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.


Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 19 August

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Joana Chemel - YEP Agrofood at NABC/GNBCC in Ghana

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

Marjolijn Hekelaar

Young Expert at Cocoanect - Ghana

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 12

YEP Role

Sustainability Representative Ghana: Supervising programs and developing the M&E framework in order to measure and increase the impact of Cocoanect’s sustainability activities, together with local partner the Louis Bolk Institute / Agro Eco.  


Click here for more information about my project.



  • Knowledge management
  • Evidence-based policy making
  • Governance & development 

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc in Conflict Resolution and Governance of the University of Amsterdam, BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences of Maastricht University


Experience before YEP

  • SNV Netherlands Development Organization: governance data management for a USAID funded rural sanitation program in Rwanda & program development for urban water supply services at HO in The Hague.
  • Impact Centre Erasmus University Rotterdam: action research projects for NGOs (Simavi, MaxFoundation, Wash Alliance International) and corporate philanthropy initiatives (G-Star Foundation).
  • Netherlands Embassy in Zimbabwe: internship in political and economic affairs. 
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