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 20):

1 March 2020

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 23 March

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

Alphonsina Emanuel Ntibingwa - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Tanzania

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

Lisan Bijdevaate

Young Expert at AgriProFocus - Ethiopia

YEP period 2019 - 2020, batch 16

YEP Role

My role as a Young Expert/Talent Pool Trainee Food Security includes strengthening the quality of the portfolio through contributing to the harmonisation of results based reporting and ultimately to an enhanced transparency of policy implementation. The goals of the project (1) an increased transparency and accountability of the embassy (2) an increased compliance with IATI, which enables a better visibility of Dutch FNS projects (3) an increased level of awareness of the importance of adequate results based reporting with development partners of EKN.


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  • Monitoring and Evaluation 
  • Intercultural communication 
  • Project management 
  • Analytical mindset 

Nationality: Dutch
Education: Public Administration (BSc), Work & Organizational Psychology (MSc) & Environment & Resource Management (MSc)


Experience before YEP

  • Project support officer at YEP Programmes
  • Intern at the Netherlands Embassy in Manila, Philippines   
YEP Agrofood


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Monday, October 28, 2019
Valuable Vegetables Horticulture Stakeholder meeting organized by AgriProFocus
Last week I attended the Valuable Vegetables Horticulture stakeholder meeting The objectives of this meeting were: 1) Supporting Ethiopian and Dutch horticulture entrepreneurs in their endeavors more

Thursday, July 11, 2019
The Netherlands supporting the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency
Last week the Netherlands and the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency signed a contract for four years on the support of the Agricultural Commercialization Clusters Initiative Program. The more

ATA signing ceremony at the Netherlands Embassy

Thursday, June 20, 2019
First Ethiopian Water & Energy Week (EWEW) in Addis Ababa
This week I participated in the first Ethiopian Water & Energy Week (EWEW) in Addis. The EWEW included plenary sessions, parallel seminars, diverse side events, exhibitions, and business and more

Six YEPpers at the Water & Energy week in Ethiopia