The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water, EP 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.


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
Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Laurens Poelhekke - YEP Agrofood at CDR International in Vietnam

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

Mutinta Chowe

Young Expert at WaterWorX - Zambia

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch Tm1

YEP Role

  • Compiling monthly progress reports
  • Compiling quarterly progress reports
  • Organising monthly project meetings
  • Secretariat for the project meetings
  • Coordinating all theme leaders
  • Coordinating Peer to Peer visits
  • Preparing visitation programmes for Short-Term Experts
  • Alignment of the project key performance indicators (KPIs)  to the donor recommendations
  • Project monitoring and evaluation of the project activities against set KPIs

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  • Knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Good understanding and operation of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) & ArcPad
  • Process implementation and Data Management
  • Strong verbal communication
  • Project management and monitoring

Nationality: Zambian
Education: Bachelor of Science Urban and Regional Planning


Experience before YEP

2016 to date: Geographical Information Systems Specialist, Southern Water & Sewerage Company, Choma, Zambia. Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting data collection (mapping) in the field
  • Transfer of field drawings into a Geographical Information System (GIS)
  • Interaction and coordination with water utility staff at head office and the districts
  • Preparation of materials and supporting information for the field assignments
  • Data analysis in GIS, Asset Management and generation of map products

2017-2018: GIS Specialist –National Water Supply and Sanitation Council, Lusaka, Zambia. Responsibilities include:

  • Training of GIS Personals for EWSC, NWWSC and Chwsc
  • Preparation of field data collection maps and documents
  • Data collection and map preparation for the utilities
YEP Tailor-made


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