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

Rik de Gorter - YEP Water at Ballast Nedam in Sri Lanka

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

Chanda Mwale

Where is she now? Fresh Water Officer at WWF, Zambia

Young Expert at WNF - Zambia

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 3

YEP Role

Member of WWF- Zambia Freshwater Team. I was working on a monitoring framework for the E-Flows programme in the Zambezi River Basin. Click here for more information about my project.



Environmental Management, Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Project Briefs, Solid Waste Management.



Nationality: Zambian
Education: Bachelor of Social Science with Honours in Geography and Environmental Management from University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, 2011.  Final year thesis looked into the policy and practice of industrial solid waste management in Lusaka, Zambia.


Experience before YEP

  • October 2013 – May 2014. Worked as Environmental Scientist at a mineral exploration company, which involved preparation of Environmental Project Briefs, Environmental Management Plans, Compliance and Environmental Auditing.
  • October 2011- October 2013. Work experience was in the solid waste management industry of Lusaka, Zambia. Worked closely with The Municipal Council at controlling and handling of solid waste in designated residential areas. Focus was adherence to solid waste legislation, waste stream auditing and streamlining where possible.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
4 months and counting!!!!
Well it has been 3 months since my return from The Netherlands and my YEP training... and 4 months since I started work at WWF Zambia. I wish I could say that I have settled in but I am well on my more

Taking a picture of washed up jellyfish in Beira, Mozambique.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Introductory video for my YEP project more