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

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
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Our Young Experts

Fjolla Lasku - YEP Water at Yuniko in Kosovo

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Ardjan Vermue

Where is he now? Applied research and capacity builder at Wageningen University & Research | Business unit Open Fields

Young Expert at Rode Kruis - Philippines

YEP period 2018 - 2019, batch 15

YEP Role

Ardjan works as Food Security and Livelihoods expert for the Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC) in the Philippines. NLRC is implementing the project Youth as Agents for Change, funded by 3FM serious request in Surigao del Norte, Mindanao, together with the Philippines Red Cross (PRC). Ardjan’s role is to support the last year of implementation of the food security and livelihoods components, which consist of establishing Sloping Agricultural Land Technologies (SALT) demonstration farms, vocational skills training for youth and the support of youth groups to set up micro-enterprises. His work is focused on technically advising the local Filipino Red Cross team on sustainable farming and participatory project implementation and to facilitate the planning, coordination and monitoring of food security an livelihoods activities between the local field team and the PRC HQ. 

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Ardjan likes providing technical advice and hands-on work and on sustainable agriculture, in combination with visionary approaches on making our food systems more sustainable and resilient. He is driven by his motivation to make this world a better place and is good at creating the bridge between high-level visions and practical project implementation. Ardjan has a natural sense for leadership, is good at presenting and likes intercultural and multilingual communication.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: Ardjan graduated from Wageningen University with a MSc in Organic Agriculture. His thesis research was conducted in Brazil focused on comparing agroecological family farmers’ perceptions and management of ecosystem services with conventional family and large scale farmers. In addition he contributed to a research on agroecological transitions. He is lead author and co-author from two scientific articles published from his research activities in Brazil. Ardjan finished his BA at the University College of Maastricht (2012), focusing on development studies, sustainable development and economics. During his BA he also completed a minor on Corporate Social Responsibility as part of an exchange program in Buenos Aires.


Experience before YEP

  • Traineeship Sustainable Productivity and Climate at UTZ/Rainforest Alliance – Amsterdam 
  • Internship at Progreso Foundation – Amsterdam 
  • Web developer (self-employed)
  • Multiple voluntary and paid experiences in sustainable farming and ecological construction
  • Green Office Co-initiator and Student Coordinator at Maastricht University
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