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

Deborah Anobil Amosah - YEP Agrofood at VDS A’campo in Ghana

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

Bart van Liere

Where is he now? Design Engineer at Water2Energy, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Denys Engineers & Contractors B.V. - Mozambique

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 7

YEP Role

My function was Project and Quality Engineer. In the first stages of the project, I was busy with purchasing and making proposals for products to use in the project. During this process, I needed to communicate with suppliers, the client and colleagues to choose the right product. After the products were purchased they need to be placed in a correct way and this was also part of my tasks. Furthermore, in this project I coordinated the Electrical Works, this as I have a background in Mechanical Engineering, in which Electronics is substantial part.


Furthermore, I was also in charge of subcontractors that are doing special jobs. In this project, before we had  subcontractors for making three small crossings by tunneling and a subcontractor for the concrete works. I  coordinated the process from selecting the subcontractor and coordinating the works and the final closing of the works.

Click here for more information about my project.



My skills are both technical as the soft skills in coordinating and communicating. This contains both the hard and the soft skills to fulfil my YEP role in Engineering for DENYS in Mozambique.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: Bachelor and Master of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University in Delft


Experience before YEP

In my studies I did a lot of projects. One of them is my graduation project at a company for injection molding of polymers. This was an interesting job to get insight and experience in the possibilities and limitations of polymer injection molding which is very important because polymers are more and more applied.


After my studies I started at KROHNE Altometer in Dordrecht at the department of Research and Development. This company was developing and fabricating flowmeters mostly for the industrial marked. In my function as Mechanical Engineer I was responsible for the development of certain flowmeters. In this process, all different departments needed to be on one track to develop the flowmeter which complies to all requirements.

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Friday, September 9, 2016
SASOL gas pipe crossing almost finished
A special point in laying the water pipeline is the crossing with a gas pipeline of SASOL. This crossing requires special attention because the gas pipeline was still in use and it is on a high more

Special Crossing - Gas pipeline

Monday, July 4, 2016
First meters of pipe are placed!
After a few months of preparation works the first pipes are placed! The last weeks were very busy because the first vessel with more than 2000 pipes arrrived and needed to be offloaded in the field. more

First pipes arriving on site 7-6-2015

Thursday, January 21, 2016
YEP training Bart van Liere
Training of Young Experts will take place in Veessen and Amersfoort these days, from 11th up to the 29th of January. Last week, we have had training on personal skills and get tools to strengthen our more

Joseph and me working on an update