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
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Nancy Kululanga Gondwe - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Malawi

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

Jonne Kleijer

Where is he now? GeoICT Specialist Water at Royal HaskoningDHV the Netherlands

Young Expert at Vitens Evides International - Bangladesh

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 2

YEP Role

Project manager assistant where we collaborated with the local water company in order to monitor the drinking water system with the use of a SCADA system. The monitoring will help to optimize the pump operation of the deep tube wells (DTW) in relation to the water demand and eventually reduce the NRW in Dhaka. For this analysis we need to find the quantitative supply of water (mainly deep tube wells) and the use of water. I  assisted the local water company with the use of the SCADA system in the office and in the field.
Click here for more information about my project.



About me: Curious | Creative | Teacher | Analytical | Helpful | Committed
My toolbox: Open source programming | GIS | Hydrodynamic Modelling | Present (oral or on paper)



Nationality: Dutch
Education: Civil Engineering (B.Sc.) and Earth Surface and Water (M.Sc.)


Experience before YEP

2013: Analyzation of natural dynamics of a meandering river. For 6 months I modelled and examined a meandering river in Delft3D to find the hydrodynamic effects of the presence of vegetation patches

2011: Science Teacher. I taught science to young high school students in the age of 14-18

2011: Multiple Reservoir Optimization. I worked three months in Vietnam. I conducted a study on the efficiency of multiple reservoir management. The goal was to enhance individual performance of dams by align the operations

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Monday, September 15, 2014
Wordle of my activities
Interested in my activities Dhaka WASA? This 'wordle' gives a good impression. It is based upon my evaluation report about the past half year. So far I've been busy with the implementation of more

Impression of activities in Dhaka WASA

Thursday, March 20, 2014
First field visit
I safely arrived in Dhaka! The first three days I went into the field to see the current status of the drinking water network. We visited deep tube wells and district chambers (DMC), which bring more

Check flow measurement of the DMC

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
SCADA training
I am preparing for my activities in Dhaka. One of the main activities will be training the local water company on process automation. Here is an example of a previous training by Evert van Maanen and more