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.


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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

Karin Rozendal-Grandjean - YEP Agrofood at ICCO Cooperation in Senegal

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

Wouter Huisman

Where is he now? Consultant at Brabant Water the Netherlands

Young Expert at Brabant Water - Benin

YEP period 2014 - 2015, batch 2

YEP Role

In the Young Expert Programme I worked at the cooperation between Brabant Water and SONEB. Brabant Water is the drinking water company that provides the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands with drinking water. SONEB is the national drinking water company of Benin in West Africa. In my role as Young Expert I worked on project and asset management at SONEB and focused especially on the ORIO-project that aims to secure drinking water supply for the city of Parakou in 2025.
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My strong points could be characterized as creative, carry on mentality, team player and I feel at ease in a challenging environment. My education as civil engineer and my broad interest make that I combine the technical with the process aspects in a project, that I have the overview in a project and that I could bring together different stakeholders. In this current project I would like to use these skills to realize project progress in the ORIO-project and explore more of the whole urban water cycle.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc in Civil Engineering and Management at University of Twente


Experience before YEP

My experience is in project management and design of drinking water infrastructure projects. I have worked on different projects varying from relining transportation pipelines to replacement of the pipelines in urban areas. I enjoy managing projects, the many uncertainties that have to be dealt with and working with many stakeholders, such as our customers, municipalities and contractors.

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