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.


Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.

Announcement: new deadlines for submitting YEP proposals!

New deadline for submitting YEP proposals: 30 June!!

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 17 and 18):

30 June 2018

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 18 July

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Rafsan Jani Siam - YEP Agrofood at Just Business in Bangladesh

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

Laura Nieuwenhoven

Where is she now? Freelance Water Consultant

Young Expert at We Consult - Uganda

YEP period 2017 - 2018, batch 11

YEP Role

During my YEP period I was a Water Development and Management Consultant at WE Consult. As a hydrogeologist and water resources specialist I was involved in delivering a wide range of water related projects on behalf of governments and NGOs, involving both fieldwork and desk studies. Projects range from water resources analysis for a feasibility study on drought resilience in the arid Karamoja region, Uganda, to hydrogeological analysis for small-scale irrigation systems in Zambia.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Modelling
  • Integrated Water Resources Management
  • Hydrogeology
  • Geophysical investigations
  • GIS
  • Data analysis
  • Intercultural communication
  • Project management
  • Quality assurance
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Reporting and presenting
  • Languages: English, Dutch, German, Swedish, Hungarian, Arabic

Nationality: Dutch/Hungarian

  • MSc Water Science and Management (Utrecht University), specialising in Earth Sciences
  • Graduate studies in Hydrogeology and Environmental Geoscience (University of Göttingen)
  • BSc Environmental Sciences (Utrecht University) with a minor in Physical Geography

Experience before YEP

  • Environmental Scientist, Atkins, United Kingdom. I was involved as project manager and technical specialist on a range of projects with regards to water quality, water resources, and data analysis, delivering projects on behalf of research organisations, water companies, and regulatory authorities. Projects included ESIAs for drinking water and waste water treatment works in Iraqi Kurdistan and Cameroon, drinking water resource supply optimization and resilience modelling using MISER, and scenario-based river water quality modelling in the Source Apportionment GIS (SAGIS) model.
  • Master thesis research intern, DHI, Denmark. Modelling the nitrate retention capacity of a restored riparian wetland in Denmark with a coupled MIKE SHE - MIKE 11 - ECO Lab hydro(geo)logical-river-nutrient model.
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Friday, November 3, 2017
Field work and other projects
In the last couple of months I have been involved in a range of projects, from water resources and hydrogeological assessments both in the field and at the desk, to geophysical investigations (ERT), more

Unprotected spring in Kalungu District

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Attending training in Akvo RSR
Learning how to use Akvo RSR to quickly and easily provide project updates to interested more

Akvo RSR Training by Charlotte Soedjak and Josje Spierings