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 19th batch starts on 20 January 2020

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 20):

1 March 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 23 March

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

Gertjan van den Ende - YEP Water at Witteveen + Bos in Colombia

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

Sijmen Weesie

Where is he now? Business Development Manager at Aqua Clara Kenya

Young Expert at Connect International - Kenya

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

YEP Role

Co-Manager at Connect International and Aqua Clara International Kenya and Ghana. 

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  • Interdisciplinary land and water management
  • Project management
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Intercultural Communication & Diplomacy
  • Committed, sense of responsibility, curious and hands-on
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Good reporting and presentation
  • Proposal writing
  • Teamwork
  • Languages: Dutch, English, Portuguese      

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc International Land and Water Management, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands


Experience before YEP

  • Consultant at Fundación Global Nature, Valencia area, Spain. Related to Wageningen University & Research. The project aimed to assess the efficiency of a reed filtration system. Project proposal preparation. Project coordination, communicating and planning. Data analysis and reporting. Creating a project budget. Financial administration.
  • Project member of BlueGrass, University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil. The international BlueGrass project aims to focus on relations between societies and their environment in order to research socio-environmental conflicts in the specific field of water access and management. I was part of the University of São Paulo (USP) ‘s project team.
  • Research assistant (internship) reconsider water supply management at FUNCEME / UNILAB, Fortaleza, Brazil. Climate data and water demands were studied with the aim to create efficient water supply management alternatives. Presentations for water agencies and interviews with water users. Supervised Brazilian bachelor students on a related project.
  • Junior advisor (internship) at PROAP Lisbon, Portugal. Responsible for project developments inter alia: project analyses, project design, visualizations, topographic map design, and technical details.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017
Short explanation about our project more

Thursday, June 8, 2017
AKVO training sessions
First training from AKVO RSR ! Interesting and inspiring training sessions during the YEP training more