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 19):

15 October 2019

Preparatory training course

Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November

Training of the 19th batch starts on 20 January 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 4 November

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new 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

Ekow Akyin Kwofie - YEP Agrofood at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. in Ghana

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

Mike Jacobs

Where is he now? Operations manager at Jacob Lawren Ghana

Young Expert at Dutch Water Partners B.V. - Ghana

YEP period 2015 - 2016, batch 6

YEP Role

I was a Sales Officer at Dutch Water Partners in Ghana. Dutch Water Partners is a water treatment and storage company focused on developing small to medium scale decentralized water installations for developing countries. My task was to develop a lead channel and sales distribution network in Ghana.


Click here for more information about my project.



  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Administration
  • Project Management
  • Operations Management


Nationality: Dutch
Education: BA in business administration with a minor  in marketing, Richmond University London, United Kingdom


Experience before YEP

Two years’ experience in Operations and project management at Jacob Lawren Ltd. The company focused on construction and logistics in the drink water and irrigation sector in Ghana.

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Monday, June 20, 2016
Our RO filtration system
This is our new ultra filtration system that will be shipped to Ghana in the coming weeks for installment in remote towns and villages providing clean drinking more

DWP UF System

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Akvo RSR Training
Training to use the RSR program in the YEP water social media more

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