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.


Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 18 December

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (14th batch):

1 December 2017

Preparatory training course

Training of the 13th batch starts on 13 November 2017
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

Lobke de Pooter

Young Expert at Vitens Evides International - Zimbabwe

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 8

YEP Role

Currently I work in Harare as Young Expert water supply for Vitens Evides International (VEI). Previously I worked in Bandung (Indonesia) in the same position within VEI.


Within the Harare project I support the Non-Revenue Water (NRW) activities in the pilot areas and on institutional scale. I also contribute to capacity building of the newly established hydraulic modelling and GIS departments. In my previous project my activities included extensive preparatory work on the creation of pilot areas for NRW reduction measures, extension of the network and building water kiosks in the less wealthy areas. Both projects focus on working closely together with the local water company to improve water supply. 


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  • Water treatment
  • Non revenue water
  • Hydraulic modeling
  • Project management
  • Facilitation


Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc Civil Engineering - Sanitary Engineering (TUDelft), BSc International Land & Water Management (Wageningen University)


Experience before YEP

April 2015 – April 2016: Management Trainee, Evides Waterbedrijf

Sept 2013 – Oct 2014: MSc thesis ammonia treatment based on urea addition - WASTE – Malawi

Oct 2010 – Feb 2011: BSc thesis Effluent use in agriculture: an integrated treatment approach  - CERTE - Tunisia


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Thursday, October 12, 2017
water balances
Part of the analysis work I have done so far is looking at the leakage volume over the larger water pipes. This is done by making a water balance over a pipeline. We make a measuring plan for one of more

burst in one of the bigger pipelines

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Reporting the same way!
Twenty clerical officers register and report bursts (and other events such as new connections and disconnections) happening all over in Harare. At the moment this information is written in books and more

workshop burst reports

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
YEP return training
I started my YEP experience with VEI (Vitens Evides International) nearly 1.5 years ago. Time flies when you are working in exciting coutnries and September was the month of my return training. My more

session on change management