation submitting the application. You should therefore approach Dutch organisations to employ you, or be approached by a Dutch organisation. A list of Dutch organisations is available at the Dutch embassy in your country.
Step 2
Complete the selection process of the Dutch employer
The Dutch organisation has its own selection process through which they select their preferred candidate. For more information, please ask the organisation for more information on the process.
Step 3
YEP programme bureau assesses the project
If you have passed the selection process of the organisation, they will submit the project and include your CV + Motivation letter for the YEP position. The Programme Bureau assesses the submitted project on the criteria first.
Step 4
YEP programme bureau assesses your CV and motivation letter

After the project is accepted, the YEP programme bureau assesses your CV (max. 2 pages) and motivation letter (1 page)*, using the criteria in order to determine whether you match all of the criteria. You can take the selftest and check our criteria to make sure you are eligible to apply.


* The motivation letter should explain your motivation for the position, as well as your motivation for joining YEP. 

Step 5
Skype interview
Finally, the YEP Programme bureau will schedule a Skype call with you to ensure you are a suitable candidate.