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

Anke Verheij - YEP Water at Vitens Evides International in Vietnam

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

Diederik Haverkorn van Rijsewijk

Where is he now? Senior Advisor Supply Chain & Operations at EY, the Netherlands

Young Expert at The Blue Link - Kenya

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 9

YEP Role

Operations Manager. Click here for more information about my project.



Engineering, People-skills, Dairy-processing, Management



Nationality: Dutch
Education: WO – MSc Biochemical Engineering


Experience before YEP

  • Project/Process Engineer at Royal HaskoningDHV and Corbion
  • EPC manager at FrieslandCampina. Overarching project group for Capex investments >1,5 million. Mainly Infant & Toddler Nutrition
YEP Agrofood


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