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

Marleen Spieker - YEP Agrofood at ZOA in Liberia

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

Lisanne Achterberg

Where is she now? Nutrition Officer Multi-sectoral approach and advocacy at Unicef, Bangladesh

Young Expert at Max Foundation - Bangladesh

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 10

YEP Role

As of January 2017, I have been working as Business Development and Partnerships Manager for Max Foundation’s Bangladesh office. This means that I contribute to fundraising by identifying new opportunities for funding and translating our goals and methods in Bangladesh to fight child mortality and increase child health into well-designed proposals. Moreover, to support all fundraising initiatives and increase the effectivity and efficiency of our programs, I maintain and develop good working relationships with partners and potential partners.

In my efforts, I work closely with our Country Director in Bangladesh, as well as the Max Foundation business development department in the Netherlands.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Business development
  • Stakeholder coordination
  • Proposal writing
  • Interdisciplinary thinking and linking

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MA International Studies, at Leiden University; BA International Relations and International Organisation at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen


Experience before YEP

  • Event coordinator – Crosswise Works, for Capital Impact event at Amsterdam Capital Week
  • Intern Food Security – Embassy of the Netherlands in Bangladesh
  • Intern Communications – Crosswise Works
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