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

Boris Kouassi Kouassi - YEP Agrofood at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. in Ivory Coast

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

Berry van den Pol

Where is he now? Project Engineer Water and Irrigation at PRACTICA Foundation, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Practica Foundation - Burkina Faso

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 10

YEP Role

Liaison officer and technical advisor. Practica provides technical assistance to a range of irrigation projects in the Sahel. I will represent Practica Foundation locally, coordinate project activities, execute field assessments, facilitate trainings and make linkages with other organisations and initiatives. I hope to learn a lot about the local dynamics related to the implementation of the various irrigation projects.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • An interest to understand and connect the needs from different actors: farmers, enterprises, donors
  • Positive and open attitude to new developments
  • Flexible and rapidly adopting knowledge on new topics
  • French, Spanish and Portuguese language skills

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc International Land and Water Management (Wageningen) with a specialization in Agriculture and Rural Development (Montpellier)


Experience before YEP

For my MSc thesis I have done field research on business strategies of small-scale farmers in Mozambique. This has given me a lot of insights in the opportunities and struggles faced by farmers and rural traders.. and is still in my mind whenever we try to come up with new ideas. After that I’ve worked for Practica, with a focus on developing tools and facilitating trainings for local well drilling enterprises in Africa, as well as making market linkages to introduce solar irrigation systems. 

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