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

Sujan Dulal - YEP Agrofood at aQysta in Nepal

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

Nermin Imseih

Where is she now? PR&Communications Officer at Palestian Hydrology Group

Young Expert at Middle East Partners Consultancy & Management Support - Palestinian territories

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 8

YEP Role

As a Young Expert I was hired by the Middle East Partners to work for the Palestinian Hydrology Group (PHG) in Palestine, where I assisted in the expansion of water and Agro food projects, and the Private sector.  I primarily focused on partnership development and support by attempting to introduce a service center for Palestinian water/Agrofood start-up companies.

Click here for more information about my project.



I am an analytical person with a background in Gender and Developmental Studies. Interdisciplinary thinking, research and outreach are important aspects of the work I am doing at the moment at the Palestinian Hydrology Group. Moreover, I have ability to communicate with people from diverse cultures.



Nationality: Palestinian
Education: MSc Gender and Developmental Studies


Experience before YEP

  • Professional experience in research, project management and Communications. After my studies I have gained work experience in the private sector
  • Administrative, Public Relations and Communications assistance
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Data Collection and Management
Data Collection and Management a long process, but more

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
YEP Training
Second day of YEP training Programme. Looking forward to learning more about the Dutch Water and AgroFood more