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


Mathijs Veenkant - YEP Water at IRC in Ethiopia
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Click here for an overview of all YEP projects at Akvo RSR

Elsabijn Marike Koelman

Where is she now? Business Officer at Integrity, United Kingdom
History

Young Expert at Rain Foundation - Kenya


YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 3

YEP Role

Through the Young Expert Program Water, I was working as a Junior Project Officer for RAIN and ICRAF to support the Southern and Eastern Africa Rainwater Network (SEARNET). SEARNET has played an important role in linking national and international rainwater associations in Southern and Eastern Africa. I was based in Nairobi, Kenya at the ICRAF office, where I was focusing on building new partnerships and support for Rainwaterharvesting. By ensuring that members of SEARNET become more engaged in the network and increasing the visibility of the network through communications and public relations, I hope to share the benefits of Rainwaterharvesting through Southern and Eastern Africa.


Click here for more information about my project.

 

Skills

During my Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences and Master’s degree in Conflict Studies, I have built up considerable analytical skills when carrying out field research in Africa and writing my theses in the field of International Development and Sustainability. I am a networker and have built up skills in intercultural communication, the use of social media, and public relations. I am a team player with patience, flexibility and cultural sensitivity.

 

Background

Nationality: Dutch
Education: BA in Liberal Arts an Sciences at University College Utrecht, specializations: International Development, International Relations and Human Rights Law. MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights, specialization: Equality of rights in the Constitution Building Process in Zimbabwe

 

Experience before YEP

2013–2014
Country Specialist Southern Africa at Amnesty International Netherlands

  • responsible for initiating campaign and lobby actions to support Human Rights Defenders
  • monitoring and Documenting the regional Human Rights Situation

2013 – 2014
Policy Officer at Friends Indeed Association, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

  • Public Relations and Social Media Communication
  • Facilitator in workshops, presentations and conferences
  • Fundraising activities and keeping donors/partners well-informed

2013
Trainee at the Netherlands Embassy, Harare, Zimbabwe

  • Managing Social Media Communications and Public Relations
  • Writing and editting the Netherlands Embassy website
  • Networking with local and regional Civil Society Organisations

2012
Volunteer at Friends Indeed/ARDAR, Andhra Pradesh, India

  • Mobilising local actors to implement projects and programs
  • Helping plan and set up the education development program for the Campus Challenge project and schools in 3 districts

2011- 2012
Intern at ONEforONE, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Planning marketing and social media strategy for social enterprise
  • Evaluating the outcome of water projects in Africa for annual report
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Contact

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History


Tuesday, December 15, 2015
The Billion-Dollar Business Plan Stakeholder Workshop
In order to develop a proposal for the SearNet Billion Dollar Business Plan (BDBP) project in Kenya by the end of the year, SearNet, in partnership with ICRAF, World Food Programme, Kenya Rainwater As...read more

Group Picture during the Stakeholder Workshop in Machakos Town, Kenya

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Press Release: Unlocking the Potential of Rainwater
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS (July 17, 2015) --- Rainwater harvesting can have a huge impact on climate resilience, food security, hygiene and sanitation. At a recent meeting in Addis ...read more

Community Members Standing Around Pump During Practical Training, Dire Dawa

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
First International Rainwater Harvesting Symposium
From the 1st of June until the 12th of June 2015, the first International Rainwater Harvesting Symposium was held in Ethiopia. The Symposium was organized by ICRAF, RAIN Foundation, the Southern and E...read more

Frank van Steenbergen, Meta Meta, training on Road Water Harvesting