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.


Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 19):

15 October 2019

Preparatory training course

Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November

Training of the 19th batch starts on 20 January 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 4 November

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Ekow Akyin Kwofie - YEP Agrofood at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. in Ghana

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

Mutipani Muyangwa

Where is she now? District Water Development Officer at Ministry of Energy & Water Development Zambia

Young Expert at Aquaquest - Zambia

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 3

YEP Role



Click here for more information about my project.



Computer literate in Microsoft Office 2007/2010 and Windows XP/Vista
Conversant with Arc GIs 9.3 to 10.1, ArcView 9.3 and other relevant Remote sensing tools



Nationality: Zambian
Education: Bachelors of Land and Water Resources Management


Experience before YEP

June 2014 - Aquaquest Water Supply Consultancy Limited, Hydrogeologist, Lusaka, Zambia


2014 - Day to day tasks of writing reports, borehole drilling supervision, field surveys and information recording


December 2013 - National Remote Sensing Centre, Technical Assistant, Lusaka, Zambia: data inputting, using various software’s for cartography and Natural resources management


June-August 2012Department of Water Affairs, District officer assistant, Kaoma, Zambia: dam construction and management. Rural water supply. Management and installation, surface water monitoring in the Kaoma District.


June-August 2011YORK FARMS LIMITED, Irrigation Manager Assistant, Lusaka, Zambia: irrigation and fertigation control and monitoring, also water quality. Testing and control

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Test Pumping
Test pumping activities were undertaken over the period of 11th of August and 19st of August 2014, these activities were undertaken at Tom Ryan Estates, in Lusaka Zambia. I was under the supervision more

photo taken during test pumping activities

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Online Training Workshop for YEP Group 3
we are already in the second week since the commencement of the yep group three training programme here in the De Bosrand, Netherlands. today, 24-06-2014, we were having a workshop on Akvo web page more

me and zaituni from Kenya durig the online training session