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.


YEP Information Event September 3rd

Interested in employing an enthusiastic motivated young professional on your international project? Join our online YEP Information Event on September 3rd!

Candidates: apply for one YEP position now!

We are looking for a perfect Dutch candidate for a YEP Energy position at Hypoport BV South Africa! You can apply until 9 August 2020.

New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

Organisations: deadline project submission

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

11 October 2020

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

Irene Westra - YEP Agrofood at in Kenya

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

Karin Rozendal-Grandjean

Young Expert at ICCO Cooperation - Senegal

YEP period 2020 - 2021, batch 20

YEP Role

I work as a Learning & Knowledge Sharing Advisor for ICCO’s STARS programme (Strengthening African Rural Smallholders). STARS is a five-year (2017 – 2021) project in partnership with Mastercard Foundation. Through a market system development approach, the project focuses on improving access to finance and markets for more than 200,000 smallholder farmers in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Senegal and Burkina Faso.


My role in the programme is to guide evaluations (internal and external), gather lessons learned, and encourage knowledge sharing via publications and other formats. In addition, I am closely involved in the development and implementation of a digital tool for financial institutions.



Project management, Monitoring & Evaluation, Facilitating learning, Advising on use and development of online (learning) tools. Languages: Dutch, English, French



Nationality: Dutch

  • MSc Youth, Education & Society - Utrecht University

  • Advanced Master International Development (AMID) - Radboud University Nijmegen

  • Post-bachelor on E-learning - Avans Den Bosch 

Experience before YEP

I worked for the Liliane Foundation, a Dutch NGO for disability inclusion in Africa, Asia and Latin-America. 

My tasks were:

  • set up of a global network of Partner Organisations: Liliane foundation INClusion network

  • project leader Voices for Inclusion project

  • developing blended learning course on advocacy for disability inclusion

  • design and implement an online learning and knowledge sharing platform

  • advising on best practice documentation and other publications

  • facilitation of trainings and reflection meetings

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