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.


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New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

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

Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

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
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Loay Alatrash - YEP Water at Wereld Waternet in Palestinian Territories

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

Eden Demissie Debela

Where is she now? Senior Staff Assistant at United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia

Young Expert at Acacia Water - Ethiopia

YEP period 2017 - 2020, batch 11

YEP Roles

YEAR 2 - 2019-2020

Project Support Officer- Acacia Water BV, providing analysis on current policies, directives and laws pertaining to Water in Ethiopia. Serving as focal point for liaising with region and Federal Government water offices for the  Ziway-Shalla basin project.


YEAR 1 - 2017-2018

Project coordinator of Safe Drinking Water Ethiopia project, by:

  • Developing a household water filter business case for the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sectors;
  • Refining project plans funded by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency for safe drinking water in Ethiopia, executed by public-private partnership between Amhara Regional Bureau of Health, Resilience BV, iDE Ethiopia, and Shayashone PLC.

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  • Project development
  • Project coordination and management
  • Market research and customer segmentation 
  • Operation Administration and coordination 
  • Knowledge of Substantive and international Law and Legal Procedure
  • Organization, and problem-solving
  • Intercultural communication skills and adaptiveness 
  • Marketing and Communications 


Nationality: Ethiopian
Education: LLB (Bachelor of Laws Degree) Bahirdar University


Experience before YEP

  • Programme Development Consultant - Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
  • Procurement Assistant - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Sneior Staff Assistant - United Nations Economic Comission for Africa
  • Project Coordinator - SDWE
  • Operations Coordinator and Office Services Administrator - Mckinsey and Company Ethiopia
  • Marketing and Communication Manager - British Council Ethiopia
  • Assistant Judge - Federal First Instance Labor Court of Ethiopia
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Thursday, June 8, 2017
Advocating safe drinking water in South Gondar
River Ribie, is one of the water sources for the community living in South Godar, Fogera woreda Kokit kebele. Majority of the community have pull pumps but contamination of water and lack of cleaning more

River Riebe, the drinking water source for the community in Kokit