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.


Employ a Young Expert; submit your proposal before October 11th

Join YEP Programmes and submit your proposal for a Young Expert position now!

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

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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