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.


Preparatory training course

Training of the 19th batch starts on 20 January 2020

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 20):

1 March 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 23 March

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Patricia Mwansa - YEP Agrofood at VDS A’campo in Zambia

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

Anne van der Veen

Where is she now? Liaisons Officer Sustainability for Cocoanect, Ivory Coast

Young Expert at Cocoanect - Ivory Coast

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 10

YEP Role

Liaisons Officer Sustainability – West-Africa

Click here for more information about my project



  • Impact project management
  • Impact reporting 
  • Process management
  • Certification 

Nationality: Dutch
Education: Master Communication & Organisation Sciences – University of Utrecht, Bachelor Intercultural Communication – Radboud University Nijmegen


Experience before YEP

Operations Manager - Moyee Coffee Nederland
Liaisons Officer – Moyee Coffee Ethiopia
Process Consultant - TOPdesk 

YEP Agrofood


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