The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, 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 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) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

YEP Effect 4 has been released!

During the YEP kick off of batch 15,  another new edition of YEP Effect has been officially launched: the fourth edition is now available!

YEP alumnus Jacques on TV!

Jacques Tuyishime, alumnus of YEP Programmes, is now Managing Director at Holland GreenTech in Rwanda. He has developed several skills during his time in YEP,  especially during the Personal Development Training!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 16th batch starts on 4 February 2019
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Bram de Vries - YEP Agrofood at VDS A’campo in Zambia

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

Selamawit Zewdu Yetemegn

Where is she now? WASH Specialist at Unicef in Ethiopia

Young Expert at Rain Foundation - Ethiopia

YEP period 2013 - 2015, batch 1

YEP Role

My role as a Young Expert in RAIN was as the Project Officer- Rainwater harvesting capacity centre (RHCC). My role can be summarised in these key aspects:

  • Build the internal capacity of the RHCC by supporting current staff improve their skills and capabilities
  • Support RAIN local partners to improve the technical skills required for RWH for clean water access, environmental sustainability and food production
  • Provide technical and administrative support for the successful implementation of RAIN and Metameta Ethiopia projects (including project coordination, monitoring and Evaluation)
  • Work to build the RAIN portfolio in Ethiopia through participation in project design, networking and partnership building

Click here for more information about my project.



Nationality: Ethiopian
Education: I have multi disciplinary educational background in Chemistry (BSc) Environmental Science (MSc) & Earth observation and Geo-Information science for environmental Modelling and management (MSc).


Experience before YEP

I have experience in carrying out trainings, environmental research both in Ethiopia and in the Netherlands. My areas of expertise are environmental management, water quality, natural resource management, Remote sensing image analysis and GIS.

YEP Water


Email LinkedIn Skype
Yep AgroYep Water


Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Completion of 2nd Round Tailor-made training on GIS and RS
The Tailor-made training on "Capacity building of SNNPR's selected agricultural and natural resource management bureaus through Geo-Information science and remote Sensing" has been successfully more

trainees of TMT GIS & RS

Thursday, August 20, 2015
II round tailor-made GIS and RS training in Hawassa SNNPRs
The first round of tailor-made GIS and remote sensing training was done last year July 2014 for west Hararghe zone. We are pleased to also be able to organise and provide 2nd round training for more

Introduction to RS

Monday, July 6, 2015
The Borena rainwater harvesting WASHCOs
Borena located in the southern most part of Ethiopia is considered among the most remote corners of the country. It is also amongst the least interns of natural resources particularly water. water is more

Borena-rainwater harvesting WASHCOs