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.


Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

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

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

Yeusuf Ahmed - YEP Agrofood at Mott MacDonald in Bangladesh

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

Yoseph Cherinet Wakjira

Young Expert at Meta Meta - Ethiopia

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 16

YEP Role

As a Young Expert, I work for MetaMeta as Irrigation and Water Management Expert in three main projects promoting new farming methods, irrigation technologies, implementation of a smart farming pilot, and coordination of farmer to farmer knowledge exchange programs. 


Click here for more information about my project.



AutoCAD, Irrigation Software and Models, ArcGIS, QGIS and Remote Sensing for Agricultural Water Management, Water Accounting



Nationality: Ethiopian 

Education: MSc International Land and Water Management 


Experience before YEP 

Worked as Assistant Lecturer at Arba Minch University, Ethiopia.

YEP Water


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Friday, August 23, 2019
Partner for Water (Optimizing water use in the Awash Basin)
The project has the following main goals: • Improving the water governance for water availability in the Awash Awash basin by developing a water agreement and water allocation plan, implemented more

Poor Water application and management in smallholder farms

Friday, August 23, 2019
Water Productivity improvement in Practice (Water PIP)
Objective of the Project: • The key policy priority in Dutch Development Cooperation official DGIS policy is to enhance Water Productivity (WP) in the agricultural sector by 25%. As such it more

Female farmer