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

Aye Myat Thwe - YEP Agrofood at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. in Myanmar

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

Niels Oostveen

Young Expert at We Consult - Uganda

YEP period 2020 - 2021, batch 18

YEP Role

WE Consult is a consultancy company specialised in water, sanitation and environment, including hydrogeology, WASH, water resources management, socio-economic surveys, environmental impact assessments and project management and evaluation. 


I will take part in hydrogeological projects and will eventually be project leader of various projects related to sustainable water resources management. Types of projects I will be involved with are: ground- and surface water assessments, geological and geophysical assessments, and integrated water resource management projects. I will be able to train local staff on various technical topics, and also on professional work ethics. In addition, I will assist with promoting sustainable water use and water resource monitoring among farmers and other large scale water users. 



Hydrology, Hydrogeology, GIS, Geoscripting, numerical modelling



Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc Land and Water Management with a specialisation in Applied Hydrology at VHL University, MSc in Hydrology, Water Resource Science and GIS at Wageningen University


Experience before YEP

Before starting the YEP program I have worked on various water management projects in different countries, including Romania, Vietnam, and Burkina Faso. 

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