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

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New YEP positions will be available on 28 October
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
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Johannes Dunnewolt

Where is he now? Hydrologist at Vitens, The Netherlands

Young Expert at We Consult - Zambia

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 14

YEP Role

Role: Water Resources Consultant at Aquaquest ltd.


Since 2010 Aquaquest has been offering specialized cost effective water development and management advice to the water sector in Zambia and surrounding countries. Aquaquest works with commercial farmers, urban and rural developers and the mining sector in identifying, evaluating and executing groundwater and surface water based projects.

As a Water Resources Consultant my main responsibilities were:

  • Project management on hydrogeological and geophysical studies and surveys;
  • Fieldwork, supervision, data analysis and reporting in the field of water resources, water management, groundwater monitoring, hydrogeological and geophysical surveys;
  • Climate change adaptation modelling for large scale agricultural development;
  • Water resource assessments for urban, agricultural and industrial water supply;
  • Project acquisition, proposal writing and client liaison;
  • Training of technical local staff;


Check out my AKVO RSR page to read more about some of the projects: Link (



  • Hydrogeology

  • Water Resource Management

  • Project Management

  • Resistivity Methods

  • Groundwater Monitoring

  • Groundwater Modeling

  • Urban Water Management

  • Proposal Writing


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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Friday, October 4, 2019
Nkandabbwe Irrigation Scheme Rehabilitation
I would like to share an update of a project we recently worked on. This project in particular was a great experience for me because its main goal was to improve the livelihood of local smallholders. more

Lake Nkandabbwe

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