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.


Employ a Young Expert; submit your proposal before October 11th

Join YEP Programmes and submit your proposal for a Young Expert position now!

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

Londiwe Dlamini - YEP Water at World Water Academy in South Africa

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.


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  • 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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