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.


Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 19):

15 October 2019

Preparatory training course

Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November

Training of the 19th batch starts on 20 January 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 4 November

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

April van Delden - YEP Agrofood at Impact Terra in Myanmar

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

Valentin Iogo

Where is he now? IT Specialist at Autorité du Bassin de la Volta (ABV), Burkina Faso

Young Expert at - Burkina Faso

YEP period 2013 - 2014, batch 2

YEP Role

  • Project officer for Akvo Foundation
  • I was responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations of the hub as well as training workshops
  • Assisting the West Africa Manager in her tasks of developing partnerships in the West Africa region
  • Supporting the West Africa hub in IT and GIS
  • Customizing partners’ data by making thematic maps and over data processing

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Databases and Software programming
  • Geographical Information System and Remote sensing
  • Web and Mobile technologies
  • Integrated Water Resources Management
  • French - excellent in speaking, reading and in writing
  • English - good in reading, speaking and writing

Nationality: Burkinabe

  • M.Sc Data processing applied to Geographical Information System (Geoinformatics)
  • M.Sc International e-Services (Web and mobile technologies)
  • B.Sc Informatics (Software programming)

Experience before YEP

Before joining Akvo Foundation, Valentin worked as Databases and GIS manager in many Integrated Water Resources Management projects in Burkina Faso for the Government and companies as SHER Ingenieurs Conseils (Belgium) and COWI (Danemark). He brings to Akvo his experience of integrating IT tools (Databases, GIS) to the water sector. Applying new technological tools for water and natural resources management has always been his passion. You can follow him on twitter @iogovalentin, he is currently based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
YEP Water Training, from Jan 27th to Feb 14th 2014
Valentin Iogo, in Amsterdam to meet colleagues, learn more about Akvo Foundation tools and participate to YEP Water training in The Hague from February 3rd to more