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

Drocelle Musabyimana - YEP Agrofood at Wageningen University & Research in Rwanda

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Sara Groenendijk

Where is she now? Coach at own company ADEY in Ethiopia

Young Expert at Meta Meta - Ethiopia

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 1

YEP Role

I worked as a Young Expert on the establishment and management of a Climate Innovation Centre (CIC) in Ethiopia on behalf of the Dutch organisation MetaMeta. This CIC was one of the first in a global network of CICs. The CIC provided a country‐driven approach to dealing with climate change and supported the government of Ethiopia’s Climate Resilience Green Economy (CRGE) strategy.
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I have a passion for ecological as well as for socio-economic development issues. I have knowledge and experience in environmental assessment, climate change, development of knowledge products, PM&E, reporting and proposals writing, and in quantitative and qualitative research. I am interested in facilitating interactive group processes and mobilising people.  I am proactive, flexible, and committed. I seek challenging and dynamic environments where I have the opportunity to continuously develop myself.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: Advanced Masters in International Development (AMID) at the Centre for International Development Issues (CIDIN) of the Radboud University of Nijmegen; Masters in Development and Rural Innovation at the Wageningen University and Research Centre; Bachelors in Biology at the Utrecht University, all in the Netherlands.


Experience before YEP

I worked as an environmental assessment officer at the Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment (EA), facilitating an expert working group tasked to advice on an integrated development plans. Furthermore, I worked on setting up tailor-made advices, providing training on EA related issues, and elaborating several knowledge products. Earlier, I worked as a programme and policy officer on climate change at Oxfam Novib; as a programme officer at Mensen met een Missie; and as a teacher assistant at several subject given by the Wageningen and Utrecht Universities. I have field experience in Brazil, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nepal and Suriname.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Visiting the Water Campus in Leeuwarden
During our 2 weeks training in The Netherlands early September, we visited the Water Campus in Leeuwarden. There we saw how research institutions and several small and medium enterprises learn from more

Water Alliance Yep film

Friday, July 11, 2014
Settings up the first outreach center
This week I am in Bahir Dar to set up the first outreach center of the Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center. The objective of our outreach centers is to offer business support services like we offer more

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Training on intellectual property
Getachew Alemu, intellectual property law consultant and attorney, and former Director General of the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office, gave a training to SMEs supported by the Ethiopia CIC on more

Getachew Alemu in action!