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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Our Young Experts

Matthijs van Rijn - YEP Energy at One to Watch B.V. in Nepal

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

Toon van den Heuvel

Where is he now? Coordinator Environment at Darling Ingredients International, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Vitens Evides International - Ghana

YEP period 2013 - 2015, batch 1

YEP Role

Within the YEP program I was a project officer for Vitens Evides International with experience in project management abroad, responsible for the implementation of an EU funded project; Capacity development in water quality monitoring and surveillance in Ghana. Alongside this project I had an active role in acquisition.
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I am able to find technical solutions for complex problems in a cooperative way, using my engineering background as well as an interdisciplinary approach.
My experience and interest lies in working in interdisciplinary and multicultural project teams, especially in the water sector, and I feel comfortable networking and exchanging experiences and knowledge with people. My ability to serve as a liaison between private, NGO and governmental partners has proven to be effective. I feel comfortable in this role as knowledge bridge, linking Dutch and foreign people to attain optimal outcomes.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: My educational background is in chemical engineering and environmental science with a focus on water treatment


Experience before YEP

2013: Project Officer Vitens Evides International. Monitoring, supporting and coordinating Vitens Evides International´s projects in Ghana. Acting as a knowledge bridge between the office in the Netherlands and local project partners in Ghana. This means maintaining contacts with local partners as well as communicating and developing new project proposals.

2012: Thesis research on ecological effects of nutrient enrichment in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Worked in the office of the Delta Stewardship council applying the Dutch ecological assessment system for water bodies, developed by STOWA, on Californian water bodies. Resulting in two recommendations. For the Delta Stewardship Council to develop a general ecological assessment system, possibly by using the Dutch method for inspirational purpose and for Sacramento regional wastewater treatment plant to consider more innovative treatment technologies in cooperation with Dutch WWTPs.

2012: Interned and researched at Maris Projects B.V., Schijndel. Constructed a nitrogen balance for a bioreactor, which used algae to remove nutrients and pollutants from domestic wastewater. Mainly focused on gaseous nitrous oxide emissions from these systems. Finished a report on biological mechanisms causing the emissions for the company.

2011: Consulted for the Norwegian organization Kysten er klar to reinvigorate coastal areas in the municipalities of Hitra and Frøya through integrated development of aquaculture, commercial fisheries and tourist-led recreational fisheries.

In particular, conducted a scientific assessment of opportunities and trade-offs that may occur within and between these three sectors. Attempted to maximize employment and job satisfaction, while at the same time protecting the current level of coastal (environmental) resources. Main tasks involved preparing and executing the project for this client as part of an interdisciplinary and intercultural team and contributing to a report.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
EU Water Quality Management Training Ghana Water Company Ltd.
Koforidua, 30th June to 3rd July 2015. Under the EU capacity building project on water quality monitoring and surveillance 38 water quality managers, -supervisors and -officers were trained on more

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
EU Water Quality Management Training Ghana Water Company Ltd.
Koforidua, 30th June to 3rd July 2015. Under the EU capacity building project on water quality monitoring and surveillance 38 water quality managers, -supervisors and -officers were trained on more

Monday, May 18, 2015
EU water quality documentary aired online
Accra-May 2015. After the successful launch of the documentary "Ghana Water, Our Water: Quality First" the short version has aired online. It was produced by Creative Storm, a Ghanaian production more