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

Johan Winnubst - YEP Water at Meta Meta in Malawi

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

Max Heeg

Young Expert at Max Foundation - Ethiopia

YEP period 2020 - 2022, batch 19

YEP Role

As Healthy Village Development Officer, I will support the development and initiation of the Ethiopia Healthy Village Programme (WASH-Nutrition/Food). 



  • Partnership Building
  • Project Management 
  • Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Business Development
  • Programme Development

Nationality: Dutch

  • MA, Globalisation and Development Studies, Maastricht University
  • BSc, International Business, University of Groningen 

Experience before YEP

  • Site Coordinator at Drapen i Havet in Nea Kavala refugee camp, Greece (2018-2019)
  • Assistant Project Manager at Eco-Agric Uganda in Hoima, Uganda (2017-2018)
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