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.


Apply now: new YEP positions online!

We are looking for Dutch candidates for 7 new YEP positions!

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

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

Laurens Kuipers - YEP Agrofood at Orgaworld Nederland in Myanmar

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

Musthaq Ahamed

Young Expert at Bluerise B.V. - Sri Lanka

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 13

YEP Role

Project engineer at the Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) plant to be built in Sri Lanka. 

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project Management 

  • Solar PV Expert 

  • Electrical Engineering


Nationality: Sri Lankan

  • B.Sc. in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 
  • M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - Reading

Experience before YEP

Undergraduate Internships: 

  • Ceylon Electricity Board(CEB) - Electricity distribution network planning, Construction and it’s maintenance. Sri Lanka Telecom PLC - Gained theoretical knowledge on National transmission, CDMA technology, Power.
  • Protection and Air conditioning, International transmission and Optical fibre transmission as well as practical exposure on Telephone networks, ADSL, PEO TV and their Troubleshooting 
 Electrical Engineer: 
  • EcoPower Lanka Engineering (Pvt) Ltd - Planning, Installation supervision & Commissioning of Solar PV Systems

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