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

Takhona Lindelwa Dlamini - YEP Tailor-made,YEP Water at Waterschap Vechtstromen in eSwatini

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

Leva Konate

Young Expert at Mali Biocarburant - Burkina Faso

YEP period 2020 - 2022, batch 20

YEP Role

Sales and Marketing Representative at Faso Biocarburant SARL (mother company is Mali Biocarburant SARL). At our factory in Leo, Burkina Faso, we produce vegetable oils from inedible oilseeds. Our main vegetable oil is called neem oil, which we use as a biopesticide. With neem we want to develop a green agricultural market in Burkina Faso with both our biopesticide and biofertilizer. 



  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Team Player
  • Communication Skills
  • Digital Marketing
  • Solution Driven
  • Entrepreneurial


Nationality: Dutch

  • Bsc - Public administration and Organization Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Msc - Media & Business, Erasmus University Rotterdam 

Experience before YEP

Msc in Media in Business at the EUR. My most recent experience before starting the YEP programme was going on exchange for a semester in Monterrey, Mexico to finalize my master. Besides my studies, I’ve been a Sales Captain at Pepperminds (sales agency) and a HR assistant at Ohpen (cloud-banking software engine) and TomTom.

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