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

Emmanuel Chifunilo - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Malawi

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

Lucy Chepkosgei

Where is she now? GIS Officer at International Committee of the Red Cross, Kenya/Somalia

Young Expert at ITC/University of Twente - Kenya

YEP period 2014 - 2015, batch 3

YEP Role

During YEP I was supporting IWRAP programme activities in three main areas:

1) Transfer of fundamental geo-informatics knowledge required by the staff in Water Resource Management Authority (WRMA) and IMARISHA Naivasha to execute the activities required for the migration and implementation of the new water information system;

2) Orchestrate and manage the various workflows that have been designed to structure, edit, clean and upload legacy data to the newly deployed databases and generate new products and services;

3) Help in identifying, together with the tutor, appropriate best practices to address the challenges that arise from the implementation of the project activities.
Click here for more information about my project.



Scientist and Trainer in Geo-Information (GIS), Remote Sensing, ISO geo-data standardization and Cartography



Nationality: Kenyan

  • Master of Science in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Geoinformatics (University of Twente – ITC ,
  • Master in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (University of Twente – ITC,
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography, GIS and Remote Sensing ( Moi University, School of Arts and Social Sciences,
  • Diploma in Geo-Informatics, GIS Operations and programming (University of Twente – ITC,
  • Diploma in Cartography (Kenya Institute of Survey and Mapping, Nairobi, Kenya)

Experience before YEP

GeoData Standardization Officer, Cartographer, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst/Expert: Kenya Government Public Service which included CETRAD – Nanyuki, Survey of Kenya HQs, GDC/KenGen and the Ministry of Devolution and Planning (ASALs).  

  • Maintaining web mapping applications, GIS web-portal to ensure visualization of government activities and information online
  • Training, sensitization and capacity building in GIS and Remote Sensing technology
  • Geothermal resource assessment using spatial analysis, utilizing GIS, photogrammetry, cartography, land survey, and remote sensing and other required spatial and database tools
  • Geo-Database administration and compilation of geographic data from a variety of sources including censuses, digitizing, field observations and existing maps
  • Apply the principles of GIS, remote sensing, mobile mapping and web mapping into research project activities in Arid and Semi-Arid lands (ASALs)
  • Developing and applying ISO standards related to spatial data towards developing a solution for easy discovery and access of geospatial data by Government customers and stakeholders
  • Implementing, maintaining and updating the web based Kenya Spatial Data Infrastructure (KNSDI)
  • Training government stakeholders on Kenya Profile for Geographical Information Standards (KPGIS), ensuring quality of updated geospatial information into government geoportal
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Friday, October 24, 2014
The IMARISHA Naivasha Water Stewardship Project
THE LAKE NAIVASHA BASIN, KENYA The Lake Naivasha Basin is a spectacle that presents rare ecosystem, biodiversity and outstanding physical features within the Great Rift Valley. It lies in the more

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Josphat, the Ndabibi Water friendly Farmer
Josphat Njoroge Macharia, a teacher from a nearby school in Naivasha (Ndabibi) realized that there was need to create awareness to the rapidly growing population which needed to learn about modern more

Josphat teaching the locals (left photo) and primary school pupils (right),

Monday, August 4, 2014
GIS and Remote Sensing training, Naivasha, Kenya
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing are useful tools in Hydrology. Water has position on earth’s surface. Water too is constantly in motion meaning water in its occurrence more

GIS and Remote sensing class,