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.


Wanted: new YEP candidates for YEP positions!

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Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Elske Möring - YEP Water at Van Essen Instruments in Colombia

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

Johannes Dunnewolt

Young Expert at We Consult - Zambia

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 14

YEP Role

Water Development Professional at Aquaquest.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Geo) Hydrology
  • Water Resource Management
  • Modelling water systems

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc Water Management, Delft University of Technology; BSc International Land and Water Management, Wageningen University


Experience before YEP

  • Geohydrologist at CWG Ingenieurs b.v., Bergschenhoek Netherlands
  • Junior Consultant Urban Water Management at Van Hoof Project & Watermanagement, Bergschenhoek Netherlands
  • Multidisciplinary Project on Integrated Water Management at GIZ GmbH, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
  • Research Internship at the Soil Erosion Research Station, Kfar Monash Israël
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Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Zambia YEP intervision weekend
Zambia YEP intervision weekend; Dates: 26th to 28th of October 2018; Venue: Gwabi Lodge, Chirundu; The YEP weekend was attended by the following YEPers ; - YEP batch 9: Stephan Mwape (alumni) more


Thursday, June 21, 2018
Drilling Boreholes at the Mukuyu Farm
The Mukuyu Farm is located to the North of Lusaka and is reliant on irrigation during the dry season. In a previous phase of the project my colleges at Aquaquest did geophysical surveying and pilot more

Reaming a production well

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Technical proposal for the Mawa Saniation and Hygiene (WASH) Project
One of my first projects at Aquaquest was to assist in writing a technical proposal for the USAID funded Mawa, Saniation and Hygiene (WASH) project implemented by the Catholic Relief Services of more

Inspecting existing handpumps