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.


New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

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

Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

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

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the 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

Micheal Jonga - YEP Water at Simavi in Uganda

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

Stephen Mwape

Where is he now? Water Supply and Sanitation Coordinator at the Government of the Republic of Zambia

Young Expert at We Consult - Zambia

YEP period 2016 - 2017, batch 9

YEP Role

I worked as a a Junior Hydrogeologist for Aquaquest Ltd. Aquaquest Ltd. - part of the WE Consult Group - is a water supply consultancy active in East and Southern Africa. The company assists farmers, mining companies and housing projects without access to surface water by providing hydro-geological assessments and geophysical field surveys and by supervising borehole drilling, development and testing.


The work I did mainly consisted of performing geophysical surveys, drilling supervising and testing pumping of boreholes. Part of the work involved processing the data in GIS and Excel and summarizing the results in a report.


At my work together with a Dutch Young Expert, who is also my supervisor.

Click here for more information about my project.



I have a Diploma in Water Engineering from the University Of Zambia (UNZA) and am trained at the Natural Resources development College (NRDC). As part of my training at NRDC I did an internship program with World Vision Zambia under the Zambia Water Sanitation and Hygiene program (ZWASH). During my Internship program I was exposed to Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities which include borehole sitting, borehole drilling and construction, test pumping, installation of hand pumps, design and installation of water supply systems. 



Nationality: Zambian
Education: Diploma in Water Engineering at Natural Resources Development College


Experience before YEP

  • Hydrogeological Technician / GIS Trainee with Aquaquest limited,a water supply consultancy company in Zambia
  • WASH activities which include Geophysical surveys, Borehole drilling and construction, hand pump installation, tank stand installation at Zambia Water Sanitation and Hygiene program (ZWASH) under World Vision Zambia
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