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.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Jasper van den Brink - YEP Agrofood at The Blue Link in Kenya

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

Ye Min Thant

Where is he now? Freelance Independent Evaluation Consultant, Myanmar

Young Expert at ICCO Cooperation - Myanmar

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 6

YEP Role

As a Programme Officer at ICCO Cooperation Myanmar, I was overseeing ongoing projects and developing new projects for three main programs such as (1) Conflict Transformation and Peace Building, (2) Agricultural Value Chains Development (with Climate Change Adaptation component) and (3) Sustainable Livelihoods for vulnerable groups such as refugees, IDPs and people with disability.

My roles in these projects included:

  • providing coordination, coaching and M&E supports to project implementation partners
  • developing strategy and projects, and write concept notes, proposals and business propositions
  • conducting research activities related to selected agricultural value chains
  • networking and building relationships with private sector actors, prospective donor agencies and relevant government agencies
  • collaborating with diverse stakeholders such as Armed Groups, Provincial Government and Parliament, grassroots CSOs in peace building projects.
Click here for more information about my project.



Program Development, Fundraising, Coordination, Research, Policy Analysis and Advocacy, Communications, M&E



Nationality: Myanmar
Education: Bachelor of Business Administration (University of New Brunswick), Masters of Policy Studies (University of New Brunswick)


Experience before YEP

  • Policy Advocacy Officer at Food Security Working Group, Myanmar
  • Web Communications Coordinator at Entrepreneurship Education Evaluation Project, a worldwide longitudinal research project, based in Canada
  • Supervisor at Student Union Building of University of New Brunswick and Saint Thomas University, Canada
  • Junior Research Consultant at Young Women's Christian Association, Myanmar
  • Microfinance Loan Officer at Young Women's Christian Association, Myanmar
  • Sales and Communications Assistant, Coriander Leaf Group, Singapore
  • Data Translator at World Concern Myanmar
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