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.


Employ a Young Expert; submit your proposal before October 11th

Join YEP Programmes and submit your proposal for a Young Expert position now!

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

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

Irene Moed

Where is she now? Project officer at Rainforest Alliance, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Alterra - Burundi

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 3

YEP Role

Researcher Climate Smart Agriculture: Alterra works in Uganda and Burundi to contribute to food- and financial security by innovative agricultural practices adjusted to climate changes, improved access to healthcare and reducing financial risks. My goal was to develop climate smart land- and water management options for small-holder farmers and increase interaction between (inter)national projects. In a changing climate, there must be provided new options in the area of crop selection, techniques and context. To anticipate to climate change, water management should become an integral part of the future plans of the individual farmer and agricultural development at higher levels.


My role at Alterra was diverse:

  • Coordinator of East African Projects where Alterra is involved in (Ethiopia, Kenia, Burundi, Uganda) and increase of interaction between different projects and stakeholders (amongst others in the field of climate smart water management).
  • Research on climate smart agriculture. I was working on the identification of ‘water wise’ technologies for the most important crops and formulate water management for farmers.
  • Est African trainer for the M&E instrument MonQI  and training of farmers in climate smart water management
  • Initiation of new projects as part of the program

Click here for more information about my project.



I am enthusiastic and curious, an analytical thinker, independent, dedicated and result-oriented, well developed interpersonal skills.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc in International Development studies with interest in international cooperation, combining global issues with sustainable development, with a special focus on issues related to food security; water, soil fertility and nutrition. It is my aim to use my knowledge to assist people and enable them to grow personally and reach their goals.


Experience before YEP

  • Professional experience in research, project management and teaching. After my studies I have gained work experience at several NGOs, of which most recently at Cordaid at the Food Security department, I participated in a research traineeship around Food Sustainability and was a Culture & Language trainer for 1.5 years to gain experience as trainer for a diverse public with a multicultural background.
  • Research and study experience in Indonesia, Peru, Guatemala, Spain, Singapore, Sweden, the Netherlands. I have gained research experience in global food sustainability, food security in fragile states, intercultural bilingual/ multilingual education, sustainable development, supply chains, sustainable tourism development.
YEP Water


Email Twitter LinkedIn Skype
Yep AgroYep Water


Friday, January 29, 2016
CSA activities proceeding in Uganda
Life and work has moved to Uganda due to political instability in Burundi. Now exploring CSA activities with possible partners in more

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Field visit RWH techniques
I just returned from a fieldvisit to Kenya where I looked at RWH practices which we hope to implement in Burundi to increase water use more

Saturday, July 5, 2014
YEP Training
I just finished the 3 week Young Expert Program Water training, business card in the pocket :-) more