The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, 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 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) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

YEP Effect 4 has been released!

During the YEP kick off of batch 15,  another new edition of YEP Effect has been officially launched: the fourth edition is now available!

YEP alumnus Jacques on TV!

Jacques Tuyishime, alumnus of YEP Programmes, is now Managing Director at Holland GreenTech in Rwanda. He has developed several skills during his time in YEP,  especially during the Personal Development Training!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 16th batch starts on 4 February 2019
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Florentine Dirks - YEP Agrofood at Wageningen University & Research in Ethiopia

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

Marius Otte

Where is he now? Project coordinator WASH-IAD at Woord & Daad, the Netherlands

Young Expert at ZOA - Jordan

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 9

YEP Role

As a Young Expert Junior Programme Manager I was involved in the WASH programmes of ZOA in the Middle East region, in particular focusing on Yemen. My main role was to oversee the ongoing programmes, supporting the daily activities and managing the local team. 

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project Management
  • Research
  • Data analysis
  • Architectural and urban design
  • Building engineering

Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSC and MSc in Architecture at Delft University of Technology


Experience before YEP

Traineeship at ZOA, Amman, Jordan: Leading ZOA’s Jordan Urban Pilot Project. A research project focused on Syrian refugees in the Jordanian urban setting. This involved training of volunteers, inverviewing Syrian families, data collection and data analysis.


Self-employed architect at 3BM: During my master and after graduation I worked as a self-employed architect in cooperation with other architects and engineers. I have been involved in small-scale residential project up to large industrial works. I have been responsible for the design and supervision of several projects, and have been involved from the early stage of visualizations up to developing technical drawings and applying for building permits. 

YEP Water


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