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.


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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
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Peter Bervoets

Where is he now? Resident Project Manager at Vitens Evides International Kenya

Young Expert at Vitens Evides International - Kenya

YEP period 2013 - 2015, batch 1

YEP Role

Vitens Evides International is collaborating with East African WSPs to support Non-Revenue Water reduction. The approach includes benchmarking and collective learning, based on exchange of best practices and targeted technical and organisational support by experts of VEI. A demonstration project in Nakuru has resulted in Non-Revenue Water reduction from 45%->5%. These results were in a phase of upscaling towards other chosen WSPs in East Africa. In this project I fulfilled the role as Non-Revenue Water Expert; coaching and assisting the companies as well as sharing knowledge and facilitating between companies in the region on Non-Revenue Water.
Click here for more information about my project.



Goal minded, confident, energetic, clear and always searching for a new challenge is how people describe me. I have studied Mechanical Engineering with a commercial minor. This has made me a generalist. I have been working in the energy business and now in the water business on Non-Revenue Water, which is touching every aspect in a water company, from technical to financial and from commercial to HR.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: Rotterdam University, School of Applied Sciences, Bachelor Mechanical Engineering, September 2004 – July 2008


Experience before YEP

  • Evides Waterbedrijf, Management trainee (Augustus 2011 – August 2013); As management trainee I have been working with different departments on different projects to get as much experience as possible within the water company. I’ve been working on the following projects:
    • Research & Development at Evides Industrial water
    • Non-Revenue Water at Vitens Evides International
    • Trend validation of the DMAs at the department Control Centre
    • Assessing maintenance of the production locations of Evides
  • Viessmann Nederland, Product Marketing Manager & Accountmanager (September 2008 – Augustus 2011); Sales of the whole range of products of Viessmann (1,5 kW – 25 MW) in Utrecht and Gelderland and making marketing plans for heating which uses renewable energy.
  • Eneco, Innovative researcher (February 2008 – July 2008 (Internship)); Marketing plan, analysing of the opportunities and threats for Eneco, if renewable energy would become the standard in Dutch households.
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Friday, July 20, 2018
Project closure - the results!
Coming August, the water operator partnership between NAIVAWASS, VEI and SNV, with support of the County Government of Nakuru and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nairobi will come to more

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Proposal for full-scale fluoride removal plant
By Hugo Vreugdenhil: VEI together with NAIVAWASS, dr. Ecker GmbH and the Nakuru defluorination company developed a proposal ( more

HAp innovation presented at the WASPA meeting.

Thursday, February 15, 2018
In-house basic operator training
During the project in Naivasha it became clear that we can help the operators to improve the level of maintenance and operation. The most import skills were the basics to operate and maintain the more