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

Selma van der Haar - YEP Agrofood at Tropenbos International in Kenya

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

Andini Kamayana

Where is she now? Communications and Fundraising Officer at ICCO Cooperation Indonesia

Young Expert at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. - Indonesia

YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 6

YEP Role

I worked as a Business Development Officer (BDO) and Junior Trainer/Consultant at the MDF office in Bali, Indonesia. From the business development side, my task was to generate new business for the company and to maintain current client relationships. As a junior trainer/consultant, I developed and undertook trainings alongside my colleagues on topics such as: results-based management, management skills, outcome mapping and the Most Significant Change theory. For YEP Water, MDF would like to contribute to a more sustainable water sector in Indonesia by building on their ‘soft-skill’ capacities through trainings on Project Management, Results-based Management and M&E amongst others. These ‘soft-skills’ will ideally complement the (‘hard’) technical skills they already have.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Communications & Reporting
  • Information Management
  • Results-oriented, team player, adaptable
  • Strong IT skills: Microsoft Office, Adobe (Reader, Illustrator, InDesign), Social Media, Web-based Management Systems (Wordpress, Drupal)
  • Multicultural background

Nationality: Indonesian
Education: MA International Social Development, University of East Anglia, UK
BA Behavioural Studies, Monash University, Australia


Experience before YEP

  • Information & Advocacy Consultant, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Reporting Consultant, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Junior Coordination Consultant, United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office (UN RCO) in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Gender Mobilization Assistant (Volunteer), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Advocacy & Research Intern (Internship), Coalition to address Sexual Exploitation of Children in Cambodia (COSECAM) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Thursday, October 8, 2015
Jumping Online
Week 2, Day 4 of the YEP Water training with my fellow YEPpers in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. Today we're putting ourselves out into the 'online world' and thanks to Lissy from AKVO, we're learning more

YEP Online Training