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

Emilinah Namaganda - YEP Agrofood at Shared Value Foundation in Uganda

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

Marleen Spieker

Young Expert at ZOA - Liberia

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 14

YEP Role

As a Young Expert in Water and Agrofood, I am based in Monrovia where I work at ZOA Liberia as a Junior Programme Advisor and as part of ZOA Liberia’s Country Management Team. Within this position, I play a vital advisory and expert role in the design, delivery and monitoring of ZOA’s programmes focused on livelihood development through sustainable agriculture, WASH, and rehabilitation of social cohesion and trust through capacity building and community based approaches.I am responsible for quality assurance with reference to Core Humanitarian Standards through close engagement, coaching and supervision within the national team and with partners so that ZOA achieves planned outcomes whilst building local skills and knowledge to support sustainability. In addition, I provide expertise in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning in ZOA’s programme and am dedicated to mainstream gender at project, programme and organizational level to contribute to meaningful and sustainable development in Liberia.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project management
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
  • Capacity building
  • Reporting 
  • Donor relations
  • Effective communication
  • Organisational skills

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc in International Development Studies (Utrecht University), BSc in Public Administration and Organisation Science (VU University Amsterdam)


Experience before YEP

  • Intern Migration Management Unit (2017) - International Organization for Migration, Special Liaison Office, Addis Ababa
  • Humanitarian Affairs Intern (2017) - United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Khartoum
  • Intern Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (UNSCR 1325) (2016) - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague
  • Research on gender, migration and urban poverty (2016) - The Horn Economic & Social Policy Institute, Addis Ababa
  • Graduate Recruiter a.i./Recruitment Assistant (2015, 2016 & 2017) - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Amsterdam
  • Research on the causes of the low success rate of the integration exam for immigrants in Amsterdam (2013) - Municipality of Amsterdam, Amsterdam
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Monday, December 10, 2018
Accountability workshops in Liberia
The ZOA Liberia team has been travelling throughout Liberia to improve its beneficiary accountability mechanisms. In November, the team conducted in eight project locations in five different counties more

Accountability workshop in Zorzor, Lofa County, Liberia

Thursday, July 5, 2018
Breakthrough - Manually drilled boreholes in Nimba County!
In Liberia, over one million people do not have access to clean water and as a result, over 500 children die each year from water-borne diseases. In both urban and rural areas, a significant more

ZOA officially handing over hand pumps to school administration

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Home Grown School Meals in Liberia
On 30 April 2018, ZOA Liberia launched its Home Grown School Meals Program at Dartu Ta Public School in Margibi County. The program is intended to improve the nutritional status of children, reduce more

School children waiting in line to receive their first meal