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

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Dorien Lugt

Young Expert at HKV Lijn in Water - Ghana

YEP period 2019 - 2020, batch 17

YEP Role

I work at HKV as a consultant on water and climate. HKV provides research and consultancy services on flood risk and water resources management in The Netherlands and abroad. In Ghana I work on two projects. 


In the first project, we develop end-to-end flood and drought early warning systems for the Sakumono basin in the Greater Accra Region and the Nabogo basin in the Northern Region. The Sakumono basin is an urbanized area suffering yearly from flood problems. The Nabogo basin is mainly rural area suffering from both flood and drought problems. We will not only develop the models and software, but also design warning dissemination strategies for both basins. The project is part of a larger project, Client II RAIN Ghana, which aims to develop sustainable technologies and services for adaptation to climate change in flood- and drought-prone areas in Ghana.


In the second project, we will expand the rainfall web- and mobile phone application called Rainsat with a now-casting component. This app, developed by HKV and the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI), is used in 14 countries on the African continent, including Ghana.  The now-casting, forecasting 3-4 hours ahead in time, uses a model trained with AI techniques. The rainfall prediction of 3-4 hours ahead is useful for flood forecasting and many other applications.





Nationality: Dutch


Experience before YEP


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