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.


Employ a Young Expert; submit your proposal before October 11th

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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

Sander de Raad - YEP Agrofood at Resilience B.V. in Ethiopia

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

Kojo Essuman Ackah

Young Expert at WaterWorX - Ghana

YEP period 2020 - 2022, batch Tm2

YEP Role

Database Analysis for WWX NRW (Non-revenue water)



  • Data Analysis/Data Science
  • Structural Analysis
  • Hydraulic Design


Nationality: Ghanaian
Education: MSc. Civil Engineering (Florida State University)


Experience before YEP

Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) Head Office, September 2018 – Current:


  1. Served as secretary on the EOH Proposal Technical Advisory Committee geared towards Non-Revenue Water Reduction
  2. Reviewed the Yaselmic Proposal for smart technologies towards Non-Revenue Water Reduction
  3. Performed a comparative analysis of costs for new service connections across GWCL Regions
  4. Created the Specifications List for the Telemetry project under GAMA (draft bidding document for the retooling of the meter shop)
  5. Served as a member of the technical clarification meeting with JMC Projects Inc.  engineer Sudesna Biswas over for GAMA


Teaching Assistant - Florida State University, January2018 – June 2018


Graduate Research Assistant - Florida State University, August 2014 – August 2017


Teaching Assistant - Florida State University, August 2015 – May 2016


Assistant Engineer - Strescon Engineering Consultancy,  Accra-Ghana, December 2012 – February 2015

YEP Tailor-made


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