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

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

Sadik Ahnaf Tahmid - YEP Agrofood at Single Spark in Bangladesh

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

Sam Robroek

Young Expert at Wereld Waternet - Kenya

YEP period 2019 - 2020, batch 17

YEP Role

Assistant project manager for World Waternet in Kenya for the projects WaterWorX Nairobi and Blue Deal Tana contributing to sustainable water supply management.


Click here for more information about my project.



  • Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)
  • Water policy and law
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Surface hydrology
  • Geohydrology
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Catchment hydrology
  • Sustainable development


Nationality: Dutch

Education: BSc Earth Sciences (Utrecht University), MSc Waterscience and Management (Utrecht University)


Experience before YEP

MSc thesis at Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company on the correlation between intermittent water supply and non-revenue water

BSc thesis on the impact of aquifer depletion in major aquifers in India and the U.S.A. with the use of PCRaster Global Water Balance

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