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

Ronia Tandukar - YEP Energy at One to Watch B.V. in Nepal

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

Sjoske Tuinstra

Young Expert at World Water Academy - South Africa

YEP period 2020 - 2021, batch 18

YEP Role

Young Expert I work at the World Water Academy and the Netherlands Water Partnership. For WWA I am the assistant project coordinator for the OKP project: Bridging the water. This project aims to bridge the skill gap between theory and practice in the water sector in South Africa. Through embedding an action learning and co-creating approach, the project leads to improved water management, water services and livelihoods. For NWP, I work as a project officer on international collaboration in the water sector. We are the first entry for anyone seeking Dutch water expertise, and support the Dutch water sector to have more impact internationally. I am based at the provincial department of Water & Sanitation, and partly at the Dutch Consulate in cape Town.


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  • Stakeholder Engagement

  • Project coordination

  • Communication


Nationality: Dutch
Education: Human Geography and Urban Planning (University of Utrecht)


Experience before YEP

  • I started working at NWP before my YEP experience, in 2019. I was involved in organizing trade missions and events, and collaboration with South Africa. Furthermore, I have done part of my studies in South Africa (University of the Western Cape), including a thesis on the impact of the water crisis of 2018 on low-income communities.

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