YEP

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.

NEWS

YEP Effect 4 has been released!

During the YEP kick off of batch 15,  another new edition of YEP Effect has been officially launched: the fourth edition is now available!

YEP alumnus Jacques on TV!

Jacques Tuyishime, alumnus of YEP Programmes, is now Managing Director at Holland GreenTech in Rwanda. He has developed several skills during his time in YEP,  especially during the Personal Development Training!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 16th batch starts on 4 February 2019
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts


Jairo Alejandro Angel Escobar - YEP Water at Waterschap De Dommel in Colombia
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Click here for an overview of all YEP projects at Akvo RSR

Sandra van Soelen

Where is she now? WASH advisor at Simavi in the Netherlands
History

Young Expert at SNV - Kenya


YEP period 2013 - 2015, batch 1

YEP Role

I finished my master Sustainable Development, after which I was looking forward to start working in the WASH sector. My ambition was to develop myself as a development professional with international experience and with a focus on water management. Click here for more information about my project.

 

Skills

Research skills, structured and systematic working, interdisciplinary thinking and analytical mind-set. I have good writing skills, recently I wrote a scientific article and a master thesis. I am a curious person who likes to learn new things, developing myself and help other people with the work I am doing.

 

Background

Nationality: Dutch
Education: Master Sustainable Development at Utrecht University (September 2011-August 2013). Track: International Development and two research semesters, Bachelor Liberal Arts and Sciences Utrecht University (September 2008 – July 2011). Major in Environmental Sciences combined with Development Geography.

 

Experience before YEP

In the last years on the university, I had the opportunity to gain experience in the WASH and International Development sector in different ways.

  • Research internship by MetaMeta in Ethiopia (February – May 2013). I conducted a research on water-related conflicts around water systems in rural Ethiopia, focused on the management aspects and the relation between farmers and the local government
  • Research internship by SNV in Mwanza, Tanzania (February – May 2012). I conducted a research on community management of water points in Sengerema district for SNV Tanzania. I looked at the way the water points are managed now and how this can be improved
  • Peace of Mind Academy 2011, a program that works on international challenges of development and peace building. I worked with five other students on advising ADECOP, an NGO in DR Congo, on strategies and tools to fight for women's and girls' rights and basic services, such as water supplies, in DR Congo
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Contact

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History


Friday, August 21, 2015
Business Case Assignment
During the second year in the YEP programme, we are working on developing a business case. During this journey, I have learned that developing a business case is not as easy as it sounds and a lot of ...read more

The pre-paid handpump, one of the innovations piloted in Kenya

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Quarterly peer review meeting with the operators.
In May, it was time for the second quarterly review meeting with the 6 projects we are working with under the Public-Private community Partnerships. Representatives from the Water Users Association an...read more

Result of a brainstorm session on how to be in business

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Young Experts from Kenya visited Wandiege
In April, 9 young experts who are working in Kenya for different organisations, came together in Kisumu to share experiences about live and work in Kenya. This was a good opportunity to go to Manyatta...read more

Group picture during the visit