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
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Our Young Experts

Kumar Bhattarai - YEP Water at Simavi in Nepal

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

Goodluck Estomih Laizer

Where is he now? Associate programme officer at Rain, Tanzania

Young Expert at Rain Foundation - Tanzania

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 8

YEP Role

I was a project officer at Rain Foundation working in a project called Igunga Eco-village in Tabora, Tanzania. In the project I was a representative of 3R consortium formed by four organisations namely Rain foundation, Aqua for All, Metameta and Acacia Water, ensuring all activities are implemented as planned and monitoring of the pilot interventions in the project villages, I was a liaison for all partners in the project regarding 3R interventions (3R = Recharge + Retetion+Reuse). As 3R YEP I was mapping and documenting all existing water resources (water points, ponds, wells etc.), irrigation scheme in the project area. Supporting the Village Development Council, produce village land use maps, support each village Development Council, develop Land use plans and enact village NRM by-laws. Conducting Water, Sanitation and Hygiene surveys and analyses. Logistical support to SHIPO Company in implementation of then 3R technologies i.e. Groundwater recharge, Rainwater Harvesting Technologies, Well drilling, WASH technologies demonstrations in villages.

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Water resources management, environmental management, geographic information systems and remote sensing technologies, team working skills, irrigation water engineering skills, designing of irrigation structures, land survey, AutoCAD 3D civil.



Nationality: Tanzanian
Education: BSc. in Irrigation and Water Resources Engineering from Sokoine university of Agriculture, 2015


Experience before YEP

Nov 2015-Feb 2016: Field Project officer. Feed the future ILSSI is an acronym for Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation Systems which was funded by US Government's feed the future initiative. I was working with three groups of farmers to research with them the adaptability of small irrigation technologies and to research on crop water requirement in the research plot for the crops which have not yet their crop water requirement data.


2015: Research assistant. Data collection and processing using Remote Sensing technology i.e. the use of Octocopter to collect field data for agricultural crop management activities. Participating in processing remotely sensed images using Agisoft software. Water sampling and water quality.


September 2015: Research Assistant LIFELAND project, Laying Foundation for effective Landscape level planning. Responsible for collection of Baseline survey data from SAGCOT Ihemi cluster in regions of Iringa and Njombe. To get more in information


2014-2015: Volunteering in Land cover classifation activity by Geo-wiki. To get more information visit


2011-2014: During my Bachelor’s degree I was involved in various technical activities i.e. designing and construction of irrigation canals, survey, welding, mapping activities etc.

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Friday, August 12, 2016
Community celebrating pumping water from a hand dug well
Well drilling and digging activities.It is a participatory work whereby the local community contributes labour, water for construction activities and burnt more

Thursday, August 11, 2016
Rope Pump installation at a hand dug well
Having dug a pilot shallow well, the local artisan are being trained to install rope pump more

Monday, August 8, 2016
Rope Pump production training
Training of six local welders on manufacturing of Rope pump production and installation in a welding and metal work workshop in Igunga town.This training is simultaneous with the other training of more

Group of Welders in a training to manufacture a rope pump.