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

Thi Van Le Khoa - YEP Water at TU Delft in Vietnam

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

Ante Zoric

Where is he now? Product developer at Mobile Water Management BV, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Vitens Evides International - Malawi

YEP period 2016 - 2017, batch 7

YEP Role

As a young professional, I assisted the Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) with the implementation of hydraulic models in the network, performing calculations on the necessary expansions and replacements, evaluating external studies, and embed my knowledge in the organisation. Coaching the new staff of LWB in working with hydraulic models and GIS was the main focus of my mission. Within VEI, I assisted the short-term experts from the Netherlands which joined the team in Malawi to resolve various technical and financial issues.

Click here for more information about my project.



Keywords for career-related skills and interesting fields

Civil engineering, hydraulic structures, water management, drinking water, hydraulic modelling, GIS, sustainable development, interdisciplinary research, hydrology, socio-hydrology, irrigation and flood modelling, socio-economic aspects, environmental impact assessment, offshore, technical drawings, project management and planning, remote sensing, archaeology



  • Dutch: fluent
  • Croatian/Serbian/Bosnian: fluent
  • English: full working knowledge
  • German: minimal working knowledge

Computer skills

  • QGIS – remote sensing
  • EPANET – hydraulic modelling
  • SOBEK – hydraulic modelling
  • AutoCAD – technical drawings

Nationality: Dutch / Croatian
Education: Master of Science, civil engineering with specializations hydraulic engineering and water management; Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Bachelor of Engineering, civil engineering; Windesheim, University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands


Experience before YEP

During my masters I have broadened my scientific and professional scope regarding various topics in water management and hydraulic engineering. These include riverine and coastal flood risk management, complete designs of diverse hydraulic structures, full-interdisciplinary research in present-day and prehistoric irrigation, and the inherent human aspects in a world where constant feedback between social demands and technical solutions calls for sustainability and creativity. See my LinkedIn profile for more details.

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