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.


Employ a Young Expert; submit your proposal before October 11th

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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

Harma S. Luwinzo - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Tanzania

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

Zebulon Spruijt

Young Expert at We Consult - Mozambique

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 18

YEP Role

As a hydrogeologist, I work for WE Consult Mozambique. I am involved in both technical and management tasks within projects. Technical tasks include amongst others:

  • Groundwater and surface water assessments
  • Geological analysis and geophysical surveying
  • Test pumping and water sampling
  • GIS and mapping

Management tasks include:

  • Acquisition and proposal writing
  • Development of work plan and budget
  • Organisation of personnel
  • Contact with third parties (e.g. local governments, NGOs, institutional organisations)

I am responsible for assisting, executing and co-managing projects according to the work plan and budget in terms of quality, time, expenses, deliverables, organization and safety. 



  • Multidisciplinary background in hydrogeology and surface water hydrology, both in the Netherlands and abroad 
  • Enthusiastic and curious to understand and learn from (technical) processes and the people behind it 
  • Connecting people and looking for opportunities to collaborate 
  • Languages: Dutch, English, French, Portuguese (in progress)


Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc in Soil, Water and Atmosphere at Wageningen University, MSc in Earth and Environment, specialisation Hydrology and water resources at Wageningen University


Experience before YEP

  • 2017: MSc thesis on bed forms in the Kapuas River, Kalimantan, Indonesia including field research
  • 2018: MSc internship for Dutch water board Aa en Maas in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. Within the Faso Koom project I worked on a water supply and demand issue, including designing the water balance.
  • June 2018 - November 2019: project engineer for Dutch consultancy firm Witteveen+Bos. As a hydrologist I was involved in numerous water quantity and water system design projects, mainly in the Netherlands. 
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