The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, 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 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) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.

Announcement: new deadlines for submitting YEP proposals!

New deadline for submitting YEP proposals: 30 June!!

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 17 and 18):

30 June 2018

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 18 July

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

John Cervera Lara - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Colombia

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

Roelof Gunnink

Young Expert at Xclusive - African Finest Cuttings B.V. - Uganda

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 13

YEP Role

In my YEP role I am a Business Analyst at Xclusive Uganda. Xclusive is a group of companies, active in flower cuttings, vegetables and biological control. It started more than 10 years ago, and the company has grown fast since then, currently employing 700 people. As a Business Analyst I will be responsible for (financial) analysis and reporting, investments, business improvement and coaching in the finance department. 


Click here for more information about my project.



  • Business analysis/improvement
  • Financial advisory
  • Connecting/teambuilding
  • Communication

Nationality: Dutch
Education: Business administration


Experience before YEP

I have been working for Rabobank before joining YEP Programmes and starting at Xclusive Uganda. I gained experience in (financial) advisory of SMEs and in my last year at Rabobank, I have been working at the large corporates department.

Before I started working I did my graduation internship in South Africa and in the beginning of 2017, I volunteered for a Tanzanian NGO which was responsible for the management of a large refugee camp in the North-west of the country. Furthermore I was a volunteer for Humanitas in the Netherlands. 

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