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.


Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 19):

15 October 2019

Preparatory training course

Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November

Training of the 19th batch starts on 20 January 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 4 November

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Our Young Experts

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Jelmer Klinkenberg

Where is he now? Project Officer at YEP Programmes, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Vitens Evides International - Mozambique

YEP period 2016 - 2017, batch 7

YEP Role

Assistant Resident Project Manager for a project that aimed to build capacity for operations of secondary urban water systems and urban sanitation systems, under the mandate of the local water authority in Mozambique. 

As water production and distribution expert for VEI in Mozambique, my tasks were the following:


  • Deliver on-the-job technical assistance and training to AIAS-contracted small-town water operators and build capacity at AIAS such that AIAS staff members can provide training / technical assistance
  • Support and monitor the missions by VEI and Mozambican short-term experts and the selection of Mozambican short-term experts
  • Support AIAS to monitor water operator performance throughout the country, identify investment needs of the water operators and support them in the quest for funding of those investment needs. Develop and submit proposals to various funders (including Water for Life) to acquire funding for pro poor investments in water and sanitation.

Please click here for more information about my project.



Dutch graduated young professional starting with a career in the water sector. Willing to learn new things, especially in the field of (inter)national water issues such as scarcity and abundancy. Characterized by didactic qualities, patience and the capacity to cope with complex cases. Can work well in groups, but is also able to conduct analytical and critical individual research. Due to my studies I acquired a multidisciplinary view on environmental issues. Characterized by a flexible attitude, good communications skills and a strong perseverance to reach goals. good communication skills.



Nationality: Dutch

  • BSc. Earth Science & Economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • MSc. Water Science & Management at Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands

Experience before YEP

Graduation research for the SMART Aquifer Characterisation project at GNS Science in New-Zealand. The aim is to develop a suite of innovative techniques to map groundwater systems in New-Zealand. The project is led by the GNS Science Hydrogeology team. Royal HaskoningDHV, amongst others, is a partner of GNS Science within the project. I was focusing on how to localize and quantify groundwater-surface water interaction in Lake Taupo, New-Zealand, using Fibre-Optic Distributed Temperature Sensing.

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Monday, December 19, 2016
Operators working on business- and investment plans for their companies
Besides the various technical visits that take place at the private operators that run the AIAS-owned water systems across the country, the operators are supported in their activities in other ways. more

During the training in Maputo

Sunday, December 11, 2016
First time visits to Mueda, Alto Molocue and Espungabera
The last months several AIAS towns have been visited for the first time by a VEI-team consisting of Carlos Capitao, Jelmer Klinkenberg and either Wim Klootsema (Watercompany Groningen) or Wilco van more

Entire villages queue up for hours at the only public fontenario (Mueda).

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
The technical missions go on: Differences between project towns are huge
During the past few months, several towns in all parts of Mozambique were visited by the technical PO15 team of Carlos Capitão and Jelmer Klinkenberg, together with Waterbedrijf Groningen-expert more

A neatly working system like this is possible, but maintenance is key!