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.


YEP mentor's day

On February 15th, the YEP mentor's day was organised at Mott MacDonald, where all mentors of new Young Experts met and were introduced to their new tasks as a YEP mentor.

New YEP Agrofood Project Manager

Jocelyne Commandeur is our new project manager for YEP Agrofood.

Launched: YEP Effect 3

New release: YEP Effect no. 3 has been published!

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 15 May

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (15th batch):

1 May 2018

Preparatory training course

Training of the 14th batch starts on 12 March 2018
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Tesse Bijleveld - YEP Water at We Consult in Mozambique

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

Rogier Pennings

Young Expert at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. - Vietnam

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 9

YEP Role

The water and climate change sectors in Vietnam are growing rapidly. This means that there is an increasing need for support to achieve more effective, efficient and sustainable management of available water resources in pursuit of sustainable development. As a Young Expert, I am responsible for developing a market assessment (and building on the opportunities) in the water, environment and climate change sectors in Vietnam. Furthermore, I am involved in designing and delivering new tailor-made trainings, consultancies and business development activities.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project management
  • Teamwork
  • Planning and organization
  • Facilitation and presentation
  • Problem solving
  • Process optimization
  • Data analysis

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc Transport & Planning (Civil Engineering) – With Distinction – Delft University of Technology,  BSc Civil Engineering – Delft University of Technology


Experience before YEP

My interest is in the dynamics between water, urban development and transport. With the current global developments in these fields, such as the increasing urbanization, climate change and limitations on resources, I see the challenge in effectively and efficiently guiding sustainable development processes through this landscape. With my broad past experiences, I have built on this interest.

My past roles and jobs include:

  • Management Consultant at Newton Europe
  • Intern at UN-Habitat New York Office
  • Graduate Intern at Arcadis
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Hanoi: The first 3 weeks!
Hi all, 3 Weeks and a day ago I arrived in Hanoi, and to be fair, it feels like I have been here much longer! So far I have spent most of my time getting to know the MDF team, finding my way more

The Dutch Trade Mission in Hanoi

Thursday, September 15, 2016
And we're halfway through the first YEP training: Time for an introduction more