YEP

The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, 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 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) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.

NEWS

YEP Effect 4 has been released!

During the YEP kick off of batch 15,  another new edition of YEP Effect has been officially launched: the fourth edition is now available!

YEP alumnus Jacques on TV!

Jacques Tuyishime, alumnus of YEP Programmes, is now Managing Director at Holland GreenTech in Rwanda. He has developed several skills during his time in YEP,  especially during the Personal Development Training!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 16th batch starts on 4 February 2019
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts


Berry van den Pol - YEP Water at Practica Foundation in Burkina Faso
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Click here for an overview of all YEP projects at Akvo RSR

Tim Donkers

Where is he now? Junior Production Manager at Selecta-One Uganda
History

Young Expert at We Consult - Uganda


YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 5

YEP Role

I was employed at the WE Consult foundation to work for the WE Consult group, a group of companies consisting of water resources and environmental specialists, GIS and database experts, engineers and architects providing professional advice and management for development projects in Uganda. Working as a consultant, I was involved in all stages (planning, design, development, training and management) of water projects in Uganda.

 

Click here for more information about my project.

 

Skills

I am an open minded, curious, enthusiastic and an adventurous person. Other people often describe me as an enthusiastic mediator with both solid technical as social environmental skills. Thanks to my former placements and (international) jobs, I have acquired independence, accuracy and adaptability. I like to operate as an inclusive leader, breaking down the barriers to get progression and getting the best out of people’s capacity and develop their talent to increase performance and business innovation.

 

Background

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc Environmental Sciences, Major: Environmental Technology, Minor: Renewable energy / Watertechnology / Resource Recovery (Wageningen University and Research Centre). BSc International Land & Watermanagement (WUR), specialization: Water engineering courses (TU Delft).

 

Experience before YEP

  • For my BSc internship / thesis I conducted 5 months of field research in Malawi in cooperation with Agricane (Agricultural engineering company) and Wageningen University. I was responsible to review and update the procedure of implementing gravity irrigation systems. Therefore I obtained experience in the planning, design, development, training and management of agricultural practices (more specific water practices) in African conditions. My connected BSc thesis was about participatory irrigation processes in smallholder irrigation systems.
  • For my MSc thesis I was working within the research theme “Blue Energy” at Technological Top Institute Wetsus (European Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology). Blue energy is the renewable clean energy which can be extracted from the salinity gradient of two water streams. In this challenging theme membrane technology, electrochemistry and process technology were combined in the (laboratory) research program. After finishing my thesis, I worked for one year as an academic researcher in the innovative field of bio-electrochemical systems to recover electricity out of wastewater with high organic carbon loads.
  • For my MSc internship I was located in Alberta (Canada) at the Netherlands Trade Office (NTO) in Edmonton and offered support to the NTO with establishing a closer collaboration between Dutch institutes and industry and Alberta ESRD Ministry, University of Alberta and Alberta Innovates Energy and Environment Solutions. My project was part of a collaborative effort between the province of Alberta and the Netherlands to address water challenges in both jurisdictions, and involved a feasibility study of Conjunctive Water Management in the province of Alberta including the types of approaches such as Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) and Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR).
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History


Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Another update from Kampala, Uganda
The last couple of months I have been busy with the coordination of many projects. Ranging from siting (ERT) jobs, baseline surveys, supervision of drilling and financial/technical proposal writing. I...read more

Testing the water quality of a borehole

Thursday, April 23, 2015
YEP 5 trainingsweek in Amersfoort!
The trainingsweek with both local and Dutch young experts was launched in Amersfoort last Monday. Learned already a lot so far; MBTI, conflict management, social media skills, networking and intercult...read more

Day 1: Dutch and Local Young Experts on the MBTI Teambuilding day.