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.


Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 19):

15 October 2019

Preparatory training course

Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November

Training of the 19th batch starts on 20 January 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 4 November

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
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Our Young Experts

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Loes van der Pluijm

Young Expert at Meta Meta - Kenya

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 12

YEP Role


As a Young Expert, I work for MetaMeta and The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) supporting the Flood-Based Livelihoods Network (FBLN). My main focus is on the project Africa to Asia and Back Again: Testing Adaptation in Flood-based Livelihood Systems (FBLS). I am involved in all project components and my role is mainly to support project activities and contribute to project outputs. This includes staying in close contact with the FBLN country coordinators and interns (of 8 countries in Africa and Asia) to support them and ensure a smooth implementation of the project activities. On top of that, my task is to contribute to strengthening of the knowledge-base in FBLS by undertaking solution-oriented research and developing evidence based documentations (mainly practical notes, overview papers, guidelines and videos) and support capacity building activities (leadership course, internship programme and developing BSc and MSc curricula). Last but not least, I am working on FBLN communication by developing promotion material, managing the website and social media (Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp) and sharing outputs on those channels. I am very proud to be part of such an amazing network: it feels like one big family dedicated to improve the livelihoods of people in flood-based livelihood systems!

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  • Ability to link different sectors (water, land, economy) to promote sustainable development planning in an integrated way
  • Ability to maintain and coordinate constructive contact with stakeholders in the field of natural resource management
  • Ability to work independently
  • Able to live and work in a remote and challenging context
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural context
  • Networking skills and intercultural communication skills
  • Creative and critical thinking
  • Organised, hands-on and pro-active, motivational, open-minded, flexible and committed

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc International Land and Water Management at Wageningen University, The Netherlands with specialization in Irrigation and water management, BSc International Land and Water Management at Wageningen University, The Netherlands


Experience before YEP

  • Conducted biophysical and socio-economic assessment in Kenya (through farmer surveys and field-research) on Water Productivity and Smart water solutions for SNV Kenya under the Smart Water for Agriculture project (SWA). 
  • Conducted biophysical and socio-economic assessment on the status and potential of FBLS in three Kenyan counties including impact assessment of Tana River dams (through farmer surveys, stakeholder meetings and field-research). This assessment was part of the project: Africa to Asia, testing adaptation in flood-based resource management in partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MoWI), ICRAF and MetaMeta.
  • Assisting project-team of the Kenyan Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MowI) on assessment of environmentally, socially and technically feasible sites for construction of small-dams and water-pans as research internship.
  • Conducted an assessment and research report on social and technical aspects of Small-Scale Irrigation schemes (through farmer surveys and field-research) in Ethiopia in collaboration with WUR, Unesco-IHE, Arba Minch University (AMU) and MetaMeta for MSc thesis.
  • Consultant for Irrigation Community Riegos de Alcoi concerning socio-technical Hydraulic heritage conservation assessment (through farmer surveys, stakeholder meetings and field-research).
  • Socio-economic assessment of contract-farming practices in Tomatlan, Mexico by contract-farming enterprise Mexproduce for research internship.
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