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.


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!

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 19 August

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Floris van Zuilekom - YEP Water at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. in Kenya

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

Mercy Muriithi Wangui

Young Expert at GDK Software - Kenya

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 16

YEP Role

Technical Support at eProd Solutions in Agrofood sector.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Industry Knowledge; Project management. Programming, Web development
  • Tools and Technology; Microsoft Office, SQL, MySQL, Java
  • Languages; English and Kiswahili language skills, both speaking and writing and  basic French
  • Interpersonal Skills; Team work, Leadership, Public speaking, Communication

Nationality: Kenyan
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Math and Computer Science


Experience before YEP

  • Technical Support at eProd Solutions
  • Information Systems Intern at UN Environment
  • IT Intern at Reale Hospital
  • Voluntary work at Badilisha Maisha Center
  • Dental Assistant/Data Manager at Kabuliot Dental Clinic
  • Assistant Manager/Data Manager at Mamis Restaurant
YEP Agrofood


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Monday, March 4, 2019
The Start of my Journey as a YEPper
After my first YEP training from 4th to 22nd of February 2019, I got excited to start working again with eProd Solutions in Kenya. The training was very informative and interactive, in the Agro-food more