The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, 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 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) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.

Announcement: new deadlines for submitting YEP proposals!

New deadline for submitting YEP proposals: 30 June!!

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 17 and 18):

30 June 2018

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 18 July

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Etienne Nacoulma - YEP Water at Wereld Waternet in Burkina Faso

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

Nadine Arce Haanraadts

Where is she now? WASH/Sanitation/Inclusive finance/Private sector development/Impact Investment

Young Expert at Waste - Mozambique

YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 6

YEP Role

In the role of business advisor I supported UNICEF in developing sustainable sanitation through the diamond approach, with emphasis on private sector development and innovative financing. The diamond approach encourages and supports building local partnerships and cooperation in providing ‘sanitation for all’. The objective of this project was to increase the economic potential of 355.000 people, through enhanced sanitation facilities and business development. Activities a.o carry out needs assessment & stakeholder analysis, organize workshops, provide (technical) trainings, define technology options, introduce new financial products, support developing loan- schemes and repayment procedures, design marketing campaigns, support develop annual plans & local policies etc.

Click here for more information about my project.


Enthusiastic, result oriented, flexible, all-round, curious, open, passionate, analytical, pragmatic. Fluent in Dutch, Spanish and English; basic in French and Portuguese.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc & MSc International Development Studies, specialization in Development Economics (Wageningen University). Exchange student at Universidad de Chile.


Experience before YEP

  • Consultant. International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) (2014)
    With a team of ten consultants I evaluated two big ($60 mln) running projects of IFAD in Rwanda. Within this group I was responsible for the value chain development component. Activities a.o.: review of project documents, review overall progress in implementing the component activities, analyze level of disbursements, group discussions, site visits, stakeholder engagement, preparation of Aide-Memoire, recommendations on best way forward, panel discussions, preparation of technical report. Gained insights into project management and implementation.
  • Volunteer. Consultancy for Development Programmes Utrecht (CDP) (2014)
    I worked as a volunteer at CDP, where I was primarily involved in the preparation of project proposals.
  • Intern. Netherlands Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda (2013)
    Main task was a market assessment of the horticultural sector, where I analyzed the whole value chain with the aim to inform future Dutch investors. Activities a.o.: organize workshops, attend future investors, assist consultants, field visits (interviewing) and write project proposals. Gained insights into the reality of development aid, diplomacy and supply chains.
  • Research Intern. WASSAN Hyderabad, India (2012)
    Quantitative research for the NGO Watershed Support Services and Activities Network amongst 120 rice farmers. Activities a.o: design survey, interview farmers, organize trainings and realize econometric analysis. Gained insights into smallholder production systems and rural life in India.
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