The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, 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 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) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


Feasibility Study YEP Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

At this moment, a fesibility study is being carried out to investigate the added value of a YEP Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (YEP SRHR).

Evaluation YEP Programmes

Currently, YEP Programmes is being evaluated by Ecorys. We would appreciate your full cooperation, in order to continue YEP Programmes, hopefully with an extension to other sectors!

“Never a boring day!” - Business development in Zambia

Our Young Expert Bram de Vries is a Young Expert, who is working as a Business Developer of VDS A'campo/Holland Greentech in Zambia. Bram has written a blog about his activities and his life as Young Expert!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 15th batch starts on 17 September 2018

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (16th batch):

15 October 2018

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 5 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Joseph Asante - YEP Agrofood at Tropenbos International in Ghana

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

Resy Vermeltfoort

Young Expert at SNV - Vietnam

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 10

YEP Role

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation works in three main sectors: Agriculture, Energy and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. I am working as a Knowledge Management and Business Development Officer at SNV in Vietnam. From the knowledge management side, I focus on increasing collaboration and knowledge sharing with both internal and external audiences under our gender and climate change in agriculture programme. As a Business Development Officer, I focus on generating new opportunities and partnerships to increase SNV’s portfolio in the water sector in Vietnam.

Click here for more information about my project.



Facilitating knowledge sharing, event organisation, stakeholder engagement, business development, strategic and visual communication, social media, research & analysis



Nationality: Dutch

  • MSc International Crimes & Criminology (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
  • BSc Political Science (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
  • BSc Journalism (University for Applied Sciences, Utrecht, the Netherlands)


Experience before YEP

Feb 2016 – Sept 2016 | Communications and Business Development Trainee at SNV in Hanoi, Vietnam

May – 2015 – Feb 2016 | Recruiter for the Dutch Government at Randstad Nederland

Sept 2014 – Jun 2015 | Freelance filmmaker/photographer at the Centre for Governance, Peace, and Security in Kampala, Uganda

Sept 2014 – Feb 2015 | Communications and Advocacy Trainee at Refugee Law Project in Kampala, Uganda

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Thursday, March 8, 2018
Pressing for progress towards gender equality in agricultural value chains
Today we are celebrating International Women’s Day. This year’s theme urges all of us to #PressforProgress, a call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. On this day the WEAVE more

Ethnic minority cinnamon farmers in the North of Vietnam

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Rural communities press for progress women’s economic opportunities
Today it is International Women’s Day. This year’s International Women’s Day theme urges all of us to #PressforProgress, a call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. It more

Tuan Tu asparagus cooperative pressing for progress in Vietnam

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Role models for women’s economic empowerment
Meet Mrs Nguyen Thi Kim Lien, a 41 year-old woman with two children, one son and one daughter. Together with her husband, she runs a mushroom cooperative in Quang Binh province. Around 10 years more

Mrs. Lien and one of the mushroom producers