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
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Our Young Experts

Sander de Raad - YEP Agrofood at Resilience B.V. in Ethiopia

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

Suzanne Faber

Where is she now? PhD Candidate Geohydrology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Vitens Evides International - Rwanda

YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 6

YEP Role

Vitens Evides International (VEI) is a joint venture of Dutch drinking water utilities that works on improving the performance of colleague water companies in developing and transition countries. VEI supports FIPAG, the drinking water utility that delivers water in Mozambique's 18 largest cities on capacity building of their staff. The first 1,5 years of my YEP contract I was the assistant project manager for VEI in the region of North Mozambique. My tasks were the following:

  • Organise and supervise short term missions of Dutch experts that visit FIPAG Region North (FRN) to give training to local staff. These missions regard mainly technical subjects, such as water treatment, water- and electrical infrastructure, but we also look at health and safety, business planning, etc.
  • Support on Non Revenue Water reducing pilots in Nampula and Angoche, by defining district metered areas, instigating customer surveys, coordinating water readings, analysing physical and commercial water losses, supporting repair work and report and maintain results for the continuous benefit of FIPAG
  • Support FRN with the mapping of new water resources and the planning of development of these, by selecting two regions where the pressure on finding new water resources is largest, collect and make an inventory of the available studies on potential sources, develop short- middle- and long term options, initiate field studies and possibly implement short term solutions

For the final six months of my YEP contract, I moved to Rwanda where I am working on rounding up the SusWas project, which mainly focuses on NRW reduction for the Rwandan urban water utility WASAC, but also addressed themes such as peri-urban water supply and operator training in more rural areas.


Click here for more information about my project.



  • Physics
  • Hydrology
  • Drinking and Waste Water Technology
  • Non Revenue Water
  • International orientation

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc Physics (University of Amsterdam) with a minor in Hydrology (University of Utrecht). During my Master research project I studied the filtration of fine particles by the soil of a dam in Oman that was built to facilitate the recharge of groundwater and mitigate seawater intrusion.


Experience before YEP

Water Technology Consultant - Isle Utilities, London, UK

  • Collaborate with key water industry clients (utilities, consultancies) to understand their needs, drivers and technology requirements
  • Facilitate the identification, research and evaluation (from a technical and commercial perspective) of new and existing technologies, products and services from both the UK and overseas to support the water utilities on their innovation programs
  • Support the delivery of Isle’s Technology Approval Group (TAG), a forum that informs water utilities on the latest technological innovations and facilitates discussion about - and trialing of - these innovations, in the UK and Europe
  • Project manage various consultancy projects, such as technology horizon scans, market scopes and trials
  • Support the delivery of consultancy projects
  • Support on business development
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Closing the SusWas project, Rwanda
The official close of the SusWas project is end of June this year. However, my contract with VEI ends six weeks before that and we are now working hard on the finalisation of the project. Harm, more

Meeting at WASAC HQ

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
From Nampula to Kigali
At the end of November 2016 I moved from Nampula, Northern Mozambique, to Kigali, capital of Rwanda, to complete the final 6 months of my 2 year YEP position. After finalising the EU and Dutch more

View from Mount Kigali

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Last DMAs Kanombe, Kigali, Rwanda
Within the SusWas project, two of Kigali’s branches have been hydraulically isolated and sub-divided into DMAs. By isolating the branches, the NRW level of the branch as a whole can be analysed, more

Water supply lines into one of Kanombe's DMAs