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.


New release: YEP Effect no. 2

New release: YEP Effect no. 2, which can be combined with an supplementary sheet with our annual report 2016!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 12th batch starts on 2 October 2017

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (12th batch):

3 July 2017

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 24 July
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Irene Moed - YEP Water at Alterra in Burundi

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. 


Click here for more information about my project.



  • 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, June 15, 2017
Testing water pipes
The water supply system in Harare consists for the larger part of asbestos cement (AC) pipes. The strength of these pipes can deteriorate over time due to soil conditions and water quality. Pipes more

first pipe that is tested

Friday, June 9, 2017
Books become a map
Every month the water meter of households, companies and industries are read to determine how much water is used and should be paid to the water company. Nowadays meter readers go into the more

into the neighbourhood with the cell phone for the first time

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Reading meters with an app
Using an online application on your phone instead of writing books full with information that needs to be put into a computer. That sounds like a good idea! Part of the Harare project is a large more

field training