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

Yoseph Cherinet Wakjira - YEP Water at Meta Meta in Ethiopia

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

Tesse Bijleveld

Where is she now? Manager Hydro at We Consult Mozambique

Young Expert at We Consult - Mozambique

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

YEP Role

Project manager in the department of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

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  • WASH surveys
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Sustainability
  • Teamplayer

Nationality: Dutch
Education: Bachelors in Geology at VU University, Amsterdam. Masters in Energy Science at Utrecht University.


Experience before YEP

  • Part-time Junior Researcher at GUTTS, Amsterdam: Performing an economic feasibility study on the development of a Low Carbon Gasoline Replacement Fuel.
  • Master’s thesis at GoodFuels Marine, Amsterdam: Titel: “From lignin to marine biofuel - A market potential and GHG assessment of the most suitable conversion route in Brazil and Scandinavia.”
  • Internship at Trinomics, Rotterdam: Trinomics is an economic policy consultancy for research and policy advice in the fields of climate change, energy and environment.
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Friday, July 6, 2018
Learnings from our first demonstrations
In the beginning of May, Marc and Annelise (Orvion) brought the Biomeme Two3 to Mozambique. We had planned a lot of demonstrations, to show our device to our partners and other interested parties. more

Demonstration of the device for AIAS and AdeM

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Sampling, sampling, sampling (testing, testing, testing)
In the past few months we have been very busy taking samples from different parts of Mozambique and testing the device in the lab in Holland. We went to Mandjacaze for the second time, but also to more

A rainwater puddle in Tete, possibly contaminating the drinking water.

Monday, January 15, 2018
The pathogens, the first tests and the first samples!
The aim of our project is to test if DNA techniques can be used in the field to test water quality using a mobile device, making it possible to generate more accurate and reliable data, and faster more

Sample and data collection from a well in Manjacaze, Mozambique.