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.


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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
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Ruben van der Meulen

Where is he now? Hydrologist at Acacia Water B.V., the Netherlands

Young Expert at Acacia Water - Kenya

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

YEP Role

As a Young Expert, I work on many projects in East Africa concerning water management. My work is on one hand content oriented – I work on projects making hydrological assessments, doing GIS analyses, modelling, performing and overseeing fieldwork, and writing reports. On the other hand, my work is network oriented – I am stationed in Kenya as we feel at Acacia Water that there is a lot of potential in this region to do more work, and I am tasked with exploring opportunities in the area.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • IWRM
  • GIS
  • Data analysis
  • Modelling
  • Teamwork
  • Analytical and critical thinking

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc Earth and Environment, specialization Hydrology and Water Resources 


Experience before YEP

  • 07/2016 – 06/2017: Acacia Water | Junior Consultant Hydrology. Fully content oriented position, with similar tasks as my current YEP position excluding the network oriented side
  • 02/2016 – 06/2016: Acacia Water & Wageningen University | Intern. Working on a hydrological modelling study of an area in Sudan
  • 02/2015 – 06/2015: Wageningen University & University Federal do Céara | Research assistant. Working on a research linking water availability to regeneration of natural forests of the Caatinga biome, stationed in Fortaleza, Brazil
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Friday, April 19, 2019
Final workshop
March 2019, the final workshop for Sponge City Kajiado. All project partners assembled to take a hard look at what has been done, what have we learned and what is the way forward. The county more

Field visit at final workshop

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Recharge weirs a great result
Last month, at the final workshop for Sponge City, Acacia Water made another visit to Kajiado town. Here, we finally got to see the interventions after implementation. Especially the weirs at the more

Weir at gully C

Thursday, June 8, 2017
YEP training
YEP programmes is training me hard on my personal development, feeling more and more prepared each day! more

Learning about Akvo RSR with YEP #11