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 21):

10 May 2020

Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 27 May

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the 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

Bezawit Adane Demisse - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Ethiopia

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

Bezawit Adane Demisse

Young Expert at WaterWorX - Ethiopia

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch Tm1

YEP Role

As a Young Expert, I undertake the following responsibilities in a professional manner in Waterworkx project.: Assessment of functional requirement of the MIS system and Development of Standardized Operational manuals/procedures (SOPs), and Utility KPIs and operationalization of benchmarking and Bench Marking experience sharing platforms.

Click here for more information about my project.



Computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Publisher, Outlook, SPSS, Arc GIS, MapWindo, ILWIS and advanced knowledge and skills in word processing, spreadsheet and data management soft waress



Nationality: Ethiopian

  • BSc Degree in Soil and Water Engineering Management, Haramaya University, Ethiopia, (September 2004-July 2008)   
  • MSc Degree in Watershed Management and Water Supply, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia in collaboration with Cornell University, USA, (February 2010-December 2011) 
  • MSc Degree in Water Science and Engineering specialisation in Hydrology and Water Resource, UNESCO_IHE, Institute for Water Education, Delft, the Netherlands, (October 2012 - April 2014) 

Experience before YEP

  • Supervising Engineer at Addis Ababa Water and Sewerage Authority (AWSA)
  • Project Engineer at Ethiopia Rainwater Harvesting Association (ERHA) 
  • Lead Consultant on Water Engineering at O.P.I.N consultancy plc. 
  • Junior Professional Consultant at MetaMeta
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