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.


Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 21):

10 May 2020

Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 27 May

Introduction video YEP

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

Anke Verheij

Young Expert at Vitens Evides International - Vietnam

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 16

YEP Role 

As Resident Project Officer / Water Supply Expert Asia, I’m working on the implementation of the WaterWorX project "Towards Climate Resilient Water Supply in the Southwestern Mekong Delta" and I’m engaged with portfolio management of the VEI projects in the region Asia. I'm especially involved with the WaterWorX projects in Semarang (Indonesia), Mandalay (Myanmar) and Central Visayas (the Philippines) and the FWD project in Cagayan d'Oro (the Philippines). 


The project in the Mekong Delta aims to support the water companies in the Mekong Delta in delivering sustainable and resilient water supply services in the context of developments such as climate change, land subsidence and salinity intrusion. The project is a Water Operator Partnership (WOP), a collaboration between SOCTRANGWACO (Soc Trang province), CANTHOWASSCO (Can Tho province), CANTHO2WASUCO (Can Tho province), HAWASUCO (Hau Giang province), Dragon Institute (Can Tho University), VEI and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 


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  • Programme coordination 
  • Project management 
  • Monitoring and Evaluation 
  • Integrated Water Resource Management 
  • (Climate) Resilient Water Supply 
  • Enabling Environment 


Nationality: Dutch 


  • MSc Environmental Sciences - Wageningen University, Major: Integrated Water Resource Management, Minor: Environmental Problems in Developing Countries 
  • BSc Human Geography, Urban Planning and International Development Studies – University of Amsterdam, Major: International Development Studies, Minor: Food & Water 

Experience before YEP 

  • Programme Officer WaterWorX – VEI 
  • Junior Policy Officer WASH - Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • Intern WASH - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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