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.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

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

Florentine Dirks - YEP Agrofood at Wageningen University & Research in Ethiopia

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

Hanna Habtemariam

Young Expert at Alterra - Ethiopia

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

YEP Role


  • Contribute to the acquisition of small and medium projects

Project plan and execution:

  • Formulate a problem statement as a basis for project execution
  • Provide new ideas for complementary research
  • Provide from own research field, new insights in the application of research methods and technologies


  • Report on research results in reports and scientific publications

Project management:

  • Obtain experience in Monitoring and Evaluation of the impact of medium and small research projects
  • Obtain experience in management of tasks within a large or medium projects

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Good command of English language
  • Sound skill and experience on computer basic applications and analytical software such as, SPSS, sigma plot

Nationality: Ethiopian

  • PhD candidate in environmental science at Addis Ababa University: Addis Ababa Ethiopia since 2014
  • Addis Ababa University: Addis Ababa Ethiopia in 2011, MSc. in environmental science
  • -Bahir dar university: Bahir Dar Ethiopia in 2006, in BED degree in Biology 

Experience before YEP

Debretabor University from 23/1/2012-07/12/2013

Position: lecturer

Major responsibility: conducted lecture. I have done research and community service, advised students on how to conduct appropriate research and evaluated their work.

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