The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, 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 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) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

YEP Effect 4 has been released!

During the YEP kick off of batch 15,  another new edition of YEP Effect has been officially launched: the fourth edition is now available!

YEP alumnus Jacques on TV!

Jacques Tuyishime, alumnus of YEP Programmes, is now Managing Director at Holland GreenTech in Rwanda. He has developed several skills during his time in YEP,  especially during the Personal Development Training!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 16th batch starts on 4 February 2019
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Sujan Dulal - YEP Agrofood at aQysta in Nepal

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

Celestine Kilongosie

Young Expert at Meta Meta - Kenya

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 14

YEP Role


As a Young Expert, I am working for the flood-based livelihoods network on the project Africa to Asia: testing adaptation in flood-based resource management, focusing on the Kenya Country Chapter outputs. In addition, I support the DryDev program at ICRAF and support organising its activities. The key activities are:

  • Promoting and strengthening partnership with different stake holder levels at local, national, regional and international levels.
  • Provide technical expertise on water resource management in the flood prone areas.
  • Coordination of project activities, project management, monitoring and evaluation
  • Community mobilization and capacity development on diverse research activities e.g. mapping of flood-based areas in the country and practical application of the flood water.
  • Preparation of promotion materials
  • Enhancing visibility of the assigned tasks by writing success story articles, journal articles, research papers, books, blogs and practical notes.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Coordination of Project Activities, Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Community mobilization and capacity development on diverse research activities
  • Experimental design, setting up flood based livelihood experiments and field trial using different soil moisture conservation treatments, taking quantitative measurement for growth performance of crops
  • Designing and construction of water harvesting structures e.g. earth dams and water pans
  • Water resource management
  • Good communication skills
  • Team working skills
  • Creative and critical thinking

Nationality: Kenyan
Education: MSc. Agricultural Engineering (Specialization Soil and water engineering) – Finalizing, BSc. Agricultural Engineering


Experience before YEP

  • 2017, Feb - 2018, Feb; Research fellow at world Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Conducted socio-economic and biophysical assessment of the potential of FBLS in Kajiado County and the economic benefits of the invasive species in flood prone areas. Wrote a blog on Calotropis procera. Conducted a research on the use of soil moisture and weather sensors for live monitoring of Seredo Sorghum under flood based farming system in Kamukuru, Kajiado (MSc research).
  • 2015, June- December; Sales and marketing with Jayden agencies
  • 2013, June- September; Intern at Kenya Seed Company. Focused on irrigation management.
  • 2012, June-September; Egerton University workshop technology internship. General engineering knowledge and expertise.
  • 2011, June-September; Intern at the Kenyan ministry of agriculture (Department of agricultural mechanization). Focused on the design and construction of water harvesting structures e.g. earth pans and earth dams
  • 2008, January- 2009, August; Sales and marketing with Zain Company 
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