The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, 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 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) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


Apply now: new YEP positions online!

We are looking for Dutch candidates for 5 YEP positions.

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
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Joao Francisco de Araujo - YEP Agrofood at DADTCO in Mozambique

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

Johan Winnubst

Young Expert at Meta Meta - Malawi

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 16

YEP Role

My role at SMART Centre is expanding the use of low-cost WASH technologies (SMARTechs) in Malawi by training local entrepreneurs, in both production and business skills. The SMARTechs include manual well drilling, a range of hand pumps, drip irrigation systems, rain water harvesting, groundwater recharge and household water treatment:

  • I will build up expertise in low cost SMARTechs suitable for rural and peri-urban circumstances in Malawi, which can be produced with local skills and materials.
  • Monitor and improve the quality control of products produced by trained local technicians and retailers of SMARTechs.
  • Prepare activity plans, budgets and project proposals, as well as keeping track of financial flows.
  • Assist with monitoring project progress and reporting.
  • Promote and represent the SMART Centre approach and its SMARTechs portfolio on national water and sanitation meetings, seminars, agricultural fairs, etc.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Process coordination
  • Communication and training
  • Data analysis
  • Adaptable
  • Positive


Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc Human Geography, MSc International Development Studies


Experience before YEP

I have a background in Human Geography and International Development Studies. For my master thesis I conducted research in Uganda on the impact of small hydropower projects on communities living in the project area and downstream. The research was focused on both the impact on water and land as well as the resettlement procedure. This research was conducted in relation with the ORIO program from RVO.

Professionally I have worked on several projects at PostNL in the Netherlands, focused on sustainable solutions and efficiency improvement.

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