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

Paul Kato - YEP Agrofood at We Consult in Uganda

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

Frederieke Muijs

Young Expert at TU Delft - Uganda

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

YEP Role

Currently I am responsible for executing a number of tasks. I spend about a third of my time developing the TAHMO business model. THAMO stands for Trans Africa Hydro Meteorological Observatory. It aims to set up over 20,000 stations across sub-Sahara Africa. In addition to this, I function as the local project coordinator for TU-Delft projects taking place in the area. As project coordinator I help write project proposals and help manage projects which have been selected. Last but not least, I help with the implementation and execution of tailor made trainings on entrepreneurship. For more information about TAHMO look here:

Click here for more information about my project.



Agricultural value chains, inclusive business, rural agriculture, climate smart agriculture, entrepreneurship.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc Environmental Sciences Wageningen University with a major in environmental policy and a minor in environmental toxicology


Experience before YEP

Management trainee at Bakker Barendrecht, trader in fruit and vegetables. During my time as a trainee at Bakker Barendrecht I spent most of my time working in the sourcing department. Looking at sustainability of products and chemicals used during cultivation. Very interesting to work with farmers and products from across the globe.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Dutch Nigerian Student Business Challenge
From Sept. - Oct 2017 The Delft University of Technology was commissioned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency to organise and execute an 8 weeks lasting challenge whereby students had to work on more

Nigeria with the deputy ambassador to the The Embassy of The Netherlands