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.


Employ a Young Expert; submit your proposal before October 11th

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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

Davis Shatimba Wanangwe - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Kenya

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

Annemarijn Nijmeijer

Young Expert at Cocoanect - Ivory Coast

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 16

YEP Role 

As a program officer for Cocoanect I am responsible for the execution of all the environmental programs Cocoanect is running in Ghana and Ivory Coast. Among other things this includes the establishment of shade tree nurseries, the creation of agroforestry bleu prints, the distribution of improved cookstoves. 


Click here for more information about my project



  • Strong analytical skills
  • Solution driven
  • Strong computing skills including Microsoft and Adobe programs
  • Fluent in Dutch, English and French 


Nationality: Dutch 

Education: PhD in tropical ecology and agronomy 


Experience before YEP 

PhD tropical ecology and agronomy with a strong focus on cocoa.

YEP Agrofood


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