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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Sarah Hassan Ali

Where is she now? WASH project officer at DIBcoop and doing a Master International Relations

Young Expert at DIBcoop - Kenya

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 12

YEP Role

WASH project officer at Women and Childcare Organization (WOCCA) Kenya/Somalia. WOCCA is one of the leading local NGOs in the south central region of Somalia implementing WASH projects for IOM, Somali humanitarian fund and UNICEF. As a Young Expert my responsibilities are:

  • Developing WASH proposals and budget developments for new calls for partnerships,
  • Planning and overseeing the overall implementation of projects, conducting CLTS triggering sessions,
  • Capacity building trainings of Water management committees,
  • Facilitating negotiations on the formation of management structures,
  • Supervision on construction work (borehole drilling, well rehabilitation, solar pump installations, water kiosks, laying of distribution pipes, latrine constructions) and ensuring that the structures adhere to sphere standards and WASH Cluster technical guidelines.

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I am a highly motivated, pro-active individual with the ability to learn quickly and adapt to challenging environments. I thrive in cross-cultural environments and equipped with time management and communication skills, I am able to build partnerships and deliver projects on time.


Nationality: Kenyan
Education: Bsc in Industrial Engineering from Gaziantep University Turkey, Diploma in Project management from the Kenya Institute of Management


Experience before YEP

2014-2015: I worked as an intern in the quality control department in Doğan Yildiz Taah İnşaat Nak, a petroleum tank manufacturing company based in Ankara Turkey. My main task was to conduct quality tests on raw materials before it was sent to the production area. My second Internship was at Sanko Super Film in Gaziantep Turkey. The company manufactures high quality packaging materials and technical films for the European and Asian market. During my internship I learnt about the intricacies involved in manufacturing processes, total quality management and conducted several time and line balancing studies on manufacturing processes.


2015-2016: I worked as a technical sales engineer and a field officer with Yilmaz Company Ltd in Nairobi Kenya. The company deals with petrol station automation system, petroleum pumps and pump accessories. My main task was to introduce clients to new technologies regarding management of fuel stations. 

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Workshop on Water Resource mapping for Somalia
From 26th February to 28th i had the pleasure of attending a water resourrce mapping workshop organized by Unicef Somalia in Nairobi. The aim of the workshop was to bring together the relevant more

Workshop at Lord Eroll hotel Nairobi

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
WASH/Nutrition/Health IERT project Kickoff Meeting, Mogadishu, Somalia
On 20th January 2018, a kickoff meeting for the WASH/Nutrition/Health IERT project titled “Integrated Emergency Response Team for WASH, Nutrition and Health for crisis-affected populations in more

IERT project kickoff meeting in Mogadishu, Somalia

Friday, November 17, 2017
Agriprofocus Kenya, Smart Climate Agriculture
On 15 November 2017,I attended the Agriprofocus Kenya networking event, the main theme of the event was Investing in Climate change Agriculture to enhance food security in changing climate.Many more

Panelists from SNV, Conservation Agriculture,Hivos and AMIRAN