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.


New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the 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

Michael Nelemans - YEP Water at Wetlands International in Ethiopia

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

Jeremiah Ouko Magar

Where is he now? Lead Trainer at Connect International/Aqua Clara, Kenya

Young Expert at Connect International - Kenya

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 10

YEP Role

As a Training and Technical Support Officer at Connect International, we work towards establishing a H2OPE (Water Products and Expertise) Accelerator that aims to build local expertise on WASH. Our services include technical and business training as well as client support services to technicians and organisations undertaking WASH projects. We are also set to establish a business incubation programme for technicians keen on undertaking installation of water filters, roof water catchment systems and construction of Ecosan latrines as a business.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Adaptability
  • Effective listening and presentation skills
  • Training skills
  • Results oriented with the ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Quick to learn new skills

Nationality: Kenyan
Education: BSc.  Environmental Health


Experience before YEP

Aqua Clara Kenya, Training and Technical Support Officer (TTSO)

My responsibilities included offering trainings and technical support on use of Membrane and Biosand Filters to purify drinking water. I trained sales agents on demand creation for membrane filters.

I worked also in collaboration with Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technologies (CAWST) International Technical Advisor to Africa to offer trainings and Technical Support to organizations.


Industrial attachment

I worked with government health centres as an intern.  My main interest was on disease epidemiology especially water related diseases as they pose a major burden to many parts within Kenya. I participated in community sensitization programmes on WASH and the impact it had on reducing disease occurrence.

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