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.


Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

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

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

Kumar Bhattarai - YEP Water at Simavi in Nepal

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

Lenah Kinya

Young Expert at WaterWorX - Kenya

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch Tm1

YEP Role

I offer technical support in the WOP programme, a partnership between Nairobi city water and sewerage company and Waternet. We are currently running programmes on increasing the production capacity of our water treatment plants, reduction of non-revenue water, asset management and wastewater management.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Self-motivated and hard working
  • Team player
  • Good planner
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in civil engineering softwares-prokon, AutoCad, Civil 3D, Masterseries

Nationality: Kenyan
Education: MSc Project Management -  Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, BSc Civil Engineering - The University of Nairobi


Experience before YEP

  • Regional technical officer at Nairobi city water and sewerage company
  • Management trainee at Nairobi city water and sewerage company
  • Design engineer at Bimtech Engineering consultancy
  • Projects intern at Steel Structures Limited
  • Intern at Kenya Rural Roads Authority
YEP Tailor-made


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