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 19):

15 October 2019

Preparatory training course

Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November

Training of the 19th batch starts on 20 January 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 4 November

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new 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

Alice Khin Mar Mar Thet - YEP Agrofood at One to Watch B.V. in Myanmar

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

Remco Geervliet

Young Expert at Financial Access - Indonesia

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

YEP Role


I will be working on a diverse set of projects across Indonesia and Myanmar. The projects are aimed at improving access to finance for small holder farmers by clearly identifying and mitigating the main financial and environmental risks associated with farmers. I will be working closely with a variety of partners focused on environmental risk, capacity building and training to ensure we employ a holistic approach to help small holder in a sustainable way. We therefore not only enable farmers to be included into the financial system, we also guarantee that this happens in an environmentally sustainable manner. 

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Data analysis 
  • Modelling 
  • Integrating multidisciplinary approaches
  • Strategic communication

Nationality: Dutch

  • MPhil Economics from the University of Oxford
  • BSc Economics from Tilburg University

Experience before YEP

  • Research Assistant | Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford | 2017-2018. I was part of a research team that mapped self-reliance, food security and economic opportunities in Kalobeyei settlement and Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. We used our analysis to provide clear policy recommendation to the World Food Programme and partners to enhance the impact of their programs
  • Micro Enterprise Development Advisor | LIDEFO, Uganda | 2012-2013. Tailored the loan programs to better suit the needs of beneficiaries after extensive fieldwork to understand the needs of beneficiaries
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