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.

Announcement: new deadlines for submitting YEP proposals!

New deadline for submitting YEP proposals: 30 June!!

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!

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 17 and 18):

30 June 2018

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 18 July

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

Yoseph Wakjira - YEP Water at Meta Meta in Ethiopia

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

Sadik Ahnaf Tahmid

Young Expert at Single Spark - Bangladesh

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 16

YEP Role

Researcher and Trainer of Single Spark Feedcalculator. Single Spark is a Dutch organisation who introduces the Animal feed App (Feed Calculator) in Bangladesh. Before that, we worked on Feed Calculator in several countries of Africa (e.g. Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania) and after completing a successful research, we planned for Bangladesh to implement the feed App. In Bangladesh, we are working together with WorldFish (International Research Organisation) to implement the Feed Calculator App in a befitting way.


As a Researcher and Trainer, I am responsible for the following tasks:

  • Collecting and Analyses Data for Feedcalculator pilot sites,
  • Document and disseminate pilot results by mean of publications, organisation of demonstration days, attendance of conferences, etc. ,
  • Networking among relevant stakeholders (farmers, NGOs, government officials, cooperatives, associations, etc.) by means of social media, telephone contact and visits,
  • Maintain accurate records of meetings and conversations (on paper and online),
  • Developing a potential client database of interested organisations and farmers/maintain warm relation with partners,
  • Conduct a detailed market survey,
  • Support the development of a marketing strategy,
  • Support identification and mobilization of local partners,
  • Support the establishment of a local office/distribution network.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Research
  • Aqua culturist
  • Marketing
  • Microbiological Analysis
  • Intercultural Communication and adaptation
  • Psychological empowering of people

Nationality: Bangladeshi
Education: MSc. in Fisheries management from Bangladesh Agricultural University, Honors in Fisheries from Noakhali Science & Technology University, HSC and SSC from Rangpur Cadet College


Experience before YEP

  • Worked as a Product Executive @ ACI Animal Health, Dhaka.
  • Worked as Research Assistant at (Aquafish Innovation Lab Project Funded by USAID and collaboration with North Carolina State University of USA) Dept. of Fisheries Management, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202.
  • Worked as Research Assistant at (Aquafish Innovation Lab Project Funded by USAID, and collaboration with Central Luzon University, Philippines.) Dept. of Fisheries Management, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202.
  • Worked as Research Assistant at ARK Sea Food Limited, Chittagong.
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Friday, March 1, 2019
"A new journey to Success"
With the new Sun shine I started my new journey at World Fish Bangladesh. It is a great opportunity for me to work with the farmers through multi organizational support and their will of ignition. more