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

Mahder Akalu Menbere - YEP Agrofood at AgriProFocus in Ethiopia

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

Ivo van Haren

Where is he now? General Manager at Maris, South Sudan

Young Expert at We Consult - Mozambique

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 3

YEP Role

Ivo van Haren was a consultant / project manager at WE-Consult. He was involved in several projects on (ground and surface) water and sanitation. This included for example baseline studies, project evaluations, GIS mapping and supplying sustainable water, implementing sustainable sanitation and the management of transboundary water resources.

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Project Design / Management, Social Economics, Rural water supply and sanitation, WASH & Baseline surveys, Geographic Surveys, Geographical Information Systems.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: M.Sc. International Development, Utrecht University, B.Sc. Human Geography & Planning, Groningen University


Experience before YEP

Ivo van Haren graduated as a M.Sc. International Development in 2011 at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He focused on the international implementation of water and sanitation projects. His master thesis research for UN-Habitat Nepal concerned the feasibility of the Global Sanitation Fund program implemented in Rural Western Nepal. This included an extensive livelihood survey in several districts. In 2010 Ivo gained significant planning and management experience during his internship in Nigeria.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
AKVO Training
Completed the AKVO training during the second week of YEP training in Ede - Wageningen, The more

Josje Spierings giving an RSR training