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.


Employ a Young Expert; submit your proposal before October 11th

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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

Mesfin Woldeselassie - YEP Agrofood at SNV in Ethiopia

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

Winnie Rakwach

Young Expert at WaterWorX - Kenya

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch Tm1

YEP Role

As a Young Expert I am involved in the WOP between HOMAWASCO (local partner Water Company) and Dunea (Dutch Water Company). As far as the project work is concerned, I am mainly involved in the thematic areas: 1. Water (Non-revenue water reduction, improved of water supply, improved water quality, improved maintenance, and improved customer satisfaction) 2. People & Organisation and 3. Finance.


The aim of the work done in the project is to improve on the efficiency of the water company with the main focus of eventually achieving sustainability hence providing more people with access to clean drinking water

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Non-revenue water control 
  • Management of water supply schemes

Nationality: Kenyan

  • Master’s in Business Administration (Strategic Management) - May 2018-date
  • Diploma in Water Engineering - Jan 2019-date
  • Certificate in Program Monitoring and Evaluation, Bachelor of Science (Biology)

Experience before YEP

  • Scheme Manager (Water Supply Scheme) at HOMAWASCO
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at HOMAWASCO
  • Volunteer at Mbita Sub-country Hospital, Public
YEP Tailor-made


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