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
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Esther Boudewijns - YEP Energy,YEP Tailor-made at Maastricht University in India

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

Victor Shana

Young Expert at WaterWorX - Zimbabwe

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch Tm1

YEP Role

I work as a technical expert on the WOP (Water operated Partnership) between VEI and Harare Water Department. My roles in the Water Loss Reduction Action Plan among others are:

  • carrying out of various technical in the scope of the project:
    i) Non Revenue water reduction
    ii) Maintanence and Asset management
    iii) Hydraulic modelling for the water infrastructure
    iv) Water quality improvement measures
  • It is also my responsibility to serve as a liaison personnel with other departments especially when matters of the project are cross-cutting departments. I will be assisting most Dutch specialists, during their visits, in conducting their tasks within the confines of the project.

Click here for more information about my project.



I am generally a critical thinker and open for constructive criticism.It is also in my ability to bring technical or engineering skills into water management aspects whilst observing societal and cultural differences. Other skills include: 

  • Research skills
  • Leadership

Nationality: Zimbabwean

  • Master in Strategic Management Degree from Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe
  • B.Eng in Civil and Water Engineering from the National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
  • Diploma in Civil Engineering at Mutare Polytechnic, Mutare, Zimbabwe 

Experience before YEP

  • Graduate Civil and Water Engineer at Harare Water Department (HWD)
  • Civil Engineering (CE) Technician at HWD 2009-2017
  • CE Technician at Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) 2008-2009
  • CE Intern at Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) 2006
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