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.


YEP Information Event September 3rd

Interested in employing an enthusiastic motivated young professional on your international project? Join our online YEP Information Event on September 3rd!

Candidates: apply for one YEP position now!

We are looking for a perfect Dutch candidate for a YEP Energy position at Hypoport BV South Africa! You can apply until 9 August 2020.

New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

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

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

Collins Otieno - YEP Water at Practica Foundation in Kenya

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

Jelmer Klinkenberg

Young Expert at ICCO Cooperation - Cambodia

YEP period 2019 - 2020, batch 16

YEP Role

As a Programme Officer at ICCO Cambodia, I will be working on a number of projects concerning sustainable agriculture, responsible business and economic empowerment of farmers and SMEs. My main tasks include project management, business development and M&E. Moreover, I will conduct and organise trainings and workshops, participate in national and international networks and write proposals. I will work closely together with my Cambodian YEP colleague Chhum Chanrachana.


In my first YEP hear, I was 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, I was involved in technical assistance in drinking water, training to small-town water operators, supporting and monitoring short-term experts and monitor water operator performance.



  • Project management, analysis and writing
  • Organisation of trainings and workshops
  • Intercultural cooperation and communication


Nationality: Dutch

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

Experience before YEP

  • Training coordinator for Young Expert Programmes in the Hague, the Netherlands: Coordination and organisation of training programmes in the Netherlands and online learning environment, project management, evaluation of proposals, recruitment and selection of candidates, account management
  • Project Officer International at Netherlands Water Partnership in The Hague, the Netherlands: Working on public-private partnerships, organising and coordinating sector meetings, study tours, market studies, trade missions, knowledge sharing in Asia (Indonesia and Sri Lanka).
  • Assistant Resident Project Manager for Vitens Evides International in Nampula, Mozambique (YEP Position, see above)
  • International graduate student research experience for Royal HaskoningDHV in New Zealand.
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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!