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

Mark van der Boon - YEP Agrofood at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. in Bangladesh

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

John Kaluba

Young Expert at Aquaquest - Zambia

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 13

YEP Role

Hydrogeologist at Aquaquest limited, a water supply consultancy company in Zambia.

Aquaquest Ltd. – part of the WE Group – is a water supply consultancy active in East and Southern Africa. The company assists farmers, mining companies and housing projects without access to surface water by providing hydrogeological assessments and geophysical field surveys and by supervising borehole drilling and development. My main duties are:

  • Groundwater assessment and Monitoring
  • Geophysical field surveys
  • Hydraulic tests
  • Supervision of borehole drilling and development
  • Borehole assessments
  • Analysis of data in Qgis and report writing

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Geology
  • Hydrogeology Expert
  • Qgis

Nationality: Zambian
Education: Bachelor of Mineral Science in Geology at University of Zambia


Experience before YEP

Undergraduate Internships:

  • March – April 2013: Lubambe copper Mine-Mineral exploration for the extension of the mine.
  • June – July 2014: Soil sampling for Copper assessment in Chongwe district, Zambia.
  • August – September 2014: Underground mine dewatering for Lubambe copper mine
  • September – December 2016: Hydrogeologist Aquaquest Limited
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Friday, September 14, 2018
Flushing and drilling of a borehole at Masuku mission
Last month September my colleague and I spent a week in Choma working on the Masuku mission water supply project for the United Church of Zambia. For a long time Masuku mission has suffered from a more

Masuku mission Choma district, Southern Province of Zambia.

Friday, April 6, 2018
Geophysical survey at Zambian Air Force
Aquaquest carried out a geophysical survey at the Zambian Air Force base located in Mumbwa district, Lusaka province. The objective of the geophysical survey was to identify locations for drilling more

Zambia Air Force base

Monday, January 29, 2018
Zambia Waterstewardship Master Class
I participated in the Zambia Water Stewardship Master Class, which was held at Fringilla Lodge in Chibombo Zambia from 22nd January to 24th January 2018. The programme was held under the theme: more

Doing a group assignment during the Zambia Water Stewardship Master Class