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.


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Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Joana Chemel - YEP Agrofood at NABC/GNBCC in Ghana

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

Adriaan Ruijmschoot

Where is he now? Resident Project Manager at Vitens Evides International Philippines

Young Expert at Vitens Evides International - Vietnam

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 3

YEP Role

Assistant Resident Project Manager at Vitens Evides International, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project management
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Proposal writing

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc Water Management (University of Twente)


Experience before YEP

Vitens Evides International (VEI), Utrecht, NL. Project officer

  • Interim project manager Sustainable Water Fund (SWF) project in Harar (Ethiopia). Coordination project activities & inception, drafting inception report
  • Support of main VEI-office: drafting SWF & embassy project proposals (Mozambique, Ethiopia, Rwanda), internal quality control and result measurement, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge development

Jelmer B.V., Vinkeveen, NL. 3-year traineeship Civil Engineering (3 years descibed below)

  • Talent development programme consisting of 3x one year assignments at enterprises and (semi-) governmental institutions within the civil engineering sector

Vitens Evides International, Utrecht, NL / Malawi. Short term expert watermanagement

  • Drafting Baseline Report for Water Supply and Sanitation Lilongwe & Blantyre

Waternet, Amsterdam, NL. External advisor subsidy request

  • Drafting advice for subsidy request nature development Amsterdams’ coastal dunes, used for water filtration & treament

 GMB construction company, Opheusden, NL. Project officer tendering

  • Assistant process manager tenders transportation mains & water treatment plants
  • Innovation agent for water related proposal/tender writing

Water Board Hollandse Delta, Ridderkerk, NL. Project officer Planning Dep.

  • Project leader implementation measures for urban water drainage plan Rotterdam
  • Advisor hydrology & water quality wetlandsnature & recreational area “Nieuwe Dordtse Biesbosch”
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Friday, June 10, 2016
Project implementation progressing well
Construction of the new water supply system in My Hoa is well under way. Early June 2016 marked 80% completion of the distribution network and 400 out of 1,200 water meters installed. This means that more

Tra  Vinh Water Company workers preparing for laying PVC pipes

Friday, April 15, 2016
Workshop: Ensuring Resilience of Water Supply through Raw Water Storage
Early April 2016 marked a major milestone for the Climate Change and Water Supply in the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City project, as potential solutions for Ho Chi Minh City’s (HCMC) pressing raw more

Long term solution: 300 ha multiple day retention reservoir

Thursday, March 3, 2016
Water Sanitation and Hygiene Campaign My Hoa started
This week trainings have taken place for school teachers and village communicators to improve awareness on the links between health and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene). The school teachers will more

WASH training for village communicators