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

Melanie Shudofsky - YEP Water at Waterschap Zuiderzeeland in Indonesia

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

Johannes de Groot

Where is he now? Specialist Geotechnical Engineering and Flood Protection at Arcadis, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Arcadis Nederland B.V. - Myanmar

YEP period 2017 - 2018, batch 10

YEP Role

Since February 2017 I was working for Arcadis in Myanmar as a Specialist Geotechnical Engineering and Flood Protections. I was involved in the “Integrated Ayeyarwady Delta Strategy (IADS)” and “Consultation Sessions for the State of the Ayeyarwady Basin (SOBA)” projects. My key activities were: data collection, baseline studies, project coordination, capacity building and creating a broad network of organisations and governments.

Click here for more information about my project or visit or the project's Facebook page



  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Water Management
  • Coastal and river morphology
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Integrated water management
  • Lectures and trainings
  • Team player

Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc. Civil Engineering and MSc. Physical Geography


Experience before YEP

  • 2012-2013: Support for Flood Protection Team at Hoogheemraadschap de Stichtse Rijnlanden, Houten
  • 2014-2016: Specialist Geotechnical Engineering and Flood Protection at Arcadis Nederland B.V., Arnhem
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