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

James Mbewe - YEP Water at WNF in Zambia

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

Thierno Amadou Sissoko

Young Expert at WaterWorX - Mali

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch Tm1

YEP Role

Next coming year I will be working on the partnership between SOMAGEP-SA and Waternet (WaterWorX). I will be involved in this interesting project as project manager assistant.As a Young Expert and project manager my role will be to ensure coordination and follow-up of the various project teams activities.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Finance and accounting
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Project management
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Reporting
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Good team- builder and player

Nationality: Malian

  • From 2017 - 2018: Research Master in Administrative Management at the Faculty of Economics and Management (FSEG) of Bamako University, awaiting defense.
  • From 2008 to 2010: M.Sc. (Master of Sciences and Accounting and Financial Techniques) at the IUG (University Institute of Management of Bamako).
  • From 2006 to 2008: B.Sc. (University Diploma of Technology) in Finance and Accounting at the IUG (University Institute of Management of Bamako).

Experience before YEP

  • August-September 2018: International Training Programme on “Financial and regularity Audit” at International Centre of Information System and Audit (ICISA) in India.
  • November 2015-present: Statistical Analyst of Distribution Department of the Malian Society for the Management of Drinking Water(SOMAGEP-SA).
  • April-October 2015: Independent Consultant to the Malian Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (COMADDH).
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Monday, December 10, 2018
Strengthen the YEP community through the launch of the YEP tile planet trip. The goal of this wonderful idea is to strengthen the link between the YEPPERS and revitalize the activities of this more

The two local yeppers of SOMAGEP