The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, 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 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) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

YEP Effect 4 has been released!

During the YEP kick off of batch 15,  another new edition of YEP Effect has been officially launched: the fourth edition is now available!

YEP alumnus Jacques on TV!

Jacques Tuyishime, alumnus of YEP Programmes, is now Managing Director at Holland GreenTech in Rwanda. He has developed several skills during his time in YEP,  especially during the Personal Development Training!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 16th batch starts on 4 February 2019
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Floris van Zuilekom - YEP Water at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. in Kenya

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

Mukrab Kassahun

Where is she now? Hydrogeologist at MS Consultancy Ethiopia

Young Expert at Acacia Water - Ethiopia

YEP period 2013 - 2015, batch 1

YEP Role

During my time at YEP I was working in MS Consultancy as Hydrogeologist. I was involved in a PPP project to conduct a water resources assessment with Acacia Water in Harer Region, Ethiopia. Click here for more information about my project.



I am a caring and helpful person who enjoys meeting different types of people. I have the ability to manage a varied workload and enjoy working both in a team and on my own initiative. I am reliable and strive to maintain a positive attitude and have the ability to learn quickly. I am looking to improve my position in the work force, expand my knowledge and skills.



Nationality: Ethiopian
Education: I hold a Bsc. Degree in Applied Geology (July 2008) and Msc.Degree in Hydrogeology (November 2012) from Mekelle University.


Experience before YEP

I have over four year experience in Amhara Water Works Construction Enterprise as Site Geologist and Drilling and Pumping test crew team leader.

YEP Water


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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Dire Dawa Water Supply Project
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Thursday, September 11, 2014
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