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
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Our Young Experts

Amos Gikuni Muriithi - YEP Agrofood at Truvalu in Kenya

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Eelke Boerema

Young Expert at Wageningen University & Research - Kenya

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 17

YEP Role

A Nairobi-based Young Expert in food system resilience in areas of protracted crises, contributing to the Food and Nutrition Security-Resilience PROgramme (FNS-REPRO) implemented by FAO and WUR in the Horn of Africa. This programme aims to contribute to resilient livelihoods and food systems, and contributions to sustainable localized peace, in selected regions of Sudan, Somaliland and South Sudan. FNS-REPRO will started in September 2019 for 4 years.

By having a good understanding of agriculture-based livelihoods in areas of protracted conflict, experience with adult learning methodologies, and with a specific interest in working in countries like Sudan, Somaliland and South Sudan, I will support the management and implementation of the Learning Agenda of FNS-REPRO which is implemented under responsibility of WUR. This learning agenda aims to reinforce field activities and facilitate improved policy and practice on food system resilience. Assignments range from project monitoring and -reporting, to action-oriented research, capacity strengthening (including facilitating short term training), documentation of good practices, or a combination of the above. Activities include support to food system analyses; moderation of communities of practice; deliver training and contribute to technical assistance to partners; organisation of exchange events, learning journeys, and strategic consultations; liaise with local partners and FAO. 

Next to implementing activities, I will contribute to further developing the Centre’s international profile and portfolio of work in the area of food system resilience in areas of protracted crises. From the base at FAO Nairobi’s office, I will undertake regular assignments in Sudan, Somaliland and South Sudan.


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Project management, context analysis, disaster risk management, disaster risk reduction, food system resilience, conflict analysis, community-managed processes, facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes, leadership and management, proposal writing, training and workshops in multi-cultural dynamics.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: Bachelor of Science: ‘International Development Management’, specialized in ‘Disaster Risk Management’ – Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences. 


Experience before YEP

  • Work 2015-2018: Sales Associate - GiftNation
  • Volunteering: 2015: PE coach – Cape Town, South Africa
  • Internship 2016: Concern Universal – Resilience Team, The Gambia
  • Internship 2018: Cordaid – Resilience Team – Program Manager, Sierra Leone – establishment of two ‘Community-Managed Disaster Risk Reduction’ programs
  • Thesis Research 2019: Cordaid – Resilience Team – ‘Community-Managed Disaster Risk Reduction in Fragile and Conflict Affected Areas’ – Uganda/Netherlands
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