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

Rik de Gorter - YEP Water at Ballast Nedam in Sri Lanka

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

Kumar Bhattarai

Young Expert at Simavi - Nepal

YEP period 2020 - 2022, batch 19

YEP Role

Programme coordinator at SEBAC Nepal for Access to Sanitation and Hygiene for All (ASHA) project funding by SIMAVI/Dopper Netherlands. My role in the project is the planning, implementation, operation and monitoring of the ASHA project to enhance equitable access of quality drinking water , improved sanitation and hygiene behaviour, strengthen local governance and empower local women and socially excluded groups. The project focus on Access to sanitaiton and Hygiene for All to full fill the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, in joint collaboration with provincial and local government agencies and non governmental organisations.



  • Project management and development
  • Stakeholder management and communication
  • Goal oriented and positive mindset
  • Team building
  • Supportive and cooperative
  • Able to mix with diverse communities and groups


Nationality: Nepali

  • 2019: Masters in Rural Development, Trichandra Campus TU
  • 2010:  Bachelors Degree in English Indrawati Campus TU

Experience before YEP

  • District Wash Officer at ENPHO-Environment and Public Health Organisations (Sept. 2016 - May 2018)
  • Internship HelpAge International (Sept. 2015 - Febr. 2016)
  • Internship Tuki Association Sindhupalchowk (July 2013 - July 2015)
  • WASH Super visor SEBAC Nepal (Aug. 2012 - June 2013)


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