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.


Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 27 May

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the 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

Reynaldo Secor, Jr. - YEP Water at Vitens Evides International in Philippines

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

Mark van der Boon

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

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 12

YEP Role

Mark is working as a trainer and consultant for MDF in Bangladesh. Based in Dhaka, he will be contributing to projects and activities related on Agri-food, humanitarian aid, and business development. MDF Bangladesh was established in 2015 and seeks expend her activities. MDF Bangladesh aims to further expand its activities in the private sector, especially in the sectors of post-secondary education, water and the readymade garment (RMG) industry. MDF’s activities include trainings & consultancies, evaluations and partnership building.

Click here for more information about his project.



  • Intercultural communication
  • Project planning and coordination

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc International Development Studies, Major in Sociology of Development from Wageningen University,  BSc in International Land and water Management from Wageningen University. 


Experience before YEP

Consultant on Food security in Zimbabwe for NGO ‘Turning Matabeleland Green’ 

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Monday, January 28, 2019
A Selection Workshop for VEI and Dhaka WASA
MDF Bangladesh and Vitens Evides International (VEI) are collaborating to develop interactive training modules on Non-Revenue Water and District Metered Areas. A part of the corresponding training more

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Project management Training for BKMEA
Mark van der Boon and Syed Nuruddin were asked by GIZ to conduct a three-day training on project management for BKMEA (Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association). The training took more

Saturday, December 15, 2018
A winning proposal for the Orange Knowledge Programme
In December 2018, MDF Bangladesh got the great news that their proposal for a Tailor-made training trajectory of Orange Knowledge Programme had won. The proposal was written by Mark van der Boon and more