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

Su Myat Noe Thu

Young Expert at ICCO Cooperation - Myanmar

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

YEP Role

Project Officer for Inclusive Business Acceleration:

  • Business Acceleration for Truvalu. enterprises by scouting of potential SMEs, partners, investors, coaches and mentors, building networks, providing business development services to entrepreneurs to become investment ready, following up the progress and reporting. The Truvalu. enterprises concept is a methodology to work with SMEs in the agrifood sector to support them in capturing economic value into the company through value adding processes and creating social impact through increasing the supply base of producers. Truvalu is contributing to develop this long term growth strategy by sharing risks and investing capital and capacity. Contributing to the regular reporting to stakeholders and investors on improvements in the business and help company management to plan the next steps 
  • Research and project/business development around inclusive finance:  Setting up and leading action research and market analysis on above mentioned topic in the Myanmar, mobilizing resources/fundraising for projects in Myanmar, about inclusive finance 
  • Hands-on support to P4 project manager and further project/business development in the pulses and oilseeds sector 

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Business Management and Administration, Financial Management, Project Management, Leadership, Event Management, Training, Facilitation, Data Analysis



Nationality: Myanmar
Education: B.A. English at Yangon University of Foreign Languages, Diploma in Development Studies at Yangon University of Economics, Single Subject Diplomas in Business Management and Administration, Financial Management and Quantitative Methods for Managers at Institute of Commercial Management (ICM UK)


Experience before YEP

  • Investment Grant Officer for Market Development Program at Mercy Corps Myanmar (2017-2018)
  • Program Assistant for Market Development Program at Mercy Corps Myanmar (2016-2017)
  • 9Administration Officer at Feel Group Company Limited (Restaurants) (2014-2016)
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Thursday, April 4, 2019
Great Step for Inclusive Business
Today, we officially launch our project "Accelerate Inclusive Burmese SMEs for Shared Prosperity ". The project is the joint colloboration between ICCO, One to Watch and Truvalu, with donor support more

Su Myat Noe Thu (Truvalu) and Bram Peters (ICCO), the duo from YEP batch 15

Monday, November 5, 2018
Myanmar YEP Duo: First Team Meeting Together in Regional Office
**On November 5 2018**, **Bram** and **Su Myat**, two young experts from ICCO Myanmar, attended travel free section held at ICCO South East Asia Regional Office in Bali, Indonesia. This was their more

Two YEPpers together with Myanmar Country Team at ICCO Regional Office Bali