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
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Maria Paula Rincon - YEP Water at aQysta in Colombia

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

Selma van der Haar

Where is she now? Research Officer Impact Evaluation at CIFOR, Kenya

Young Expert at Tropenbos International - Kenya

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 13

YEP Role

Selma is a research officer in the Value Chains, Finance and Investment research team of the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) (through Dutch organisation Tropenbos International). Within the CGIAR programme Forests Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) she performs economic research on the effectiveness of different inclusive business models to improve smallholder livelihoods and combat deforestation and land degradation. Her projects include:

  • The piloting of a jurisdictional approach towards zero-deforestation commodities in two countries in Africa (tbd).
  • An analysis of the different types of oil palm smallholders in Indonesia and their ability to comply to the Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) standards and good agricultural practices. 
  • A collaboration with SNV studying the effects of a rehabilitation programme for cocoa smallholders in Ghana (SCAFS) and possible disincentives for deforestation for oil palm smallholders in Indonesia. 
  • A case study on a jurisdictional approach in Ghana that feeds into an international comparison of governance arrangements in existing jurisdictional approaches towards zero-deforestation. 

Click here for more information about her project.



  • Experience with both quantitative and qualitative policy research including impact evaluation
  • A curious mind and strong analytical skills
  • Currently further developing academic research skills including research design, data analysis, scientific writing and conference presentations
  • Knowledge of different commodity value chains in Africa and Asia (Indonesia) and smallholder inclusion
  • Project management skills, working together with (external) colleagues in different countries
  • Flexible and field proof

Nationality: Dutch
Education: Msc. Development Economics (WUR) & Msc. Health Economics (EUR)


Experience before YEP

Before joining CIFOR Selma worked as a consultant for APE Public Economics on the evaluation of several development programmes of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. See LinkedIn for more information.

YEP Agrofood


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