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

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
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Our Young Experts

Nelson Carlos Marula - YEP Water at Resilience B.V. in Mozambique

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

Dianne Slot

Where is she now? Trainer/coach at several organisations

Young Expert at The Hague Institute for Global Justice - Jordan

YEP period 2015 - 2016, batch 6

YEP Role

I conducted a case study on Water Diplomacy in the Jordan River basin. The case study consisted of a qualitative research on the processes of support and contestation in transboundary cooperation over water. The unit of analysis is the (lower) transboundary Jordan River basin, its main input coming from multi-layered stakeholder interviews.


My case study feeded into a larger research project that aimed to identify the key factors affecting effective/ineffective transboundary water cooperation through a conceptual comparison of two transboundary river basins (i.e. Brahmaputra and Jordan River basin). Therefore, the work included close cooperation and field exchange with the research team in The Netherlands and Sweden, and fellow YEP-trainee Dipankar Aich, in Bangladesh.


Besides the research activities, I was involved in the organisation and facilitation of local stakeholder meetings, as well as contributing to some of the ongoing projects at The Hague Institute.


As part of our YEP group assignment, I worked together with fellow YEP-trainees Marleen, Yemin and Sandrine in conducting a field study of how local knowledge and initiatives for Climate Smart Agriculture are –or can be, for that matter- transferred to the global level.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Qualitative research and development
  • Report writing and policy advice
  • Arabic language skills and extensive knowledge of the Middle East
  • Program management
  • Teaching public speaking and diplomacy
  • Social media

Nationality: Dutch

  • MSc. Human Geography: Borders, Identities and Governance, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Masterclass: Water management, WASH and Delta-works
  • BA, Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic, Utrecht University, Utrecht
  • Damascus Summer school: Syrian Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic language course, Syria
  • Graduate program ‘Education for teacher in Biology’, University of applied sciences Utrecht

Experience before YEP

At university, I studied Middle Eastern studies and Human Geography with a focus on borders, identities and migration, as well as on authoritarian governance and contestation. I gained experience in qualitative research and fact finding during field missions in Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Turkey, the Palestinian territories and Sint Maarten (Caribbean). Prior working experiences include assisting the Academy of the Clingendael Institute by organizing and providing trainings for international diplomats and civil servants, and supporting the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) in drafting the first advisory report about democratization processes in the Middle East.


In my last position I was a program officer for public communications and advocacy strategies at a human rights organization in Amsterdam, as well as a trainer for students and young professionals in public speaking, diplomacy and leadership based on constructive dialogue.

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