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.


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New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Anke Verheij - YEP Water at Vitens Evides International in Vietnam

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

Gilbert Mwangi Kamau

Young Expert at TAHMO - Kenya

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 16

YEP Role

The TAHMO project aims to develop a vast network of hydro-meteorological monitoring stations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Approximately 20,000 stations and one station every 30 km. We achieve this by applying innovative sensor technology and ICT, TAHMO stations are both inexpensive and robust. Stations are placed at schools and integrated in educational programmes, adding richness to the curriculum and helping foster a new generation of scientists. Local weather data will be combined with models and satellite observations to obtain insight into the distribution of water and energy stocks and fluxes. 


My role is to co-ordinate all TAHMO activities in East Africa, mainly stations installations, maintenance, trainings and partnerships. 

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Team management
  • Electronic Engineering- Internet of things, microcontrollers, building electronic components
  • Strategic thinking

Nationality: Kenyan
Education: Bsc Instrumentation and Control Engineering Egerton University. MSc Electrical Engineering Jomo Kenyatta University (finalising)


Experience before YEP

  • Design Engineer: Designed power lines for new clients at Kenya Power for 6 months
  • Trainer/Tutor – Taught Diploma students at Mount Kenya University
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Citizen science in Maasai Mara Kenya
This month, TAHMO is on Citizen science mission. Citizen science is a concept where general public is involved in data collection, analysis in collaboration with scientists. Such data feed into more

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Thursday, February 28, 2019
Inside YEP Batch 16
The past 3 weeks were amazing. I, together with 26 other energetic water and agro-food experts from Africa, Asia and Europe received the first training of Young Expert Program in the Hague. The more

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
SWC mentors IoT for Climate Program in Rwanda
UNDP in partnership with Meteo Rwanda had invited technocrats to design a climate early warning system on Internet of Things (IoT). The hackathon was held in Kayonza District, Rwanda between July more

Gilbert Demonstrates how AWS works