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.


Employ a Young Expert; submit your proposal before October 11th

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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

Akrity Acharya - YEP Agrofood at One to Watch B.V. in Nepal

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

Tewodros Mekonnen Demeke

Where is he now? Inclusive Business Advisor at SNV Ethiopia

Young Expert at SNV - Ethiopia

YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 7

YEP Role

M & E at SNV Ethiopia

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  • Project Management
  • Value Chain Analysis
  • Project Appraisal
  • Trainer
  • Business Development


Nationality: Ethiopian
Education: MA


Experience before YEP

5 years


YEP Agrofood


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