The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, 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 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) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

YEP Effect 4 has been released!

During the YEP kick off of batch 15,  another new edition of YEP Effect has been officially launched: the fourth edition is now available!

YEP alumnus Jacques on TV!

Jacques Tuyishime, alumnus of YEP Programmes, is now Managing Director at Holland GreenTech in Rwanda. He has developed several skills during his time in YEP,  especially during the Personal Development Training!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 16th batch starts on 4 February 2019
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Rafsan Jani Siam - YEP Agrofood at Just Business in Bangladesh

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

Mesfin Woldeselassie

Young Expert at SNV - Ethiopia

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

YEP Role

I’m currently working for the Livelihood Improvement for Women and Youth (LIWAY) project. It is a five-year project funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).  The major objective of the project is to improve the incomes of 200,000 women and youth in Addis Ababa by working on microenterprise, skill development, and labour and growth sector of the economy.


My YEP role consists of the following:

  • Identification of the relevant stakeholders (implementing partners) for collaboration with LI-WAY interventions implementation;
  • Development of interventions implementation detailed concept note in close collaboration with the identified implementing partners (IPs);  
  • Providing all the required technical and follow up supports during the implementation of the agreed interventions; 
  • Ensure all the facilitation related to the development of the enterprise market systems (both the start-up and growing/expanding enterprise are in line with the approach of Making Market Works for Poor (M4P) 

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Experience to conduct surveys and impact assessments
  • Microsoft Application Packages (MS Word, MS Access and MS Excel)
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Market system approach (M4P)
  • Project management
  • Inclusive business
  • Cooperative management and governance
  • Market linkage

Nationality: Ethiopian

  • 2007-2009, Masters of Science in Food Security Study from College of Development Studies
  • 2016-2017, Bachelors of Art in Political Science and International Relations (SPIR) Major and Public Administration and Development Management (PADM) in Minor from College of Social Science 

Experience before YEP

  • Agribusiness and Investment Advisor, East Africa Catalytic Sustainable Agribusiness Investment project, SNV Ethiopia (Netherlands Development Organisation)
  • Market Linkage Expert for Cooperatives for Changes (C4C), SNV Ethiopia
  • M&E Administrator-For Maize and Malt Varley Project, Techno Serve Inc, Ethiopia
  • Assistant Researcher, JaRco Consulting, Ethiopia


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