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

Rogier Pennings - YEP Water at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. in Vietnam

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

Siviwe Senso Gontsi

Young Expert at Colsen - South Africa

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 10

YEP Role

I am employed as a Junior Mechanical Engineer at Aquest Colsen through the YEP programme.

Click here for more information about my project.



I have developed skills in technical drawings using a vast number of software such as (Autodesk Auto CAD, Plant 3D and Autodesk Inventor). Also, I am experienced in mechanical maintenance and installations. 



Nationality: South African
Education: National Diploma (Mechanical)


Experience before YEP

I previously worked at Shatterprufe, an Automotive grass manufacturing factory/industry where I worked with the maintenance department as an Intern.

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