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

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

Loes van der Pluijm - YEP Water at Meta Meta in Kenya

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

Nadja den Besten

Young Expert at Van der Sat - Mozambique

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 10

YEP Role

As a Young Expert in Mozambique I am working as a hydrologist and field manager for the research and consultancy organization FutureWater. FutureWater works throughout the world to combine scientific research with practical solutions for water management. Since 2015 FutureWater manages a project in Mozambique: “ThirdEye: Flying Sensors to Support Farmer’s Decision Making”. Half of my time I am implementing this project, together with my colleagues in the Netherlands and Mozambique. The most important objective for this part of my job is acquisition, finding new commercial opportunities for the project. The rest of my time I spend on writing proposals and other technically assist other projects of FutureWater in Mozambique. Due to the variety within my job, I get to speak to a lot of different people on different levels, therefore experiencing the water-related challenges from farm to national level. 

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project management
  • Proposal writing
  • Acquisition

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc Water Management (Tecnical University Delft, the Netherlands)


Experience before YEP

I have had several jobs and projects before my YEP experience. All these projects and jobs link to (rural) environmental development. I am very interested in rural development and the role of water in development challenges. I believe in small-scale solution, through my work I try to obtain as much experience as possible in order to contribute to solutions I believe in.

YEP Agrofood


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