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

Evelien Rietdijk - YEP Water at Solar Works in Mozambique

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

Robbert Neijenhuis

Young Expert at SNV - Kenya

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 17

YEP Role

As a Young Expert, I will be working for SNV Kenya, based in Nairobi. In my role as a business developer, I will mainly look for funding opportunities and new partnerships. In close collaboration with Sector Leaders, I will prepare sector specific development plans and write proposals for donor funding. Another important aspect of my job is knowledge sharing and communication. I will apply my skills acquired during the YEP training programme to be successful in my job, to build a relevant network and to eventually help people living in poverty.


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  • Business Development
  • Proposal writing
  • Strategic planning
  • Data analysis
  • Problem solving
  • Partnership building


Nationality: Dutch

Education: Bsc. Human Geography & Planning (Utrecht University), Msc. Urban Geography (Utrecht University)


Experience before YEP

Previously, I’ve worked in both the financial sector and in the (international) NGO sector. Most of my working career I’ve worked as a fundraiser (+/- 3 years), with some consultancy work in between (+/- 2 years). My latest job was with a medium-sized Dutch non-profit, where I was responsible for the retention of over 30.000 individual donors plus the annual recruitment of 2.000 new donors. In order to do so, I effectively developed different fundraising campaigns using TV, telemarketing, e-mail and direct mail. I also wrote proposals for capital funding.

YEP Agrofood


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