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

Dorien Lugt - YEP Water at HKV Lijn in Water in Ghana

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

Md. Irfan

Where is he now? Project manager at Max Foundation Bangladesh

Young Expert at Max Foundation - Bangladesh

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 3

YEP Role

Program Officer Engineer:

  • design and costing of WASH technologies
  • monitoring WASH hardware
  • capacity building partner organization
  • standardization Max WASH hardware and develop technical material and guidelines
  • supervision and Reporting

Click here for more information about my project.



  1.  Project Implementation and Managemen
    Social business Approach- Experience to implementation of innovative technology (capDI) & Social business model base Entrepreneur development piloting Project. Community Managed Approach- Experience with implementation of community Managed Small Arsenic Free Water plant project.
    PPP Approach- Small piped line base water distribution in rural areas of Bangladesh with developing CBO.
  2. Technology design implementation & Monitoring
    Tube wells (Deep and Shallow), Pond sand filter, Treatment Plant, Arsenic and Iron Removal Plant, Rainwater harvesting, Mini Piped water, School latrine, House hold  latrine , Bazar latrine, Communal sanitation system, Compost Latrine, Septic tank, offset type Pit latrine and others.
  3. Material develops & manual preparation
    Experience on developing WASH hardware implementation guideline, Manual and report writing.

Preparing tender document, manage and monitor of WASH hardware, Ensure quantity and quality of WASH hardware implementation, Water quality testing with recommendations, Planning & Budget, Local government, CBO development,  Product development.



Nationality: Bangladeshi
Education: BSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Sylhet, Bangladesh  


Experience before YEP

  • 4.5 years experience in WASH technology implementation
  • Besides 1 year & 7 months experience to coordinate of project
  • Installation and management of arsenic mitigation plant
  • Installation and management of CapDI (a programme based water treatment plant, first introduced in Bangladesh)
  • Design & Cost estimation of WASH technologies
  • Monitoring WASH hardware activities
  • Hardware guideline & manual development
  • Supervision of work & reporting
  • Capacity building of staff and community people
  • Communication & Staff management
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Akvo Training on YEP water program
Hi everybody this is "Irfan" today 24th June now I am in the Netherlands for Akvo training in YEP water program. This is my 1st update and I will keep updating. Thanks more

Akvo Training on YEP water program the Bosrands