The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, 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 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) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


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Introduction video YEP

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

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Hiwot Tadesse - YEP Agrofood at Resilience B.V. in Ethiopia

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

Kennedy Jackson Malunga

Where is he now? Civil/Hydraulic Engineer at Lilongwe Water Board, Malawi

Young Expert at Vitens Evides International - Malawi

YEP period 2016 - 2017, batch 8

Current Role

As a young professional, I worked on developing hydraulic models for Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) with technical assistance from VEI. I was also responsible for water network analysis and design. My mate, Ante Zoric was coaching me on how to use GIS along with hydraulic modelling applications. I transferred my technical skills to the newly recruited engineers at LWB. My other responsibility was sharing general issues on Malawian culture and how it impacts the organisational behaviour, security and tourism. With the introduced Young Water Professionals at LWB, I was geared to represent the YEP and share its goals. I was also one of the Young Water Professionals initiate its establishment at National level. 


Click here for more information about my project.



Keywords for career-related skills and interesting fields

civil engineering, hydraulic structures, wastewater, drinking water, hydraulic modelling in Epanet, structural analysis and design, GIS, sustainable development, technical research, hydrology, technical drawings, project management and planning, water resources planning and management



- Chewa: fluent

- English: full working knowledge

Computer skills

- EPANET – hydraulic modelling

- MS Project– project management and planning

- AutoCAD – technical drawings


Nationality: Malawian


Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, the Malawi Polytechnic.


Experience before YEP

Water network analysis and design, hydraulic modelling, supervising construction works, structural analysis and design, project planning and management, technical proposal writing, tendering of construction works.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016
In the heart of Ameersfoort attending a training. Being equipped with Personal Development tools and IT operations. Hopping to learn more in the coming days. Yep#8 is just amazing! more

IT sessions in progress