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.


Feasibility Study YEP Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

At this moment, a fesibility study is being carried out to investigate the added value of a YEP Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (YEP SRHR).

Evaluation YEP Programmes

Currently, YEP Programmes is being evaluated by Ecorys. We would appreciate your full cooperation, in order to continue YEP Programmes, hopefully with an extension to other sectors!

“Never a boring day!” - Business development in Zambia

Our Young Expert Bram de Vries is a Young Expert, who is working as a Business Developer of VDS A'campo/Holland Greentech in Zambia. Bram has written a blog about his activities and his life as Young Expert!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 15th batch starts on 17 September 2018

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (16th batch):

15 October 2018

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 5 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Luuk Brinkman - YEP Water at Royal HaskoningDHV in Vietnam

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

Yeusuf Ahmed

Young Expert at Mott MacDonald - Bangladesh

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 12

YEP Role

Currently I am working for Euroconsult Mott MacDonald, Bangladesh on "Second Chittagong Hill Tracts Rural Development Project (CHTRDP-II)", funded by ADB. Through this project, the Government of Bangladesh is intended to provide safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, market linkages, high-value potential commodities, participatory watershed management, etc. to the rural people of isolated hilly areas of the country.


My role is to assist Monitoring & Evaluation Expert in collecting data on community infrastructure for irrigation, drinking water and micro-agriculture development; support team leader with preparation of quarterly and annual reports and workplans; collect information on the promotion of agricultural value chains from other projects for the benefit of Common Interest Groups of irrigation and micro-agricultural development subcomponents. 

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Adaptive Delta Management
  • Hydrology
  • Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
  • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of water and energy sector projects
  • Flood Risk Assessment and Management

Nationality: Bangladeshi
Education: BSc in Water Resources Engineering with a major in Hydrology (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology) 


Experience before YEP

  • Formulation of strategies and developing concepts for adaptive delta management, adaptation pathway generation, also spatial planning with emphasis on water, land, environment, disaster management etc.
  • Working with exemplary tools and technologies to support Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) and Climate Smart Development in rural areas.
  • Analyzing development project interventions and alternatives, hydrological analysis, interpreting steady, hydro-dynamic, rainfall runoff and salinity results.
  • Conducting Social Survey Tools (FGD, RRA, PRA and KII), operating high-tech in-situ water quality measuring instruments; prepare reports and other deliverables; maintain client interactions, etc.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Excursion in Maasvlakte 2
To observe the major civil engineering project in the Netherlands. This is an example of state-of-art technology for Delta Management. more

Storm surge barrier at Maasvlakte 2