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

Sjoske Tuinstra - YEP Water at World Water Academy in South Africa

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Hadi Toure

Young Expert at Wereld Waternet - Mali

YEP period 2020 - 2022, batch 19

YEP Role

I will work as a project coordinator on the Water Operators Partnership (WOP) partnership between the Malian water utility (SOMAGEP SA) and Waternet ( Amsterdam water utility). The partnership (Waterworx) involves several work packages oriented towards strengthening SOMAGEP in leadership, capacity building and improving financial position by developing investment proposals. I will coordinate the different working groups in:

  • Improving the water quality and access for populations in Mali
  • Obtaining ISO 17025 certification for the laboratory
  • Reducing non-revenue water (NRW)
  • Drafting and implementing a Water safety and climate resilience plan
  • Implement a social inclusion plan and obtain gender certification 


Project management, drinking water treatment, water quality, drinking water supply, laboratory management, proposal writing, monitoring & evaluation



Nationality: Malian
Education: Master’s degree in Water Treatment Engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF) 2018


Experience before YEP

September 2015 – August 2018: Environmental Systems Engineering Institute, University of Central Florida

The objective of my research was to remove perfluorinated compounds (PFOA, PFOs) from contaminated drinking water. My tasks included:

  • Performing water quality analysis for surface and groundwater
  • Assembling a bench scale nanofiltration setup
  • Developing methods for analytical instruments

May 2017 – Present: African Sky, OHIO USA

I am the environmental health Program director for African Sky, a non-for profit organization based in the United States. I coordinate projects to raise environmental and heath awareness in partner malian high schools. We organized:

  • Cleanup days in the city of Bamako, Mali 
  • 2-day training on innovations in water in a high school in Markala region, Mali
  • Mentoring for young girls in the STEM field
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