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.


Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 19):

15 October 2019

Preparatory training course

Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November

Training of the 19th batch starts on 20 January 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 4 November

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new 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

Bart Malaba - YEP Water at Larive International in Kenya

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

Caitlin Courtney

Where is she now? Master Studies in Water Quality Engineering in Cape Town, South Africa

Young Expert at Colsen - South Africa

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

YEP Role

I am a Junior Engineer at Aquest Colsen. We specialise in the field of waste water treatment, biogas production and sustainable energy. Our core activities can be described by in-house development and application of innovative technologies for re-use of water, recovery of nutrients from waste water and organic waste and the application of sustainable energy from biogas. I am currently working on three pilot projects in the fields of UV disinfection of wastewater, thermophilic digestion and nutrient recovery in manure.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project management
  • Research and development
  • Problem solving and Analysis
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Visual Communication

Nationality: South African
Education: BSc. Honours in Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town


Experience before YEP

I completed my honours thesis on the water footprint of beef in South Africa. This gave me a deep insight into the importance of water management in South Africa and thus lead me to pursue a career in the water sector. 

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Thursday, June 8, 2017
Sampling Training Day
Effective sampling is essential in ensuring accurate results when recording progress in a project. Recently we spent the day training relevant parties in how to take samples ensuring that no more