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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Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

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Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

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Stephen Otieno

Young Expert at Fair & Sustainable - Kenya

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 18

YEP Role

Position: Junior Consultant (Agriculture and Rural Development)


  • Concept note and proposal development
  • Networking in order to identify opportunities and making decision
  • Conservation agriculture, Agricultural value chains and market linkages training manuals development
  • Representing company in various external forums such consortium partners meetings
  • Capacity building stakeholders on the following concepts; Agricultural Value Chain Development, climate smart agriculture, Food Security and Community Development
  • Operating the SharePoint
  • Preparation of SGL references according to required formats templates (EU or WB)
  • Acting as Supporting Manager of specific EOI’s/tenders as instructed


  • Technical Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Adaptability Skills
  • Teamwork Skills

Nationality: Kenyan

  • Kisii University (2018- ongoing): Msc. Agricultural Extension
  • University of Eldoret (2014): Bsc. Agroforestry and Rural Development (First Class Honours) 

Experience before YEP

  • Young Professional at Sustainet Group Limited
  • Agriculture and Rural Development Consultant (currently on need arise basis) at Armstrong Women Empowerment Centre Kenya
  • Agribusiness Field Officer at Momentus Agribusiness Organisation Kenya
YEP Agrofood


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