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.

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!

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 19 August

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Ruben van der Meulen - YEP Water at Acacia Water in Kenya

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

Rizka Akmalia

Young Expert at Deltares - Indonesia

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

YEP Role

I am working on water management projects in Deltares Indonesia, mainly focusing on the lowland area in Indonesia. As a Young Geodetic Expert, I play an active role in the data acquisition, processing and analyzing. My responsibilities are as follow:

  • Processing and analysis of LiDAR data to different purposes (surface elevation, vegetation characteristic, and water level monitoring)
  • Assisting assessment of impact canal blocking through analysis of LiDAR derived water level
  • Supervising field measurement on peat thickness and water level survey
  • Support in determining carbon emission factors for burned Acacia plantation (from pre- and post-fire LiDAR data)
  • Involvement in scientific publication on applied LiDAR processing methods.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Technical skill in mapping activities
  • Research skill on LiDAR data processing

  • Technical skill on GIS

  • Social Media


Nationality: Indonesian
Education: MSc. In Geomatic Engineering – University Teknologi Malaysia


Experience before YEP

After I graduated my bachelor degree in Geodesy, I worked in an offshore survey company, in data processing and delivering bathymetric data as a map. During my master degree, I published 4 papers on Terrestrial Laser Scanner data processing. Afterwards, I worked as a GIS assistant in Regional Development and Planning Agency in Jakarta Province for 8 months. Before I joined Deltares, I also worked as a teacher in Geomatic Engineering – Institut Teknologi Sumatera.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Flood mark survey in Lalang River
This week, Deltares team is conducting a field survey to measure the water level in rivers, canals, and flood marks/high water marks all through Lalang riverbanks in South Sumatera province. This more

Measuring the water level and flood mark

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Focus Group Discussion with TRG South Sumatera
Deltares participated on supporting local government's programme for peatland restoration. A focus group discussion was hosted by TRG South Sumatera in Palembang, to specifically address the current more

FGD between BRG, TRG and stakeholders in South Sumatera

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Peat Thickness Survey in Bengkalis Island
Bengkalis Island is a small Island in Riau Province. Last March, Deltares and ITB visited Bengkalis to conduct peat thick measurement. By using manual hand auger, we drill 298 points in order to more

Team members