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

Robbert Neijenhuis - YEP Agrofood at SNV in Kenya

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

Sabrina Doetjes

Where is she now? Project Officer International at the Netherlands Water Partnership, the Netherlands

Young Expert at SaafConsult B.V. - Palestinian territories

YEP period 2014 - 2015, batch 2

YEP Role

Consultant Water Supply and Sanitation and Water Management
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Team player; proven ability to effectively communicate and to network in different cultural environments. Meets deadlines and performs well under tight schedules. Excellent oral and written communication skills.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: International Relations and International Organizations – Specialization Water and Security Middle East


Experience before YEP

  • Project experience in surveying and data analysis, project organization, research, project monitoring and evaluation for projects related to water management, water policy, climate change, water supply and sanitation and transboundary water management, civil society involvement and institutional development in water and environment and IWRM
  • Administrative and information technology assistance
  • Technical assistance in preparing EOIs/proposals for UN, EU (incl. EU PRAG), ADB and other international organizations and familiar with their requirements and procedures
  • Fundraising and PR
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