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.


YEP Information Event September 3rd

Interested in employing an enthusiastic motivated young professional on your international project? Join our online YEP Information Event on September 3rd!

Candidates: apply for one YEP position now!

We are looking for a perfect Dutch candidate for a YEP Energy position at Hypoport BV South Africa! You can apply until 9 August 2020.

New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

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

Daniel Hurtado Ospina - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Colombia

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

Suzanne van Huijgevoort

Where is she now? Associate at AccountAbility, United States

Young Expert at ICCO Cooperation - Cambodia

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 13

YEP Role

As a Programme Officer at ICCO Cambodia, I will be working on a number of projects concerning sustainable agriculture and fisheries, responsible business and economic empowerment. My main tasks include program development, implementation and M&E. Moreover, I will conduct and organize trainings and workshops for various stakeholders, participate in national and international networks and write or assist proposals and business propositions. I will work closely together with my Cambodian YEP colleague Sinat Hin

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project development and implementation
  • Organization of trainings, events and workshops
  • Research
  • Stakeholder engagement and network building
  • Writing and communication 

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MA in Global Studies (Freiburg University, University of Cape Town and Chulalongkorn University, Thailand) with a specialization in sustainable development and food systems. BA in History and BA in International Relations (Utrecht University)


Experience before YEP

  • Project Officer at MVO Nederland: research, project management and communication for various projects concerning CSR, responsible business practices and international supply chains
  • Course Assistant at Centre for Innovation, Leiden University: organization and coordination of bachelor courses on big data, responsible innovation and conflict/human rights
  • Intern at the World Food Programme of the UN: conducting due diligence research of prospective donors in the agri-food sector on their compliance with the UN Guiding Principles
  • International work and study experience in Costa Rica, South Africa, Namibia, Thailand, Italy and Germany 
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017
YEP visit to Urban Farmers The Hague
As part of the YEP training session, we visited the Urban Farmers in The Hague to learn more about urban farming and more

Urban Farmers The Hague