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

Marion Janse - YEP Agrofood,YEP Tailor-made at AgriProFocus in Burundi

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

Emmanuel Chifunilo

Young Expert at WaterWorX - Malawi

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch Tm1

YEP Role

Position: Local Project Coordinator

Project:  Southern Region Water Board – Vitens Evides International WaterWorX Project



  • Know all members of a team, including their strengths, weakness, and areas of expertise
  • Assign various tasks to team members that relate to the completion of a specific project
  • Coach team members on how best to accomplish their goals
  • Motivate others and build enthusiasm for a project by keeping focused on its main objectives and the rewards for completion
  • Design overall schedule for a project and make proposals for necessary adjustments if and when problems arise
  • Look for ways to cut back on project expenses and increase the potential for profits
  • Participate in educational opportunities to stay up to date on leadership techniques 
  • Keep upper management in the loop by preparing project updates and presentations that showcase a project's value and status
  • Stay familiar with companies’ policies and goals and works to make sure that all members of a project team adhere to set standards
  • Create project schedules that include materials estimates and manpower needs to be submitted to management
  • Work with field personnel to handle project issues as they arise
  • Managing all contractual arrangements on projects to be implemented by Board including issues of tenders of tenders, valuation of bids, procurement

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Engineering Skills

  • Structural Analysis and Design  
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Water Supply and Waste Water Engineering 
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Geotechnics    
  • Geology 
  • Land surveying
  • Hydrology 
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources And Planning 

Computer Skills

  • Scheduling: Microsoft Project
  • Draft and Planning: AutoCAD 2016, AutoCAD 3D Civil 2016
  • Structural analysis: Autodesk Robot structural analysis
  • Hydraulic modeling and statistics: Epanet
  • Office software: Microsoft office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Geo-mapping: ARCGIS

Professional Skills

  • Project management
  • Risk assessments
  • Conflict resolution and management
  • High standard writing skills
  • Outstanding oral presentation skills 

Personal Skills

  • Problem solving
  • Attention to detail
  • excellent organisational skills
  • Fast learner 


Nationality: Malawian
Education: BSc Civil Engineering 2015


Experience before YEP

Southern Region Water Board (SRWB) – 2016 to date

Position: Assistant Projects Engineer


  • Preparing engineering analysis of new projects and maintenance/rehabilitation/modification of existing infrastructure including carrying out project feasibility studies, preliminary and detailed designs, life cycle costing, and equipment selection.
  • Preparing technical construction specifications, Performing Engineering duties surrounding the following; buildings, drainage, roads, water supply infrastructure and environmental systems
  • Preparing and interpreting blueprints, schematic drawings, layouts and other visual aids.
  • Conducting engineering surveys to gather field data
  • Performing civil engineering duties surrounding the following; mechanical devices, components, water pumping equipment, environmental control, materials handling and machine tools.
  • Assisting to manage project issues, budgets, and schedules for internally and externally funded projects.
  • Coordinating the activities of the design and construction teams. 
  • Assisting in managing and evaluation of all contractual arrangements on projects to be implemented by the Board including issues of tenders, valuation of bids, procurement etc.
  • Liaising with consultants on all contracted out studies and projects
  • Management of keeping of inventories for water supply networks.
  • Supervising construction projects for compliance with design specification/ standards. 

Central East African Railways - 2015 to 2016

Position: Civil Engineer


  • Planning and executing maintenance of permanent way infrastructure (i.e., rails, sleepers, bridges, drainage structures and all track components,) and building infrastructure 
  • Ensuring compliance to and in accordance with pre-established safety standards and regulations when maintenance work is being carried out. 
  • Carrying out bridge and track inspection regime, conducting defects trend analysis, incident investigations, on-site audits to understand persistent issues affecting maintenance work .
  • Managing, leading, guiding, training and supervising in-house Technical Officers, Technicians and external contractors in maintenance work relevant to permanent way. 
  • Developing and implementing failure management and emergency response procedures / processes when deemed necessary 
  • Handling contract management issues concerning all department contracts, both service and material supply contracts (ensuring that contract terms are adhered to, and managing the subsequent payment claims).
  • Preparing progress reports both monthly and annual for the permanent way department.
  • the implementation of preventative maintenance schema, design and development of the permanent way.
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