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.


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

Mercy Muriithi Wangui - YEP Agrofood at GDK Software in Kenya

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

Edwin Anyanga Otando

Where is he now? Project Officer at Water Forever, Kenya

Young Expert at Water Forever - Kenya

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 10

YEP Role

Carry out WASH activities in Water Forever (MajiMilele) in Kenya and parts of Uganda, especially prepaid water solutions that hence promote the sustainability of both rural and urban water projects.


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Design of rural and urban water supply systems, drilling capping, pump testing and develop a borehole completion reports, community water and sanitation management committee trainings. Sanitation trainings and water quality test skills



Nationality: Kenyan
Education: Degree inWater and Environmental Engineering


Experience before YEP

  • Attached at Gauf Engineures Company- a German based company, worked on water treatment works, water supply system and the sewage system in Kenya.
  • Worked at IPA( Innovations for Poverty Action) Kenya, was involved in survey- data collection for sampling in communities, took a lead in water quality analysis in the laboratory.
  • Worked at CABDA(Community Asset Building and Development Action)- Local NGO in Kenya, worked on a WASH programme funded by both SIMAVI and Arqua for All. 
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Nambale borehole
The borehole was successfully drilled and gave a yield of 18m3/hr, which is so important to the densely populated more

Nambale borehole being drilled and when the main arquifer was sttuck