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

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New YEP positions will be available on 28 October
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Our Young Experts

Yoseph Cherinet Wakjira - YEP Water at Meta Meta in Ethiopia

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Frank Meins

Where is he now? Managing Director at Aquaquest Ltd. Zambia

Young Expert at We Consult - Zambia

YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 5

YEP Role

I worked as a Water Resources Specialist for Aquaquest Ltd.

Aquaquest Ltd. - part of the WE Group - is a water supply consultancy active in East and Southern Africa. The company assists farmers, mining companies and housing projects without access to surface water by providing hydro-geological assessments and geophysical field surveys and by supervising borehole drilling and development.

The work I do mainly consisted of performing geohydrological surveys including desk studies and reporting as well as drilling supervising and test pumping. Part of the work involved processing the data in GIS. Aside from the operational work I was also assisting in maintaining and developing the company's IT structures.

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During my time at the university I have studied several aspects related to water management  with a focus on hydrology. I have applied this knowledge first in Indonesia where I did an internship at Labmath Indonesia developing a mathematical model for mapping water flows through canals dug through tropical peat lands. Later on I have applied the Soil Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) on the Lake Naivasha basin in Kenya where I used ArcGIS and Matlab to process the raw data. During my time at Witteveen+Bos I worked in the field of flood safety with a primary focus on dike design.

Key words: Geohydrology, Hydrology, Water Management, Borehole construction, Geotechnical Engineering, Project Planning, Facilitation, GIS



Nationality: Dutch
Education: Msc degree in Water Engineering and Management (2013), BSc degree in Civil Engineering (2010) both obtained at the University of Twente


Experience before YEP

  • 2013-2014: Project Engineer at Witteveen+Bos working in the field of flood protection, the work mainly consisted of designing dikes ensuring their geostability
  • 2013: Researcher at ITC for the IWRAP Project in Naivasha, Kenya. In continuation of my MSc thesis I was hired by ITC to train the local staff in Kenya on how to monitor the different key factors of the water balance such as rainfall, evapotranspiration and discharge and how to use hydrological model
  • 2010: Bachelor Internship at LabMath Indonesia were I helped developing a mathematical model for modelling drainage of tropical peat land through canal systems that were constructed for transporting the tree logs as a result of deforestation. The purpose of the model  was to determine locations for constructing dams to prevent drainage of the peat lands
  • 2009: Minor at ITC - Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente - on Remote sensing and GIS, including courses on ArcGIS
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Sunday, November 27, 2016
Developing groundwater regulations in Zambia
A few weeks ago I was invited to be part of the Technical Working Group (TWG) to develop groundwater regulations in Zambia, both as a water resource consultant from Aquaquest but also a board member more

Technical Working Group for Groundwater in Zambia at Fringilla Lodge

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Rural Water Supply Project
Recently Aquaquest was asked by a church organisation to provide consultancy on how to improve a dire water situation in rural Zambia. The project was at a mission school in Masuku, about one and more

Teaching students how to remove and install a hand pump

Sunday, April 24, 2016
Drilling Association of Zambia
Last week Aquaquest (the director and me) attended a meeting organized by the Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) in Zambia. The meeting was organized to inform drilling companies and more

Drilling on a farm in Zambia