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

Edwin Anyanga Otando - YEP Water at Water Forever in Kenya

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

Theophilus Makau Kioko

Where is he now? Project officer at MetaMeta, Kenya

Young Expert at Meta Meta - Kenya

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 8

YEP Role

  • Supporting the projects New Roads for Resilience: Connecting Roads, Water and Livelihoods
  • Promoting the concept of roads water harvesting within the water, environment, and roads sector in Kenya
  • Developing relevant training materials for the Kenyan context
  • Conducting field visits to support the implementation of road water harvesting and documenting the process

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  • Adaptable
  • Planning
  • Time Management
  • Problem solving

Nationality: Kenyan
Education: Water and Environmental Engineering


Experience before YEP

  • Plans and designs water and irrigation systems
  • Supervises implementation of several water and irrigation projects 
  • Making progressive reports on the irrigation projects
  • Procurement of water and irrigation equipment
  • Makes bill of quantities
  • Installation of drip irrigation and solar pumps
  • Conducted land surveys for different clients
  • Testing solar pumps
  • Identification and marking of potential sand storage dam sites
  • Surveying the potential areas for sand dam construction using the dummy level
  • Designing survey of stream hydrology
  • Developing structural design options for sand dam’s construction sites
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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Stakeholders workshop in Kitui
Hosted a four day workshop in Kitui town on Road Water harvesting with participants from Makueni, Machakos, and Kitui counties from 14-17 June 2016. The training was successful with a field day to more

Listening to Frank

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
YEP Training
YEP Training happening now in Amersfoort in the Netherlands in learning how to use Online more

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