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

Veerle Haagh - YEP Water at Financial Access in Kenya

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

Brian Chilambe

Young Expert at WNF - Zambia

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

YEP Role

Brian Chilambe is engaged as a GIS Young Expert Professional under the wildlife programme team based in Lusaka at WWF Zambia. As a Young Expert, he is aiding the GIS component of the wildlife programme. He also supports the WWF Zambia freshwater programme when called upon. Under the freshwater programme he is responsible for the river regulation impact monitoring experiment project in the Lower Kafue Sub-catchment. Apart from that Brian his coordinating three projects under the wildlife programme mentioned below:


  1. Kafue National Park Connected Conservation Project
  2. Landscape Connectivity Project, and 
  3. Eco-drones project

Click here for more information about my project.



Geographic Information Systems, Database Management Systems, Economic geography, Spatial Planning, hydrological modeling, Earth Observation, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems, stakeholder engagement and World Religions.



Nationality: Zambian
Education: BA in Geography and currently pursuing an MSc. in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation from The University of Zambia


Experience before YEP

  • G.I.S Assistant Analyst in the wildlife programme at WWF Zambia: May 2018 – Aug 2018, responsible for wildlife monitoring.  
  • G.I.S Intern in the freshwater programme at WWF Zambia: May 2017 – Apr 2018. Developed a dam’s database for the Zambezi river basin, it was specifically used for determining the degree of river fragmentation and regulation in the assessment of free-flowing rivers in the Zambezi river basin.
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