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
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Kevin Dipama - YEP Water at Wereld Waternet in Burkina Faso

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

Janet Kabachunguzi

Where is she now? Project officer Amref Health, Uganda

Young Expert at Amref - Uganda

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 4

YEP Role

As a local young expert, I was posted as a project officer to support it in numerous some of which are listed below;

  • Support the identification, documentation and translation of evidence, best practices and research on sustainable sanitation solutions for wider experience sharing and learning
  • Strengthen and support AMREF Uganda and its direct partners in the area of sustainable management of water services through the kiosks system, and strengthen Income generation through this approach, particularly financial management aspects
  • Support the development of capacities in the area of social and institutional sustainability of community WASH management particular in urban and peri urban settings including slums which are characteristic with mobile communities
  • Support in the development of evidence based policy briefs for advocacy on sanitation issues at local and national level
  • To contribute to fundraising including writing of concept notes, to enable participation in programmes, and work towards additional engagement of AMREF with the YEP for strengthened water professionals and expertise in Africa
  • Identification of research ideas/ proposals and consequently producing research papers for sharing
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  • Planning, monitoring and evaluation
  • Good reporting and presentation skills
  • Results oriented with the ability to work well in both self-directed and team oriented environments
  • Flexible

Nationality: Ugandan
Education: Bachelor of Community Health, Uganda Christian university


Experience before YEP

  • Internship at technical support unit 5, ministry of water and environment. My work involved offering support to beneficiary communities on operation and maintenance of water sources and facilities. Strengthening of water user committees

  • Assistant lecturer Uganda Christian University. With a focus on health and sanitation in schools, factories and other institutions

  • Water and sanitation development facility-central, ministry of water and environment. Here I worked with the environmental and sanitation department. My role involved the introduction of eco-ssan technology in the small town and rural growth centres in which we worked, implementation of the operation and maintenance strategy and creating awareness and promotion of appropriate sanitation and hygiene through community participatory methods like CLTS


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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
An experience from a school pupil on menstrual hygiene
Nashiba remembers the days when the entire school shared the 3 latrines from nursery to primary pupils and the teachers. As if a distant memory she remembers the days of water scarcity. She remarked more

Kayendeke Nashiba,12 a health club member at her school

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Menstrual hygiene intervention
Our greatest challenges were basically sanitation, hygiene and we had not paid attention to the girls’ menstruation challenges. Some students were falling sick and taking weeks off school, some more

Teacher Lydia-middle with some of the health club leaders

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Uplifting society and building lives of women
What started as a savings group of five women now boasts of increased numbers and having grown to a parish level. Sebina Women’s Association started in 2009 with women making handicrafts such as more

Women of Makerere III group trying to sell one of their products