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 21):

10 May 2020

Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 27 May

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Ayoub Asenga - YEP Agrofood at Justdiggit in Tanzania

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

Tim Janssen

Where is he now? Planning Engineer at Denys the Netherlands

Young Expert at - Kenya

YEP period 2013 - 2015, batch 2

YEP Role

During my YEP time I was working as a Young Water Expert for Akvo. I was situated in Kenya to assist the local hub manager in his day-to-day operations. I became the FLOW expert in East Africa and gave workshops and trainings related to this subject.
Click here for more information about my project.



I’m a practical and enthusiastic person. During my internships I had the opportunity to specialize in different aspects of water management and construction. I got experience with AutoCAD and Revit and can supervise small projects related to civil engineering. I’m also interested in the use of GPS equipment and IT (windows, linux).



Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc. in Civil Engineering at the University of Arnhem and Nijmegen (August 2009 - September 2013)


Experience before YEP

During my time at the university of Arnhem and Nijmegen I had the opportunity to get practical work experience in The Netherlands and abroad. These internships were all in a multidisciplinary work environment where different work fields came together. I worked on the following projects:

  • Thesis on the realization of a work island in the Caspian Sea for Witteveen+Bos. The main focus was making sure that the design of the island didn’t conflict with the rules and regulations concerning the maximum amount of particles per liter of water
  • Internship at Ballast Nedam International in Ghana, focusing on the realization of water treatment plants and the corresponding pipelines
  • Internship at Royal Haskoning focusing on the design of booster- and pump stations in 2D and 3D
  • Internship at Heijmans N.V. working on the preparation of different infrastructural projects
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Thursday, February 26, 2015
YEP Group 2 Return Training
From the 9th of February till the 19th of february the YEP Group 2 came together in Veessen for workshops, sharing experiences and finishing up on our trends project. During the two weeks more

Presenting our trends after one year of YEP

Monday, December 8, 2014
One year anniversary with Akvo
For the last couple of months I was busy with giving training exercises in East- and Southern Africa. I went to give a training in Mozambique, then shortly afterwards I went to Rwanda and Uganda to more

Tim presenting Akvo FLOW

Monday, November 17, 2014
FLOW Training Lichinga
At the end of October Akvo was giving a training to the staff of SNV Mozambique and a couple of people from the local government on how to use the Akvo FLOW system to collect data. The training was more