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
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Our Young Experts

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Saada Mohamed Sala

Young Expert at SNV - Kenya

YEP period 2020 - 2022, batch 19

YEP Role

I am a Junior Project Advisor (Young Expert Energy). 

About my project: It’s an Energizing Development (Endev) project of “Accelerating Access to Energy Services” where SNV is one of the key implementing partners in Kenya. The project’s overall objective is to contribute to Kenya’s “Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All)” initiative whose goal is to achieve 100% universal access to modern energy services by 2030 for both cooking and electricity. The core component of the project will focus on supporting the establishment and expansion of sustainable and profitable enterprises to increase the penetration of improved Cookstoves and solar powered systems for productive use by households and small scale businesses.


My key tasks include:

  • Providing technical assistance to the participating beneficiaries and verification agent during the verification of sales data and progress reports
  • Coordinating the capacity building activities for the beneficiary organisations and businesses
  • Supporting stakeholder engagement and knowledge dissemination activities
  • Participate in sector level forums and collaborate with or support sector level institutions and mechanisms
  • Contribute towards knowledge development based on project’s experiences and market trends. 


Project Management; Economic Research; Analytical Skills and Report Writing; Team work; Effective Communication



Nationality: Kenyan
Education: Master of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics; University of Nairobi - Kenya


Experience before YEP

  • November 2018 – December 2019: Project Consultant at SNV Kenya on a Result Based Financing (RBF) Solar Project. My key roles included; supporting beneficiary contracting; collection, review and validation of beneficiary sales data, progress reports and incentive claims; support the independent verification process; and contribute to planning and ensure speedy implementation of the project.
  • April 2018 - October 2018: Research Trainee at the Central Bank of Kenya. Key areas included construction of database of monetary, financial and economic data; and analysis of macroeconomic framework that links the four key sectors of economy: monetary, fiscal, Balance of Payment & real sector.
  • March 2015 – April 2016: Monitoring and Evaluation Trainee at the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA). Key areas included: monitoring and evaluation of AFA flagship projects; documentation of quarterly and annual M&E & performance and contract activities reports; designed data collection tools for various market surveys and market research.
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