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.


Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 21):

10 May 2020

Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 27 May

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

Maria Paula Rincon - YEP Water at aQysta in Colombia

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

Lieke Hulshof

Where is she now?

Young Expert at Justdiggit - Tanzania

YEP period 2017 - 2018, batch 14

YEP Role

Project Coordinator Tanzania for a large-scale regreening program in the Dodoma region, Tanzania. This project is a collaboration between the organisations Justdiggit (Dutch) and LEAD Foundation (Tanzanian) and aims to restore the degraded landscape of a region as large as The Netherlands. As a Monitoring and Evaluation expert operating locally, my tasks were the following:

  • Support the setup and execution of Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the program. Coordination of the uptake of research tools such as the creating digital surveys and monitoring forms, designing focus group discussions, producing measurement materials for farmers.
  • Coordinating the execution of data collection for the baseline study with a team of local enumerators in close collaboration with MetaMeta.
  • Deliver on-the-job assistance in updating and creating creative content on different platforms such as website, educative materials and movement activities.
  • Tasks concerning the assurance of a good collaboration between Justdiggit and LEAD Foundation. Being an important link between the three organisations Justdiggit, LEAD Foundation and MetaMeta; good communication and monitoring is needed to assure the coherence, quality and the effectiveness within the program.

Click here for more information about my project.



Passionate about sustainability, creativity and social entrepreneurship. Enjoying very much to work in an international setting, creating and sharing together. Open-minded, positive and reflective. Loving to take up diverse personal learning goals in an independent way, at the same time working closely together in a team. Everywhere I go, I take my developed sense of understanding, compassion and kindness with me.



Nationality: Dutch

  • Bsc. Social Geography & Planning at University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Msc. Urban Sociology at University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Experience before YEP

Coordinating starting activities at a community center at Sustainable Rural Initiatives, rural West Kenya as volunteer. This project aims to stimulate local villagers to become more empowered, educated and skilled in diverse activities, such as tailoring, reading, computer, agricultural activities and carpentry. After this, an internship at Justdiggit to set up and test Monitoring and Evaluation tools for Justdiggits project. The development of Justdiggit’s M&E Framework is done in close collaboration with MetaMeta.

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