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 19):

15 October 2019

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 4 November

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Quyen Nguyen

Young Expert at SNV - Vietnam

YEP period 2019 - 2020, batch 16

YEP Role

I work as Junior Advisor on Agribusiness and Women’s Economic Empowerment in Climate Smart Agriculture and Gender programme, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation. The overall goal of the programme is to enhance women’s social and economic empowerment and resilience to climate change through improved access to and control over assets and benefits in agricultural value chains.


My key role is to work with other advisors in my organisation to provide technical inputs, develop technical guidelines for project’s activities and conduct some specific assignment. The focus of the my position in the programme will be on strengthening the role of the private sector in increasing women’s economic empowerment and resilience in agricultural value chains by supporting the integration of gender-responsive and climate-smart practices in their core business operation. In addition, I work with my colleague to support the start-up and development of women-led businesses in agriculture. I also play another role of project coordinator for activities implemented in the field in which I am in charge of developing annual work plan based on project’s design, targets and available budget together with my team and our partners, monitor project activities at the field and prepare reports to management. 

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  • Key Areas of Expertise: Inclusive business, Agriculture, Gender Equality, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Renewable energy, Livestock production, climate change mitigation initiatives
  • Tools and Technology: Microsoft Office, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Skills: business planning, financial management, project administration, procurement, data management, event management, logistics, communication, negotiation, and customer service.
  • Languages: English and Vietnamese language skills
  • Interpersonal Skills: team work, leadership and public speaking


Nationality: Vietnamese
Education: Master degree in Finance & Banking, Foreign Trade University, Vietnam; Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, National Economics University, Vietnam


Experience before YEP

  • Junior Inclusive Business Advisor cum Program Assistant, Vietnam Business Challenge Fund and Inclusive Business Accelerator, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
  • Administration and Finance officer, Vietnam Biogas Association
  • Procurement Officer cum Translator, Biogas Program for the Animal Husbandry Sector in Vietnam
  • General Director Assistant, Lisemco2 JSC
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Sharing workshop on midterm review of CSA and gender projects
During June 11-13th 2019, a mid-term review sharing workshop on Climate Smart Agriculture and Gender Programme in the scope of FLOW/EOWE & WEAVE projects was conducted in Hoi An with the attendance more

Monday, March 4, 2019
My journey with Young Expert Programmes more