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

Haymanot Genene - YEP Water at Resilience B.V. in Ethiopia

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


Blended learning

The Young Experts follow a development programme during their participation in YEP Programmes. Prior to their placement abroad, the Young Experts take part in an intensive 3-week start training course. In the case of a two-year contract, they return to the Netherlands after one year for another two weeks of return training.


Learning Agility* is the ability for someone to rapidly develop new effective behaviour based on new experiences, and to easily move from idea to idea both within and across experiences. It is about the flexibility to approach situations from multiple perspectives and the speed of learning new things. This flexibility and speed means that people who are Learning Agile, have the ability to incorporate new skills into their current skill set quickly and efficiently, while at the same time unlearning ineffective skills with the same efficiency and speed (DaRue, Ashford, & Myers, 2012). The importance of learning new skills and unlearning ineffective skills is apparent when linked back to the study conducted by McCall and Lombardo (1983), since overreliance on old skills could set someone up for failure.

*(inspired by HFM Talentindex)


The individual and collective training programme of the Young Experts is focused on personal development and the start of their international career. The self-awareness created by the MBTI test and feedback (see below), the set-up of a personal development plan and the coaching are a contribution to learn to become more agile in their behaviour. In particular, the coaching is focused on behavioural change. Making the change starts with yourself. Therefore, the YEP coaches discuss actual cases with the Young Experts and give them exercises to explore different approaches. 


The development programme of the Young Experts mainly focuses on three areas of development:

  • Individual development
  • Collective development
  • Networking & innovation

An overview of the entire training programme, including trainings, workshops and masterclasses, can be found in our Learning Tracks overview on this page. Since we strive to maintain the best possible training programme, it is possible that masterclasses or trainings might be added or altered. 


Personal Development
The Young Expert's personal learning targets are laid down in a personal development plan. Besides personal learning targets, this plan includes a development plan that is tailored to the specific location of the Young Expert's secondment. This personal development plan is based on an MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) test and feedback meeting, which will take place in the week prior to the start training course. During their placement the Young Expert will have regular coaching sessions via Skype with a professional coach appointed by the YEP programme bureau. This coach will help wherever he or she can with the assignments, personal development, as well as any other issues that may arise. Besides that, the Young Expert will have a supervisor appointed by the organisation, who will deal mainly with their work and any supervision that is required. Thirdly, the seconding organisation will appoint a mentor in the Netherlands, who will have regular contact with the Young Expert. The mentor will also be the contact person for the YEP programme bureau. During the entire time in YEP Programmes, the Young Experts are also required to attend several online masterclasses on relevant topics such as Water & (In)stability, Change Management, Business Development and Assertiveness.


Collective Development
The collective development of the Young Experts focuses on various aspects that prove to be useful in their working environment, to the Water, Agrofood and Renewable Energy sector, and in their ability to work in (intercultural) teams. The collective development includes training and practical sessions on social media, intercultural facilitation, conflict management, safety, project planning, and many more, as listed in the Learning Tracks overview.


Networking & innovation
An important part of the training programme is to enable and stimulate the Young Experts to use and apply their networking skills. Every year, around 80 Young Experts join the programme and every year between 20 to 50 Young Experts complete the programme and become YEP alumni. Both the active and alumni Young Experts are connected through an active online platform called Basecamp. This platform is actively used by the Young Experts to share experiences, ask for advice and connect with each other. Additionally, the alumni also have the opportunity to join the EP-Nuffic alumni network. Our partners, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NWP, F&BKP and RVO, support the Young Experts with their network during the Young Experts' placement. The Dutch Embassies also support the YEP network in the specific countries as well.


In the video below Suzanne Faber shares her experiences on being a Young Expert, the YEP training sessions and coaching!