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.


Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 19):

15 October 2019

Preparatory training course

Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November

Training of the 19th batch starts on 20 January 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 4 November

Introduction video YEP

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Our Young Experts

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Nicky Schepers

Where is she now? Project manager at Resilience BV, Mozambique

Young Expert at Resilience B.V. - Mozambique

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 9

YEP Role

Country Manager at Resiliencia Mocambique Lda.  My tasks included: data collection, analyzing, reporting, networking, administration and planning. The project I mainly worked on is called: Unravelling the potential of farmer led irrigation development in the BAGC (Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor), Mozambique.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Hydrology

  • Networker

  • Team player

  • Analytical

  • Experienced in field data collection


Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc Hydrology and Water Quality at Wageningen University


Experience before YEP

I worked as water consultant at Tauw bv in the Netherlands for more than two years. The first 1,5 year I followed their traineeship, which gave me the opportunity to work on three different departments: Water management; Water treatment and Spatial planning. When completing my traineeship, I continued working on the Spatial planning department and was mainly active in integrated urban water projects.


During my studies, I spend 5 months in Ecuador to collect data of the hydrological cycle of the paramo area in the field as input for my thesis: Water balance of the Zuletarian paramo. Furthermore, I spend 8 months in Nicaragua to fulfill my internschip at Waterschap Rijn en IJssel. I worked on the project: Clean water for La Libertad. I mainly spend my time in setting up a monitoring program to collect hydrological data of the river Mico catchment, in cooperation with five municipalities. 

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Thursday, April 6, 2017
Scope - study river Muenedzi, Manica province Mozambique
30th March 2017 (present: Helio and Nicky) About: Case study Macate, Social and hydrological reasearch Where: Beira corridor; Province Manica; District Macate; River Muenedzi Step 1: DAY 1 - more

Farmer at the point where river Muenedzi joins river Revue, Mozambique.

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Nicky - YEP #9 - Short introduction
I am working for Resilience bv As a country manager / researcher Background: hydrology Now working on irrigation In Mozambique So nice to meet the others at the YEP training Gives me a lot of more