YEP

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.

NEWS

New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

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


Katrien van Krieken - YEP Water at Resilience B.V. in Mozambique
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Click here for an overview of all YEP projects at Akvo RSR

Amrit van der Lelij

Where is he now? Research Consultant at Deltares, Indonesia
History

Young Expert at Deltares - Indonesia


YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

YEP Role

SWF & IKI

The sustainable water fund (SWF) and International Climate Initiative (IKI) are two projects that are very closely related to one another. In a certain way, IKI is a follow up on SWF.

SWF is a large pilot study aimed at testing and refining a method to restore mangrove habitat using “building with nature” (BwN) techniques. The method is tested on the coast of Central Java, Semarang. People living on and near the coast have to deal with increased periods of inundation which also occur more frequently. The reason: coastal erosion and subsidence. As a solution, we proposed a BwN technique: The construction of semi permeable dams which attenuate waves which promotes the settlement of sediment. The construction is stepwise refined as we “learn by doing”.

 

IKI builds on the foundation laid out by SWF by constructing more of these dams throughout the project site. Coastal Communities are also engaged as their involvement in the project is critical to the success. The communities provide maintenance and are advised not to continue cutting down mangroves for firewood and aquaculture farms. The project offers them financial compensation.

For both these projects, Deltares conducts literature and field studies. Our roll as knowledge institute is to the processes that govern these eroding mangrove systems and how the dams can best be utilized.

 

NCICD

The National Capital Integrated Coastal Development Project (NCICD) aims to ensure the prevention of flooding in Jakarta. Just like Semarang (and many other cities on Java for that matter) Jakarta is also subsiding. However, unlike Semarang, this is a city with over 20 million people, with 4-5 million living close to the coast.

The main role of Deltares is to understand the hydrological system: The causes and effects of subsidence. Deltares identifies knowledge and data gaps, verifies quality of the data, transfers the knowledge to all parties involved and ensures they are well informed in order to facilitate decision making. My role here is to help set up a means of data sharing, i.e. data management system. I do this in close collaboration with the Indonesian knowledge institute PusAIR. They are in the lead, and we support them. 


Click here for more information about my project.

 

Skills

  • Developing plans for Intergrated coastal zone management 
  • Working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-ethnic teams
  • Setting up and conducting in situ biological research 
  • Developing GIS-based maps and using Based software
  • Developing scripts and algorithms using software language: python 
  • Working closely with experts on many different subjects related to integrated coastal zone management 
  • Working closely with software developers on subjects pertaining to data science, data analyses, and data dissemination
Background

Nationality: Dutch
Education: Master Marine Biology 

 

Experience before YEP

3 Year work experience at Detlares

1 year freelancer Marine Biologist 

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