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

Adamu Billey - YEP Agrofood at Cocoanect in Ghana

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

Tim van der Linden

Young Expert at aQysta - Malawi

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 18

YEP Role

As Country Manager of aQysta Malawi (company) I’m responsible for the daily running’s of our office based in the South of Malawi. aQysta is well known for its innovative irrigation tools such as the Barsha Pump. Related to the Barsha pump we are running 2 funded projects while we are trying to be self-sustainable within a few years. Apart from irrigation tools, we are looking into market linkage, agricultural practices and creating of impact to Malawian small holder farmers. 

As the country manager my role and targets are very diverse. I’m end-responsible for the accounts, sales and marketing, but spend also a few days each week on product and program development. The combination of field and office work, is something I really admire. 



  • Good overall knowledge of the local culture and structure
  • Being innovative and creative
  • Management and networking 
  • Logistics and planning


Nationality: Dutch
Education: I have achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in The Netherlands


Experience before YEP

After graduating (2011) of my Bachelor’s Degree in The Netherlands, I decided to move to Malawi, where I ended up working in the private sector. In Malawi I have worked in management positions for several SME’s with up to 100 local employees. In November 2019 I got engaged with aQysta Malawi. 

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