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 21):

10 May 2020

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

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

Celestine Kilongosi - YEP Agrofood at Meta Meta in Kenya

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

Jelmer van der Weide

Young Expert at Vitens Evides International - Malawi

YEP period 2017 - 2018, batch 13

YEP Role

The Malawian Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) has obtained funding from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance the “MALAWI NRWB WATER EFFICIENCY PROJECT” aimed at sustainable rehabilitating and expanding water services in Mzuzu city and Ekwendeni town.

The role indicated for me during the one year abroad is Programme Officer. A relatively free role within the project. The position is primarily focussed on supporting the key experts and keeping the NRWB’s tactical and operational departments active with respect to the findings and actions given by the key and short-term experts. My professional tasks are:

  • Support of the key experts
  • Support NRWB’s staff in Non-Revenue Water
  • Continuous persuasion of the tactical and operational departments to follow up given actions and findings by the (short-term) experts
  • Facilitate and guide workshops, work sessions and meetings
  • Writing and reviewing of reports considered as output to the EIB and NRWB
  • Data analysis (whether or not statistical)
  • Support in functional specification for procurement(s)

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project Management
  • Risk Management
  • Facilitation
  • Statistics
  • Non Revenue Water
  • Accounting
  • Chess

Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc Civil Engineering (TU Delft), MSc Construction, Management & Engineering (TU Delft)


Experience before YEP

2015-2017: Advisor Risk Management, Engineering Office, Municipality of Amsterdam, Amsterdam

2014-2015: Graduate Intern, Engineering Office, Municipality of Amsterdam, Amsterdam

2011-2014: CFO of real estate foundation, Stichting Sociëteit Sint Jansbrug, Delft

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Thursday, December 7, 2017
Projecthouse YEPper Jelmer J.
Hey all! Today I had my first full working day at the office of the Northern Region Water Board in Mzuzu! You could call it introductory, interesting and somewhat explorative. Because I thought more

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
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