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

Michel Geerligs - YEP Energy at Advance Consulting in Kenya

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

Godlove Kihupi

Where is he now? Communication and Marketing Officer at Justdiggit

Young Expert at Justdiggit - Tanzania

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 14

Introduction to the project

To improve people’s livelihoods and climate change resilience in the Dodoma region, as part of the ultimate goal of re-greening Tanzania. Justdiggit partnered up with LEAD Foundation (based in Tanzania). The program will be implemented first in Kongwa District in Eastern part of the region; this has already started in December 2017.


YEP Role

My role in this project is communication and marketing specialist:

  • Contributing to the organisation’s communications strategy and creative methods using print, web based and multimedia to inform external audiences about LEAD Foundation and Justdiggit with the goal of increasing profiles of the two organisations. To develop positive online and offline awareness campaigns and education programs to inspire, unite and activate the entire generation in Dodoma region to re-green Dodoma. 

Other responsibilities

  • Online communication: Recommend ideas, improvements, and best practices to edit and refresh the organisation’s websites and blogs (in collaboration with other staff). Conceptualize and write stories for the organisation’s websites and blogs in collaboration with staff specialists.
  • To develop promotional materials: Collaborate with technical staff in writing and editing marketing materials, including capacity briefs. Undertake fact checking, writing and copy editing, and version control. Specific activities for this can be the printing of t-shirts, advertisement painting and other visual messages. Assist in developing materials to convey key program results and identify appropriate communication channels; facilitate the preparation and production of project reports, presentations, and other documents.
  • Social media: Manage the organisation’s social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Help set goals for the organisation’s social media presence; develop creative ways to meet those goals; and evaluate and measure progress.
  • Program support: Assist in documenting designated program results, provide day to day management and coordination of communications activities. Coordination rural outreach events, Conduct field visits as needed to accompany media visits, interview staff and beneficiaries, write human interest stories and take photos and video.
  • Public events: Attend relevant public events and conferences to promote LEAD Foundation and Justdiggit.
  • Internal communication: Manage the organisation’s communications and media resources and database.

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  • Programming skills
  • Marketing skills
  • Team work skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Creative and critical thinking

Nationality: Tanzanian
Education: BSc. Computer Science


Experience before YEP

Media Executive at Ogilvy advertising agency ( 04/2014 – 12/2014)

Media executive at Scanad advertising agency (1/2015- 4/2016)

Marketing Manager at Salt Media (05/2016 – 02/2018)

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Thursday, January 3, 2019
Media Gathering
Beginning of December we had our first official media gathering in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This is important for us, because we use the power of communication to scale up the Justdiggit re-greening more

Friday, March 2, 2018
The travelling cinema in Dodoma, Tanzania
Our ‘Kisiki Hai’ caravan about re-greening one of the most affected landscapes has been traveling around Central Tanzania for one month already, and in two months’ time it will visit 60 more