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
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Sjoske Tuinstra - YEP Water at World Water Academy in South Africa

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

Jelmer van Veen

Where is he now? Policy Officer Food Security and Water at Dutch Embassy, Ethiopia

Young Expert at Denys Engineers & Contractors B.V. - Ethiopia

YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 6

YEP Role

As a site manager I was responsible for the day-to-day follow-up of the construction of waste water infrastructure in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia where Denys is constructing 18 km of sewage pipes that rehabilitate and expand the existing sewerage network. When all local connections were realized the city increased the percentage of households with a connection to the sewage network from 10% to over 60% of all households to a sewage connection. The project is funded by the World Bank and ordered by Addis Ababa Water and Sanitation Authority (AAWSA). My role as a Site-manager included planning, monitoring and managing of the construction process, guiding the construction team, managing operation and maintenance of machines, taking care of the logistics for personnel, materials and equipment, staying in contact with suppliers and other involved parties, collecting and processing quality data and preparing progress reports. I was also the contact person for any person visiting the site, and the one that smoothen the process of the overall development. The objective of the project was to increase access to sustainable water supply and sanitation services in Addis Ababa.

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My ability to improvise while always maintaining a result-oriented mind-set is what is mostly required on-site. Planning and reporting as well as good oral and written communication skills that I have developed during my university studies are useful for the preparation and management of the project. The intercultural sensitivity that I have picked up on during several visits abroad comes in handy while interacting with the client, my colleagues, the blue-collar workers and any visitors on-site.



Nationality: Dutch

  • BSc and MSC International Land and Water Management at Wageningen University. Participation in The Climate-KIC master Label Programme

Experience before YEP

During various fieldwork trips for my university education I gained a diverse international working experience. The most important were Benin where I did a 3-month research project on rice-irrigation for my BSc thesis, Myanmar where I did a 3-month research project on developing decision support tools for integrated water management for my MSc thesis, and Tunisia which I visited 5 times as part of an intensive and interesting 2-week student excursion, first as a participant, and later as organizing staff.  During a 6 month internship at the Water Cluster of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (now IGG, formerly DME) I helped developing indicators for the Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) and experienced firsthand the drive to become a leading country in the field of water management and how that ambition permeates our foreign water policy directives.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Site Visit from students from TU Delft
As part of an excursion throughout Ethiopia, students from the Dispuut Watermanagement of the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, visited several sites where Denys is working. The group more

Student excursion visited drilling pit 2

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Dropstructures made in the manhole workshop
To adapt to steep slopes in the terrain, sometimes the gravitational sewage line has to take a sudden drop to make sure the line stays under ground enough. Several so-called drop-structures have to more

Drop Structure

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Manhole Workshop
In the manhole workshop, special pieces like bents, manhole pieces and drop structures are cut and assembled. After being grinded and chamfered, the pieces will be laminated together to ensure a more

Chamfering a manhole piece