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.


Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

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

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the 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

Rafsan Jani Siam - YEP Agrofood at Just Business in Bangladesh

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

Keba Lema

Where is she now? Finance Manager at Wadi El Sundus Petroleum Co. Ethiopia

Young Expert at Soil & More International B.V. - Ethiopia

YEP period 2016 - 2017, batch 7

YEP Role

I worked with Soil and More Ethiopia. I was responsible for monitoring and evaluation of various project, helping set up (Improve) financial and administrative system and quality control based on existing operating procedures.

Click here for more information about my project.



I have more than six years experience on developing and maintaining timely and accurate financial statements and reports for various projects and programmes. I am highly organized and focused on details and I have strong analytical skills.



Nationality: Ethiopian

  • MBA (Unity University-2nd year)
  • BA in Management (Unity University-FBE, 2015)
  • BA in Accounting and Finance (Addis Ababa University- FBE, 2008)


Experience before YEP

  • Aug 2015-recent-Finance Head at Soil and More Ethiopia. Set up and manage the financial accouting,monotoring, evaluation and reporting  system, budget preparation)
  • Dec 2012-May 2015-Senior Accountant at Dalol Oil Share Company. Assist with annual external audit examination, Assist in preparing assigned schedules for the annual and interim audit
  • 2010-2012- Accountant at Wadi El Sundus Petroleum Company. Assist with annual external audit examination, Assist in preparing assigned schedules for the annual and interim audit
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