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

Thijs Merton - YEP Water at Aqua for All in Ethipoia

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

Sililo Agness Musutu

Where is she now? Technical Support Officer at WWF Zambia

Young Expert at WNF - Zambia

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 9

YEP Role

As the Young Expert Professional for WWF- Zambia Freshwater Team, I was working on the Free-Flowing/Living Rivers and Water Reserves projects in the Zambezi River Basin. I provided support for the technical component of identifying Water Reserves and Free-Flowing Rivers in the Zambezi River Basin. I provided technical support in lobbying for Water Reserves and Free-Flowing Rivers at National and local level in Zambia. 

Click here for more information about my project.



Integrated Water Resource Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, Aquaculture Engineering, Research, Miradi,and Stakeholder/community engagement.



Nationality: Zambian
Education: MPhil in Integrated Water Management from Monash University in South Africa, 2016


Experience before YEP

During my Master’s study (March 2014 - April 2016):

  • I served as the Postgraduate Forum secretary and then chairperson in 2014.
  • I was also a research assistant for the Water Research Node from 2015 -2016. Much of my research was focused on gaining an understanding of fisheries governance on the Kafue floodplain fishery in Zambia to provide insights into why regulation of access and use of the resource was effective at some fishing camps and not others. I then suggested how effectiveness of governance systems for the fishery might be improved.
  • In my spare time, I volunteered to take part in community outreach programs run by the Community Engagement Department at Monash South Africa. 
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