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.


Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 19 August

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Nienke Keen - YEP Agrofood at AgriProFocus in Kenya

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

Mathijs Veenkant

Where is he now? Advisor at Council for the Environment and Infrastructure, the Netherlands

Young Expert at IRC - Ethiopia

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 12

YEP Role

Mathijs is working as a Research Advisor for IRC WASH in Ethiopia. Based in Addis Ababa, he will be contributing to a variety of projects and activities on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene. IRC’s Ethiopia Country Programme seeks to achieve universal access to sustainable Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) services in focus districts. IRC’s activities include partnership building, technical assistance, capacity building, research, solution finding and testing, communications and knowledge management. 

Click here for more information about his project.



  • Quantitative and qualitative research skills
  • Intercultural communication
  • Project planning and coordination


Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc International Land and Water Management, major in Adaptive Water Governance from Wageningen University. BSc in Soil, Water, Atmosphere


Experience before YEP


YEP Water


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Friday, November 16, 2018
Young Expert Programme return training
After having worked a year in their respective countries the YEP trainees returned to The Netherlands for two weeks of training. The training sessions covered: - personal development, - more

The Young Expert Programme

Thursday, October 11, 2018
REACH: improving household wells in Amhara region
As part of the REACH Water Security in Fragile Environments Project IRC WASH is promoting self improvement of household wells in Bahir Dar Zuria and South Mecha woredas in the Amhara region. The aim more

A view of one of the catchments

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Rallying for School WASH in Addis Ababa
Mathijs wrote a blog on the status of School WASH in Addis Ababa and developments in the NGO sector. It can be found on the IRC WASH website; more

Trend in NGO School WASH operations in 2017.