The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, 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 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) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


Apply now: new YEP positions online!

We are looking for Dutch candidates for 5 YEP positions.

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Yoseph Wakjira - YEP Water at Meta Meta in Ethiopia

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

Clement Alexandre Iryayo

Young Expert at WaterWorX - Rwanda

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch Tm1

YEP Role

As the local project coordinator for the WaterWorX project in AQUAVIRUNGA Ltd, my role is to:

  • Participate in the planning of the activities of the WaterWorX project
  • Coordinate all the activities of the abovementioned project
  • Ensure liaison effective collaboration between the local team of experts and the Dutch team of experts for the effectiveness of the STE missions of the project.

Click here for more information about my project.



Drinking Water treatment, Water Quality Monitoring, Laboratory Management, Project Management, IWRM, Stakeholder Analysis, Language skills: English, French, Kinyarwanda and Spanish



Nationality: Rwandan
Education: Bachelor of Science, Environmental Chemistry


Experience before YEP

  • From 2018: I am the head of production department in AQUAVIRUNGA Ltd
  • From 2016 to 2018: I was doing water quality monitoring for Water For Growth Rwanda, a joint Rwanda-Netherlands initiative aiming to improve the effective management of water resources in Rwanda in the IWRM scheme. The programme was led by the Government of Rwanda and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) 
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