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

Annemarijn Nijmeijer - YEP Agrofood at Cocoanect in Ivory Coast

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

Collins Obango

Young Expert at WaterWorX - Kenya

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch Tm1

YEP Role

My role is to develop knowledge and skills to become a water expert, and use the expertise to improve the implementation of Water Operator Partnership Project with Dunea Water Company – Waterworx Program. 

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project management – Design and Implementation
  • Departmental Management – Technical Services
  • Computer packages and applications
  • Communication skills

Nationality: Kenyan
Education: University Graduate – Mechanical Engineering


Experience before YEP

  • Project Management – Supervision of implementation
  • Water and waste water design
  • Water operation and maintenance
  • Departmental administration – Technical Services Department
YEP Tailor-made


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