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

Lou van Reemst - YEP Energy at African Clean Energy in Uganda

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

Welid Abdi

Where is he now? Senior Water Quality Expert at HWSSA Ethiopia

Young Expert at Vitens Evides International - Ethiopia

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 9

YEP Role

My roles were project manager for water for Life urban proposal and Team leader for operation and maintenances manual development for rural water schemes, project manager for Non revenue water (NRW) reduction and assistant project manager for rural Water For Life proposal.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project Management
  • Good planning and reporting skills
  • Able to work well independently
  • A proven interest in water and sanitation services
  • Good oral and written communication, analyzing, writing and computer skills
  • Prefer to work in a multicultural, flexible and professional environment
  • Actively focused on achieving results and objectives
  • Strong desire to develop knowledge and learn

Nationality: Ethiopian
Education: Bsc. in Environmental Health and Master of public health in Occupational Health and Safety Management from University  of Gonder


Experience before YEP

  • Project manager for urban Water For Life (WFL) at Harari water supply and sewerage authority
  • Senior Water quality expert at Harari water supply and sanitation authority
  • Worked as Environmental Health Officer in Jugel Hospital
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Thursday, October 12, 2017
We start executing the project
Rural WFL Harar, Ethiopia was approved on June 2017 to do 10 public water points and to rehabilitate 64 HDW's (Hand dug wells) with targeting to reach 22,000 rural dwellers. The project now more

One of the public water points in peri-urban area of Harar.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Situation at the start of the project
The project is ongoing. HWSSA has already connected 39 people in Harar with through private connection, and 129 shard yard connections.All people that now have a new water connection participated in more

People in Amir Nur Woreda participating in the training