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

Abel Desta Belai - YEP Agrofood at Tradin Organic Agriculture B.V. in Ethiopia

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

Bernard Habimana

Young Expert at SNV - Rwanda

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

YEP Role

Monitoring, Evaluation &Learning (MEL) Officer, USAID-funded Isuku Iwacu Rwanda Rural Sanitation Activity, implemented in eight districts in Rwanda.

SNV leads a consortium with sub-partners Water for People and World vision. The aim of this sanitation-marketing program is to improve access to and encourage correct, consistent use of household sanitation and hygiene facilities to decrease childhood stunting and support the Government of Rwanda’s sanitation work.

A half of million beneficiaries gain access to market-based improved latrines and hand-washing stations and usage of improved sanitation& hygiene products and services as a project Goal. 

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH), Humanitarian and development programme proficiencies
  • Superior in Quantitative and Qualitative data collections (baselines surveys design , sampling,  data collection plan, Focus Group discussions, Case studies, Most significant of change, Data entry, quality assurance and findings presentations
  • Data analyst and presentation using various statistical software including SPSS, Excel spreadsheet, Access Databases, STATA and CSPRO
  • Used Information Technologies (ICT) Tools including internet, LinkedIn , Twitter
  • Designing performance indicators at inputs, outputs, outcomes and impact levels
  • Project cycle Management (LOGFRAME design, Theory of change, Indicators, project activities Implementation Plans)
  • Computer Literate , Superior in using of Microsoft programmes (Word, Excel,  PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Dropbox, MS project and Internet)
  • Worked with international development agencies (DFID, UNCHR, UNICEF, WFP, ECHO, and USAID)

Nationality: Rwandan
Education: Bsc in Economics/econometrics and Master of social sciences in development studies candidate


Experience before YEP

4 years background in researches and surveys activities

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