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
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Alphonsina Emanuel Ntibingwa

Young Expert at WaterWorX - Tanzania

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch Tm1

YEP Role

The project I am working in is focused on developed performance improvement plans on comprehensive Non- Revenue Water (NRW) reduction program, proposal and action plans for improvement of GIS. As a Young Expert, my tasks are based on the improvement of GIS for the local water authority whereas:

  • Providing Map support to the Operations and maintenance field staff of BUWASA
  • Organising GIS data collection campaigns of water network and other utility assets including customer identification surveys
  • Supervision of GIS data collection teams and enforcing data quality checks
  • Mapping the location of water leakages and using the data to determine investment priorities for the company
  • Integrating GIS with other applications in the company including the Hydraulic modelling application and Customer Information System
  • Facilitating routing schemes for meter reading, meter replacement projections and network repair work.
  • Work with VEI team in aligning GIS unit with the project activities
  • Acting as support resource person for VEI International experts coming to Tanzania
  • Mentoring the technical staff on various function of GIS and its application to map water network and customers 

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Listening skills
  • Flexible and adaptable to situations
  • Problem solving

Nationality: Tanzanian
Education: BSc. Engineering Geology


Experience before YEP

  • Working as a Hydrogeologist intern at Pangani Water Basin Board and my assignment was to take part in underground water survey where geophysical and geo-electric surveys were carried out for selection of potential borehole site, with an integration to ArcGIS and INTERPEX ID. 
  • During my undergraduate studies, I worked with Serengeti Drilling Company in the implementation of Kimbiji and Mpera projects to abstract water from deep wells in dealing with challenges for water supply in highly populated Dar es salaam region and my graduation project was focused on the Hydrogeological assessment and evaluation of Hydraulic Parameters of the Kimbiji aquifers.
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Saturday, January 4, 2020
The aim of the WaterWorX Tile is to strengthen the YEP network and the professional bond we happen to have achieved. Three young experts (Bahati, Rukia and Alphonsina) from Tanzania passing the more

WWX-Yepper from Zambia receiving YEP Tile from Tanzanian Yeppers

Thursday, November 29, 2018
Training to GeoODK Collect
The training was developed due to the lack of information regarding the leaks and how to manage them more

With GeoODK installed in smartphones, leaks management was improved