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

Leva Konate - YEP Agrofood at Mali Biocarburant in Burkina Faso

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

Jacquis Rabeasy

Young Expert at Practica Foundation - Madagascar

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 18

YEP Role

During my YEP employment, I will support the development of a pro-poor latrine emptying service which will integrate two innovations with Practica foundation. First, the service will be delivered by a tractor with two different trailers (slurry tanker, simple trailers) in order to access all parts of the city (which is characterised by a hilly landscape). Secondly, service costs will be partially covered by the benefits generated from public toilets in order to improve service affordability for poor people.


My main tasks include: 

  • Develop and set-up Standard of Procedures (SOPs) for the emptying services. Adapted from previous SOPs developed by Practica in Zambia, these SOPs will describe all details related to transport, opening, desludging, dumping, treatment and cleaning operations involved within the FSM chain. From a draft version these SOPs will be improved by practice, and related training and monitoring tools will also be developed;
  • Design, model and monitor O&M costs of the FSM service including the subsidy component from public toilets. Using excel, and templates developed by Practica within other projects, I will compile all required field data (labour efficiency, fuel efficiency, etc…) to allow the financial analysis and set affordable tariffs for poor households while keeping the FSM service profitable;
  • Train and coach the FSM service partners in performing high quality services from the pit emptying to the management of treated sludge;
  • I will attend practical trainings given by Practica senior trainers to the service provider, and will coach the workers downstream, ensuring the link between experts and workers until the service reaches an acceptable yield of activity and level of quality. 


  • Good communication of cultural differences  
  • Fecal sludge management  
  • Renewable energy 
  • Creative

Nationality: Malagasy
Education: Industrial Engineering


Experience before YEP

Researches and tests carried on ecofriendly innovations: literature reviews, mock-ups and prototypes building, analytical tests:

  • Pilot reuse of plastic bags to produce paving blocks
  • Pilot biogas production based on excreta and faecal sludge treatment
  • Develop models to assess O&M costs

Leading the feasibility study and detailed studies of a faecal sludge treatment plant designed to cover needs of 1,000 inhabitants:

  • Sizing of treatment process
  • Development of technical drawings, bill of quantities, cost estimates
  • Modeling of O&M costs to set-up service tariffs

Piloting charcoal production from biosolids from a 100 m3/month capacity treatment plant (drying beds).

Project manager:

  • Literature review on carbonization and briquetting technologies
  • Building of small scale briquettes production chain
  • Adaptation carbonization briquetting protocols from literature
  • Field test to determinate production yields and production costs
  • Small movie on how to produce charcoal from Faecal Sludge

Installation and maintenance of an aerobic biofilter to treat wastewater collected from offices and apartments:

  • Coordination of installation works
  • Supervision of electrical and plumbing installations
  • Installation and commissioning of the treatment unit
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