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

Thijs Merton - YEP Water at Aqua for All in Ethipoia

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

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.



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.



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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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. 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 more

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