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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Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

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Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

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Cephas Ngazimbi

Young Expert at We Consult - Zambia

YEP period 2020 - 2022, batch 19

YEP Role

Hydrogeologist at Aquaquest limited, a water supply consultancy company in Zambia. Aquaquest Ltd. – part of the WE Group – is a water supply consultancy active in East and Southern Africa. The company provides professional cost effective assistance to farmers, mining companies and housing projects without access to surface water by providing hydrogeological assessments and geophysical field surveys by supervising borehole drilling, development of sustainable wells and advising on water management and its strategies. My main duties include but are not limited to:

  • Groundwater assessment and monitoring
  • Geophysical field surveys
  • Hydraulic borehole tests
  • Supervision of borehole drilling and development
  • Borehole assessments
  • Analysis of data in QGIS and report writing
  • Team leader


  • Geophysical surveying
  • Supervising drilling contractors
  • Water system analysis
  • Team player
  • Works well with or without supervision
  • Ready to work under pressure
  • Excellent problem solving skills 

Nationality: Zambian
Education: B.Sc. in Physics and Geology from The University of Zambia


Experience before YEP

  • August 2019 - Present: Junior Hydrogeologist at Aquaquest Ltd.(Water consultancy)
  • July 2017 - June 2019: Procurement Officer June at Diverse Supplies Ltd (purchasing and supply chain)
  • February 2019 - June 2019: Exploration Geologist on a regional mapping project with TGCS (Geochemical mapping)
  • June 2018 - November 2018: Exploration Geologist on projects with Vikram Ltd (geochemical sampling)
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