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

Sydney Liwewe - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Malawi

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

Mariano Zeinnico

Where is he now? Python Developer at M+ Software, Indonesia

Young Expert at Deltares - Indonesia

YEP period 2017 - 2018, batch 11

YEP Role

I was part of the Deltares Indonesia team and worked as a Young Expert in operational water management. My responsibilities were developing mobile, web or desktop application using several programming languages like Java, Python, JavaScript, etc. I also contributed to give training some applications and programs to local people and clients, most are real time information applications and early warning systems about flood and water sector. Being part of operational water management was exciting, we should be aware when flood is coming, be ready to get dirty and dealing with people who are stakeholders in flood disasters. 

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  • Technical skills in information technology, such as coding and networking
  • Self-motivated & hardworking



Nationality: Indonesian
Education: Bachelor Degree of Informatics Engineering from Sanata Dharma Yogyakarta University, Indonesia


Experience before YEP

I have some experience regarding early warning system and informatics system, which are:

  • Researched, planned, and built landslide early warning system in Indonesia using FEWS and TRIGRS model,
  • Maintenance information system website about rainfall in Central Java Indonesia based on data from EWR Weather Scout radar.
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Thursday, June 8, 2017
YEP Training in Amersfoort
YEP Training Batch 11 : Training held in Amersfoort for 2 weeks, from 5 - 16 June 2016. more

Group Discussion at Fletcher Hotel