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
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Paul van Essen

Where is he now? Owner at Ripplez Consultancy the Netherlands

Young Expert at Vitens Evides International - Uganda

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 2

YEP Role

During YEP I was the project manager for Vitens Evides International in Northern Uganda. For this project we wanted to enhance water asset management in ten towns around the Northern region. Click here for more information about my project.



I have participated in several intercultural exchange programs around the world. Therefore I am good in intercultural communication. I like to work in groups, motivate others and create new opportunities together.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: I have an academical background in International Development Studies at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Within this Master of Science I included a minor in International Land and Water Management. During my studies I did an internship about peri-urban water management at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, an Erasmus exchanges in Lille France and a thesis research about project development and social struggle around the Melamchi Water Supply Project in Nepal.


Experience before YEP

I have done a 3 year multi company traineeship in cilvi engineering within the Netherlands. Here I worked at the department of Asset Management at Vitens Drinking Water company, as an assistant project manager of waste water projects at the municipality of Gouda and as junior consultant in international cooperation at Waterboard Zuiderzeeland.

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Friday, April 8, 2016
Official project closure
On Friday April 1st 2016 we officially closed this ACP.EU Water Facility financed project. Over the last four years NWSC, Ministry of Water and Environment, GIZ and VEI have been working together more

Factsheet with project results

Friday, April 8, 2016
The Next Manager
Between 16 - 18 of March 2016 I went to the Gordon Institute for Business Science in Johannesburg, South Africa to participate in "The Next Manager" course. This interactive and practical more

At GIBS, Johannesburg

Friday, April 8, 2016
Network maps of Water Infrastructure in Northern Uganda
One of the project deliverables was to train employees of the WSDF-N and nUws with the creation of network maps of the water infrastructure. Fieldwork was done with GPS devices to take all the more

Network map of Ajdumani