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.


Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 21):

10 May 2020

Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 27 May

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Femke Dekker - YEP Agrofood at Satelligence in Ghana

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

Karlijn Groen

Young Expert at SNV - Kenya

YEP period 2020 - 2022, batch 19

YEP Role

I work as a Project Advisor for SNV Kenya on projects aimed at achieving sustainable energy markets in Kenya. This includes the promotion of clean cooking and renewable energy solutions using a market based approach. My primary focus is the access to finance component within these projects. 



  • Practical: project management, communcation, event management
  • Content: sustainable finance, sustainable business strategies

Nationality: Dutch
Education: BA International Relations & International Organisations, Msc Global Business & Sustainability and Adv. Master in International Development


Experience before YEP

Sustainable Finance Analyst for FMO – Dutch Development Bank

YEP Energy


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