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.


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New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Gilbert Mwangi Kamau - YEP Water at TAHMO in Kenya

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

Camille Clerx

Where is she now? Technical Assistant at GiZ, Burkina Faso

Young Expert at - Burkina Faso

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 9

YEP Role

Junior Project Manager Agrofood

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  • Research & Analysis 

  • Languages : French, Dutch and English

  • Environmental awareness

  • Teamwork

  • Public speaking

  • Communicating across cultures

  • Social Media


Nationality: Dutch

  • 2014–2015: MSc Environment and Resource Management (English-taught program),  specialisation in Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity.  Cum laude/GPA: 4, Free University of Amsterdam (VU), The Netherlands
  • 2014: MA Political History, Erasmus Mundus Exchange Programme. École doctorale de Sciences Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), France
  • 2013–2016: MA French Linguistics, specialisation in sociolinguistics and politics (French-taught program). Cum laude/GPA: 4, University of Leiden, The Netherlands
  • 2010–2013: BA French Language and Culture. Cum laude/GPA: 4, University of Leiden, The Netherlands
  • 2009–2010: Associate Degree Cross Media Communication. College of higher education INHolland, Diemen, The Netherlands
  • 2003–2009: Keizer Karel College, Diploma Gymnasium-A (gives entry to university) Amstelveen, The Netherlands

Experience before YEP

2016: Vermaat Groep - Corporate catering officer 


2016: Ashoka Nederland (the Netherlands) - Social Innovation Mapper, team leader for the sector Healthcare:

  • collected data for the Social Innovation Mapping project launched by Ashoka Nederland and PwC;
  • conducted interviews with high profile stakeholders;
  • contributed to conceptualising this pilot research project for up-scaling purposes
2016: BothENDS (the Netherlands) - Rich Forests Project volunteer:
  • worked as an editor for the Rich Forests project
  • worked as a social media and communication officer 
2015: World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Southeast Asia Regional Office, Indonesia - Intern multifunctional landscapes:
  • designed and conducted research on current farming practices and their historical evolution;
  • lead a research team of three individuals;
  • carried out quantitative research aimed at defining the valuation of ecosystem services by smallholder potato farmers;
  • identified contingencies in the development of sustainable farming practices;
  • informed policy regarding the implementation of sustainable farming. 
2014: Sciences Po Environnement, Environmental Association (France) - Educational officer
  • set up an educational project for primary schools on food waste;
  • executed a one-day program in primary schools.
2013–2014: Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) - Research Assistant for International Studies:
  • contributed to the conceptualisation of the courses given by the directing professor in International Studies;
  • conducted research on language and culture policies of Western European colonial powers in their former colonies and identified country-specific characteristics;
  • conducted literature reviews and identified and classified relevant scientific research concerning modern colonial history. 

2012–2014: SELSA (The Netherlands) - Zumba instructor (fitness program) and Marketing Assistant

2011–2014Clark Football Languages (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) - Interpreter (Dutch-French and French-Dutch)


2007–2015: Stichting Ons Tweede Thuis (Amstelveen, The Netherlands - Social assistant:

  • Assisted and guided mentally disabled employees working at a day centre
  • Assisted the head attendant
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