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

Bram Berkelmans - YEP Water at Elemental Water Makers in Colombia

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

Drocelle Musabyimana

Young Expert at Wageningen University & Research - Rwanda

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

YEP Role

Junior Integrated Water Resources management officer, following are my tasks in project:

  • Co- identify risks and opportunities for improved watershed protection and management (report reviews, stakeholder identification and interviews, data collection and analyses etc)
  • Assist in the selection of promising  IWRM measures such as flood and erosion control measures, High crops yields ,better livelihoods farmers, land scape restoration etc)
  • Co-prepare design and cost estimates for selected options
  • Assist in outsourcing/ tendering of selected and pre-design IWRM measures
  • Co- supervises implementation of selected measures
  • Assist in M&E of selected measures
  • Reporting activities
  • Maintain the contact with the local partners, project beneficiaries and other stakeholders, Extend the local network. 

Click here for more information about my project.



Computer skills:

  • Use of geographical information tools, like: Arc GIS, Q GIS, and Smart GIS, Universal map dawnloader, Google Earth, GPS, etc.
  • Use of the WEAP model, aqua crop
  • Application of Excel in water monitoring

Nationality: Rwandan

  • Bachelor degree in Water and environmental Engineering at University of Rwanda college of science and Technology 
  • Mathematics’ physics and chemistry (MPC) at secondary school

Experience before YEP

June 2014 – October 2014: Academic internship at COPED (Company for Environment Protection and Development) Ltd. Expertises acquired from the acadmic internship experience:

  • Waste management process in Kigali from point sources to the final disposal

  • Plastic waste recycling process in Rwanda

  • Biodegradable waste recycling (waste to energy)

  • Carrying out Baseline surveys on hygiene practices in hospitality services in Kigali

June 2015 – May 2016: Professional Internship at Green cover initiative (GCI) Rwanda

  • Review the policies, plan of nature resources management
  • Identification of opportunities funds for NGO
  • Drafting the project proposals.
  • Preparation and providing of training for farmers about sustainable agriculture practices

June 2016 –October 2017: Catchment planning Intern at Water for Growth (W4G) Rwanda

  • Assist in catchments planning process (identification of issues, opportunities and measures for landscape restoration in four demonstration catchments)
  • Collection of geographical information on field related to water resources such as (issues, interventions and opportunities) 
  • Assist to analysis all available Geo-data to generate reports, information’s and statistics requested by IWRM management 
  • Participation producing the WEAP models for four catchments

October 2017- July 2018: Geographical Information system (GIS) officer at SHER consultants

  • Digitalization and preparation shape files of land cover 
  • Assist in selection of promising IWRM measures
  • Preparation of all types of maps, tables needed in catchments management plan (Muvumba, Nyabugogo, Upper Nyabarongo and Sebeya)
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Monday, June 17, 2019
using PIP (Plan integree du paysan) approach in project implimentation
PIP approach is an approach which can be used by project in order to achieve its object, last activities was to awareness raising so that the community can be aware on the environmental issues they more

Facilitating community on environmental issues.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Situation analysis in Rwanda
Currently the project is doing the situation analysis in the second site of Rwanda, for the first site the activities related to IWRM are on going, last activities were related to the training. i more

Women fetching water in gully near park

Friday, April 5, 2019
Training about maintenance of the rain water harvesting system in Rwanda
W4V project is now implementing some IWRM measures, last activity was about providing training and maintenance of the rain water harvesting system. The main objectives are listed below. • more

In this picture i was training the beneficiaries.