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.


Employ a Young Expert; submit your proposal before October 11th

Join YEP Programmes and submit your proposal for a Young Expert position now!

New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

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

Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

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
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Ada Chai - YEP Water at One to Watch B.V. in Myanmar

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

Jordi van Oort

Where is he now? Conservation Technology Manager at African Parks Network, Rwanda

Young Expert at African Parks - Rwanda

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 10

YEP Role

In my first YEP year, I worked within the Forest Landscape Restoration unit of IUCN ESARO (eastern and southern Africa) where I will be the Monitoring and learning officer this year. This means I will be working both from our office in Kigali and in the field where we try to introduce a coherent data-collection plan for monitoring our projects so we can send out that information to our stakeholders and partners.

In my second YEP year, I am working at African Parks in Rwanda.

Click here for more information about my project.



After studying Nature Conservation in both African and The Netherlands, I strongly connected to the vast plains of the African continent and its people. Throughout my studies, I have been going back and forth to (mostly southern) Africa to gain experience and to try and understand the underlying mechanisms of savanna ecosystems. I have gained a lot of bio-cultural monitoring skills over these years and I have become ever more interested in monitoring and learning from nature and all its inhabitants including ourselves.


Over the last few years, I have noticed that there is a lack in monitoring techniques and options throughout the region and I have been working with various local African experts and friends in coming up and designing ways to collect data more efficiently (you can think of applications, using freeware, and setting up databases). While being out in the field, I always feel the necessity to bring the things I encounter to a broader audience. I’m an avid conservation photographer and I love taking people with my visually through videos and blogs. You can find examples of these blogs and videos on my website:



Nationality: Dutch

  • MSc Forest and Nature Conservation (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
  • Bachelor Tropical Forestry and Nature Management (van Hall- Larenstein, The Netherlands)
  • B.Tech Nature Consevation (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa)


Experience before YEP

Before moving over to the IUCN (which was my start of YEP), I worked for the Association for Dutch Cultural Landscapes in Beek-Ubbergen, The Netherlands. This organisation is working to green the agricultural areas of The Netherlands through small scale conservation and maintain our Dutch Cultural Heritage in the landscapes. Before working at that organisation, I worked for Conservation Lake Tanganyika which is a small conservation NGO that is trying to conserve the biodiversity in and around Nsumbu National Park in far northern Zambia. 

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