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.


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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
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Our Young Experts

Nelson Carlos Marula - YEP Water at Resilience B.V. in Mozambique

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

Belete Wako

Where is he now? Project Officer at Horn of Africa Regional Environment, Ethiopia

Young Expert at Meta Meta - Ethiopia

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 4

YEP Role

As Project Officer, I provided support to the Branch Office in the Central Rift Valley. Moreover, I worked in the Central Rift Valley which focused on the area of the Sustainable Land and Water Programme (SLWP) of the Netherlands-based Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH). The programme closely collaborated with major floriculture and horticulture actors to address water quantity and quality issues in the lakes basin, as well as related issues such as soil fertility management. The aim was to foster sustainable land and water development in the Central Rift Valley, by promoting economic development opportunities while safeguarding critical ecosystem services.
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As a watershed manager, I have willingness and ability to perform field work within a watershed and spend extensive time in remote areas when supporting stakeholders at local level (I have the ability to work under challenging circumstances that is stress tolerance). I can diligently execute my assignments in an organization. I have high sense of responsibility; sound judgment and ability to work harmoniously with people of different educational and cultural background (I enjoy working with others to organise the details and operations well in advance to get the job done). I have practical commitment, respect, integrity, diversity, facilitating change, developing teams, initiating action, strategic decision making, planning and organizing, leading through vision and value. I deal with the outer world by living a planned and organised life (I am better in judging) and the way I make decisions is thinking (preference for organising and structuring information to decide in a logical and objective way). I am logical, decisive and tough-minded and use concrete facts in systematic ways. Regarding my work style, I critique programs in a logical, objective way, organise the process to achieve goals, monitor to determine that that job is done correctly, task oriented and committed, focus on efficiency and productivity.



Nationality: Ethiopian

  • Research MSc degree in Watershed Management at Hawassa University, Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources
  • BSc degree in Natural Resources Management from the same University (Hawassa University, Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources)

Experience before YEP

  • Project Officer within Sustainable Land and Water Programme (SLWP) at Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center and Network (Addis Ababa University)
  • Program Coordinator for Kundudo Afforestation Project in Menschen for Menschen foundation in Eastern Hararge Zone of Ethiopia, Gursum Woreda Funded by Germany
  • Program Officer for Watershed Management in Progynist indigenous local NGO in SNNPR of Ethiopia, Guraghe Zone, Meskan Woreda Funded by HoA-REC & N
  • Forest protection, development and utilization expert in East Shoa Zone, Adami-Tulu Jido Kombolcha woreda Agricultural and Rural Development Office of Ethiopia
  • Natural resource department team coordinator (process owner) in East Shoa Zone, Adami-Tulu Jido Kombolcha woreda Agricultural and Rural Development Office
  • Mineral and Energy Resources Development Office, Head in West Arsi Zone, Shala Woreda of Ethiopia
  • Rural energy expert in natural resource department of West Arsi Zone, Shala Woreda agricultural and rural development Office of Ethiopia
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Lakes Basin Rehabilitation in CRV of Ethiopia
Water is a finite and vulnerable resource and a fundamental resource to sustain life, development and nature. Intensifying climate variability and extreme weather events seriously affect crop yields more

Figure showing Lake Ziway and the associated landscapeGr