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.


YEP Information Event September 3rd

Interested in employing an enthusiastic motivated young professional on your international project? Join our online YEP Information Event on September 3rd!

Candidates: apply for one YEP position now!

We are looking for a perfect Dutch candidate for a YEP Energy position at Hypoport BV South Africa! You can apply until 9 August 2020.

New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the 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

Daphne van Dam - YEP Agrofood at Cordaid in Iraq

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

Stefan de Wildt

Where is he now? Hydrologist at Acacia Water the Netherlands

Young Expert at Vitens Evides International - Mozambique

YEP period 2014 - 2015, batch 3

Current Role

I was the assistant project manager for Vitens Evides International (VEI) in Northern Mozambique. In our support to our Mozambican partner FIPAG Norte we mainly focussed on reducing the non-revenue water (NRW) percentage in the cities of Nampula and Angoche, assisted with the mapping of available water sources, executed hydro(geo)logical studies and anchored the available knowledge in the partner organization.

Click here for more information about my project.



During my educational and professional career I’ve learned how to manage and to keep a holistic view on international projects as well as in intercultural groups, thereby applying knowledge and experiences in integrated water management and intercultural communication. I am a real team worker, who knows how to unite people, let them co-operate and excel. Furthermore I am result and solution oriented, and experienced in the fields of Hydrology, Hydrogeology, urban water supply and IWRM.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: I hold a Master’s degree in Land and Water Management at Wagening University, the Netherlands, with a specialization in Integrated Water Management. Within this Master of Science I included a minor in Communication and Innovation.


Experience before YEP

  • Worked from May 2012 till June 2014 for a small Zambian consultancy in the field of Hydrogeology, which provides a wide range of specialist and high-quality services in groundwater exploration, development and management. My role was mainly in project & local staff management, giving technical project support, and report and proposal writing
  • Major MSc thesis research on the correlation and interaction-patterns between frames used by stakeholders in the draw-up process of water level decrees at the policy department of Dutch waterboard Brabantse Delta
  • Minor MSc thesis research about socio-, technical and institutional interactions in the design process of eco-engineered wastewater treatment systems for small-scale coffee farmers in Matagalpa, Nicaragua
  • Bachelor internship at VEI and made recommendations on risk management strategies for the water supply of FIPAG Centro, Mozambique, including a risk assessment and management plan for the water supply chain of three cities in Central-Mozambique
Click here for more information about my background, skills and experience (CV)
YEP Water


Email Twitter LinkedIn Skype
Yep AgroYep Water


Wednesday, July 1, 2015
One year in North Mozambique – a reflection
Last July 2014 I started an adventurous 1-year assignment by deciding to join the YEP Water programme and to work for VEI in Nampula, north Mozambique. A region by some friends and colleagues more

Photo moment after treatment plant tour with FIPAG colleagues & students

Monday, June 8, 2015
Northern technicians trained in Electrical Systems
In order to ensure the success of the Technical Assistance (TA) program VEI carried out assistance and training in March 2015, with the objective of enabling the technicians of the Operational Areas ( more

Programming a Telemetry system at EB2

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Literal and figurative floods in north Mozambique
After the exciting VEI Team Days for all global VEI employees in the first week of January I landed Sunday 11th of January in Nampula back on Mozambican soil in the pouring rain. News soon arrived me more

Charging phones at pump station in Angoche