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.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

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

Victor Shana - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Zimbabwe

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

Joshua Mchenga

Where is he now? Technical Programme Officer at Mzuzu University Malawi

Young Expert at Connect International - Malawi

YEP period 2015 - 2016, batch 5

YEP Role

I worked with Connect International as a Technical Programme Officer for Mzuzu SMART Centre. I was working on a project which was aimed at expanding the use of low-cost WASH techniques through the training of local contractors and entrepreneurs on the technologies and how to market them. Through the monitoring of previously installed technologies at the SMART Centre, we were striving to see how the technologies can be improved further. As a Young Expert, my role involved project planning, monitoring and evaluation, facilitating workshops and trainings and quality assurance.
Click here for more information about my project.



I have a background in Civil Engineering and irrigation technology. I have experience in working with rural communities on WASH and irrigation projects. Through the years I have developed skills on project management, training and workshop facilitation and communication. I also have skills in social research, development of user friendly and inclusive designs and technologies of water and sanitation facilities and conducting technical assessments.



Nationality: Malawian
Education: Bsc Civil Engineering at the University of Malawi, Polytechnic and Diploma in Irrigation Technology at the Natural Resources College of Malawi


Experience before YEP

July, 2014 to March, 2015 - Technical Officer at Participatory Development Initiatives
I worked on a WASH Programme which focused on rehabilitation of Gravity Fed water Supply schemes, school sanitation (design and construction of Equity and Inclusion ECOSAN latrines) and Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS)

2013 - Internship at Blantyre Water Board
The work involved designing of pipeline networks, developing work plans for various projects, monitoring progress of construction and maintenance projects to ensure contractors are meeting the required standards and water quality assurance.

2008 - Internship with the Irrigation Rural Livelihoods and Agriculture Development Project (IRLADP)
The work involved designing and facilitating construction of small scale irrigation schemes and conducting topographic surveys for irrigation projects

2007 - Internship with the Income Generating Public Works Program (IGPWP)
Training farmers on construction of small scale irrigation structures and management of a farm input revolving fund program

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