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

Our Young Experts

Esther Boudewijns - YEP Energy,YEP Tailor-made at Maastricht University in India

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

Debebe Deferso Dana

Where is he now? Senior Water Resource Modeling Expert at Awash Basin Authority Ethiopia

Young Expert at Waterschap Zuiderzeeland - Ethiopia

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 4

YEP Role

Water Resource Modeling Specialist.
Click here for more information about my project.



Soil and water sciences, GIS technology



Nationality: Ethiopian
Education: MSc in Irrigation Engineering and BSc in Soil and Water Engineering


Experience before YEP

I have 6 years of experience in soil and water science related tasks

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Interview of Debebe YEPer
Interview of Debebe Deferso, the Group 4 YEPer on workshop in Zeist, Netherlands, 3 December more

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
YEP Online Training
Training at Zeist, Netherlands on Online project more