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

Kevin Dipama - YEP Water at Wereld Waternet in Burkina Faso

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

Saroj Yakami

Where is he now? Water Management Advisor at MetaMeta Nepal

Young Expert at Meta Meta - Nepal

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 3

YEP Role

I was a Local Young Expert of YEP Water, working as Programme Officer for MetaMeta Research with  experience in Water Management. I was responsible for project planning, develop activities plan for Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) whose core theme is to upscale “WUMP+3R”. Apart from this, I was actively involved in promoting and guiding the implementation of WUMP+3R, preparing WUMP+3R mobile App., development of a training manual for WUMP+3R in Nepalese context, and dissemination of lesson learnt to other stakeholders and policy makers.

Click here for more information about my project.



Research, Project planning/management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Communication, Integrated Water Management, Sustainable Rural water technology, Climate Change, Climate Adaptation, IWRM, Water governance, WASH, Workshop and Training facilitation.



Nationality: Nepalese
Education: MSc in International Land and Water Management (2007-09), Wageningen UR, Wageningen, The Netherlands.  BE Agricultural Engineering, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuwan University, NEPAL


Experience before YEP

  • Research Organization
  1. Nepal Agricultural Research Council: As a research Assistant in Agricultural Engineering Division 2005-07
  2. Wageningen University: “Men, masculinities and power in irrigation governance in Nepal in the context of development, social inequity and environmental degradation” under the project titled “Genders of scale and scales of gender: Understanding the masculinity of irrigation governance in Nepal as a problem of scale” (2011)
  3. SOPPECOM, India: “Social and Gender Water Equity Gauge: Piloting tool for assessing inequities in the water sector in India and Nepal” (2010)
  4. Wageningen University and iDE Nepal: Research Engineer- 2009 [Masters’ degree Thesis]
  •  International NGOs
  1. Oxfam GB: As a Project Officer: Small Scale Irrigation Engineer in Food Security Project (2010)
  2. World Food Programme (WFP) in Nepal: Monitoring and Evaluation officer for “Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation” Program (2011-2012)
  3. iDE Ethiopia: Research Engineer (Internship on quality control of the water technology developed by iDE in Ethiopia]– 2008
  •  NGOs
  1. INPIM Nepal: Future Scenario (Temperature and Precipitation) Development for Indrawati River Basin- 2012
  2. Action Nepal: As an Water Resources Expert-2013
  •  Independent Consultant for
  1. Jamarko Nepal-2009
  • Conduct Research on WASH sector
  • Organizing trainings and Seminar
        2.  Development Support Pvt. Ltd – 2013-2014
  • Detailed Technical studies for Cost Effective Watershed Management to control Sediment in the Terai River
  • Study for Strategic Basin Management Plan for Karnali River Basin
  • Study for Strategic Basin Management Plan for Gandaki River Basin
  • River system Management Plan for few River systems in Nepal
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015
WASH Expo 2015, Nepal
In spite of many initiatives, the WASH sector activities suffer from dearth of systematic learning and sharing. The knowledge based products in the sector is confined mainly in one's own project more

Rainwater harvesting at household level 4 drinking and groundwater recharge

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Consultative Meeting CoCooN/ CCMCC Project
The CCMCC (Conflict and Cooperation in the management of Climate Change: Climate Policy, Conflicts and Cooperation in Peri-Urban South Asia: Towards Resilient and Water Secure Communities) project is more

Short pitch on potential area selection criteria for CoCooN Project, Nepal

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
WUMP+3R Training to Nepal WASH Alliance Partners
The two days training on WUMP+3R to staff member organization of the Nepal WASH Alliance which held on 8 and 9 March, 2015 was organized by WARM-P/HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal and Rain more

Sharing 3R concept to the trainees