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 19):

15 October 2019

Preparatory training course

Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November

Training of the 19th batch starts on 20 January 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 4 November

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new 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

Amrit van der Lelij - YEP Water at Deltares in Indonesia

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

Tsion Yinesulih

Where is she now? Junior Project Officer at IICD, Ethiopia

Young Expert at IICD - Ethiopia

YEP period 2015 - 2016, batch 4

YEP Role

As a YEP local Young Expert, I was working at IICD (International institute for communication development) as junior project officer. I was engaged in a project called G4AW; that is geospatial data for Agriculture and Water. It is about implementing geographical information on different form for farmers, due to the vulnerability of climatic condition.
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During my staying at previous companies that I worked for, I have gained knowledge in planning and monitoring both activities and employees. I have also the knowledge in the designing of irrigation structures for developing irrigation schemes and also I have knowledge in models like GIS, AquaCrop, AutoCAD, which I gained while I was doing my MSc. in UNESCO-IHE institute.



Nationality: Ethiopian
Education: BSc. In Agricultural Engineering and Mechanization, Masters: Hydraulic Engineering, Land and Water Development


Experience before YEP

During my MSc. study I have had the opportunity to work with PRACTICA foundation and MetaMeta during my thesis, it has helped me to gain knowledge in studying about shallow tube wells and improved solutions which can be implemented to the society. During working my thesis, since I was using structured and semi structured questionaries, I have tried to study agricultural activities performed on different areas.   

Working both as Agronomist and in Planning and export department in Redfox Ethiopia plc, in Ethiopia makes me to gain aspects in planning and widening communication skills internationally.

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