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

Robbert Neijenhuis - YEP Agrofood at SNV in Kenya

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

Ilyasse Kabore

Young Expert at - Burkina Faso

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

YEP Role


Technical Account Manager (TAM)

As a TAM, Ilyasse is responsible for technically assisting partners who have decided to use the tools developed by Akvo such as Akvo Flow, Akvo RSR, Akvo Caddisfly and Akvo Lumen. He will collaborate with the technical team of Akvo and and the partners to find effective and sustainable solutions.

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  • Monitoring and Evaluation in the field of food security, health, nutrition and local governance
  • Design and implementing Monitoring and Evaluation system
  • GIS
  • Remote sensing
  • Database management
  • Data collection and Data analysis
  • Data visualization
  • Mobile data collection
  • Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D)
  • Planning and management of development projects and programmes

Nationality: Burkinabe

  • 2008 to 2010: Bachelor degree in urban Geography
  • 2010 to 2012: Master degree in Geomatics
  • 2007: A level in mathematics and sciences 

Experience before YEP

  • Since September 2017: Technical Account Manager at, West Africa
  • April 2016 to August 2017: Monitoring & Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Officer (MEAL Officer) at Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
  • January 2013 to August 2015: GIS Specialist and Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Winrock International (West Africa-Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Program USAID WA-WASH) 
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