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

Lou van Reemst - YEP Energy at African Clean Energy in Uganda

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

Judith Hulst

Where is she now? Advisor horticulture at SNV Rwanda

Young Expert at SNV - Rwanda

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 7

YEP Role

I worked as a Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) advisor at SNV, in the USAID funded project Gikuriro or ‘Integrated Nutrition and WASH Activity (INWA)’.


Gikuriro is implemented through a consortium of two international agencies; Catholic Relief Services (CRS) who is the prime and SNV, the Netherlands Development Organization. SNV led the implementation of Gikuiro’s WASH interventions in 8 districts.


The goal of Gikuriro was to improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age and children under five years of age, with an emphasis on the 1,000 day window of opportunity from pregnancy until a child’s second birthday. Gikuriro’s strategy is to reinforce Government of Rwanda (GoR) nutrition and WASH efforts, mobilizing civil society and the private sector to accelerate progress toward the national goal of eliminating malnutrition, a key priority in Rwanda. Gikuriro works through existing structures to strengthen the capacity and coordination of government, civil society and private sector actors in eight districts to achieve full coverage of the two complementary GoR community-based programs: Community-based Environmental Health Promotion Programs (CBEHPP) and Community-based Food and Nutrition Program (CBF&NP).


In my role as WASH advisor I worked on the following activities:

  • Conduct training of trainers on CBEHPP for eight districts
  • Conduct training of sector and health staff on CBEHPP for eight district
  • Assist and support the district team to prepare and train Local Civil Society Organizations (LCSOs) on CBEHPP
  • Assess barriers and facilitators (including gender factors) to adoption of improved hygiene and sanitation practices
  • Assess household drinking water treatment accessibility and safe storage options

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Regarding my study and former job experiences I have a high affinity for nutrition, health and agrofood related subjects. Through these experiences I am also comfortable to behave and communicate in intercultural settings.  Although I am a team player and think team work is fundamental, not only for projects but also for professional and personal growth, I can also work independently very well. Furthermore I take pride in being very accurate, conscientious and persevering; when something needs to be done I take responsibility and achieve the desired results.



Nationality: Dutch

  • Master Nutrition and Health, Wageningen University, Netherlands, specialization: Nutritional Physiology and Health Status
  • Bachelor Nutrition and Health, Wageningen University, Netherlands


Experience before YEP

  • Assistant agribusiness advisor Rwanda (11/2015 – 12/2015). Agriterra, Musanze, Rwanda. Identifying stakeholder networks and scoping of new potential clients in the dairy sector in Rwanda. Assist during preparation and realisation of advisory missions in Rwanda.
  • Junior project manager Development and Innovation (02/2013 – 10/2015). East Netherlands Development Agency Oost NV, Apeldoorn, Netherlands. The business unit Development and Innovation is forming strategic alliances to turn research into innovative concepts and products that benefit the regional economy. Clients are mainly innovative Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and knowledge institutes.
  • Research assistant (11/2012). Wageningen UR, department of Human Nutrition, Netherlands. Helping in the kitchen with a controlled nutritional intervention.
  • Intern (06/2012 – 10/2012). Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research, Netherlands. Interviewing and physically testing the elderly in nursing homes (project: ‘Genieten aan tafel’). Performing a research about eating behavior in persons over the age of 55, by making, sending and analyzing interviews.
  • Intern (11/2011 – 04/2012). University of Newcastle, Priority Research Center in Physical Activity and Nutrition, Australia. Writing a systematic review, title: ‘Weight management interventions targeting young women: a systematic review’. Assisting with the development and implementation of an eHealth intervention for young overweight women, to prevent their progression to obesity through modest weight loss.
  • Research assistant(02/2011 – 05/2011) Tamale, Ghana (via Wageningen University). Working in a research among primary school children who received iron fortified cowpea-based meals: preparing and handing out meals, measuring children, testing them for malaria and interviewing parents. This was the practical work for my Master thesis, titled: ‘The association of morbidity, malaria and hemoglobin levels after 6 months consumption of iron fortified cowpeas by primary school children in northern Ghana’.
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