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

Marjolijn Hekelaar - YEP Agrofood at Cocoanect in Ghana

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

Banzoumana Coulibaly

Where is he now? Project Officer at Akvo Mali

Young Expert at Rain Foundation - Mali

YEP period 2014 - 2015, batch 3

YEP Role

During YEP I was working for Rain Foundation; I was based in Mali at the Rainwater Harvesting Capacity Center (RHCC) as External Advisor. Charged fundraiser for RHCC, Following the implementation of the 3R approach on the field, Capitalize assets.
Click here for more information about my project.



Drinking water supply, Drilling techniques, Sanitation, Water treatments and analyses,  Hygiene promotion, and malnutrition, Participatory approaches, Team /project/financial management; stakeholders analysis, All civil engineering works.



Nationality: Malian
Education: Civil Engineering Diploma at National Engineering School of Bamako (ENI), Mali. Master advanced in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Associate Degree (DEUG diploma) in Mathematics and Physics at University of Bamako.


Experience before YEP

From 2008 and 2010, I worked in a construction firm of roads, in charged of monitoring layout of networks and asphalting of streets in Bamako District, Mali.
From 2010 to 2012, I have worked in a telecommunications engineer as quality manager.
To validate my WASH Master advanced, I did a 3 month internship in the NGO Action against Hunger France (ACF- France)  in Burkina Faso.
From April to May 2014, I worked as a WASH manager in the NGO Alliance International Medical Action Mali.

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