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.


Employ a Young Expert; submit your proposal before October 11th

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New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

Organisations: deadline project submission

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

11 October 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Michael Nelemans - YEP Water at Wetlands International in Ethiopia

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

Kidist Ketema Bekele

Where is she now? Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer at Woord en Daad and Project Management Coordinator at Waterschap Zuiderzeeland, Ethiopia

Young Expert at Waterschap Zuiderzeeland - Ethiopia

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 12

YEP Role


I am working for Awash Basin Authority (AwBA) under the Basin High council Secretariat office to work in the duties of the Basin High Council (BHC) secretariat and Water Governance Implementation Program (WGIP) to work on Partners for Water (PvW) project on optimising water use in Awash Awash.
Click here for more information about my project.



Practical, critical mind, decisive and insightful



Nationality: Ethiopian
Education: BSc in Water Resource and Environmental Engineering, MSc in Water Resource management 


Experience before YEP

Assistance lecturer in Bahir Dar institute of Technology, Ethiopia 

YEP Water


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