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

Emma Vos - YEP Water at Simavi in Tanzania

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.

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  • 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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