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

Gilbert Mwangi Kamau - YEP Water at TAHMO in Kenya

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

Salome Boyd

Young Expert at Wageningen University & Research - Ivory Coast

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 18

YEP Role

As a Young Expert, I am working on the HortiFresh program in Côte d’Ivoire. Using a demand-driven approach, HortiFresh aims to establish a more innovative, inclusive, sustainable and (internationally) competitive fruit and vegetable sector in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. In my capacity as a Young Expert, I focus on the following agro-economic activities:

  • Support and follow-up on companies that have received co-financed innovation grants
  • Support mango actors in cluster activities (i.e. value chain and market access development), addressing common issues raised by cluster actors themselves
  • Liaise and facilitate capacity building activities (i.e. demonstration plots for phytosanitary products, financial literacy training)
  • Link stakeholders and establish stronger business-to-business relationships
  • Advise and support companies in accessing finance
  • Liaise and support in data collection and analysis for M&E
  • Organise Business Platforms, Roundtables, Trade Missions and fairs


  • Project management
  • Facilitating interactive processes
  • Advocacy and grassroots lobbying
  • Analytical skills and critical evaluation
  • Research and data analysis
  • English, Dutch and French


Nationality: Dutch/American

  • MSc Public Administration: Economics and Governance at Leiden University
  • BSc Regional Development and Innovation at Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences
  • Minor in Development and Policies in a Globalizing World at Wageningen University & Research 

Experience before YEP

  • Courses, projects and events support at Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands
  • Educational Assistant for MSc programs Management of Development (MOD) and Agricultural Production Chain Management (APCM) at Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences in Velp, The Netherlands
  • Intern liaising with the Publish What You Pay coalition in advocacy for resource revenue transparency legislation, on behalf of the PCUSA Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C., USA
  • Intern for Youth and Governance and Sports for Peace programs at the Society for Awareness, Harmony and Equal Rights in Mumbai, India
  • Intern for the Credit Against Poverty program at Réseau de Lutte contre la Faim in Yaoundé, Cameroon
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