YEP

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.

NEWS

Results alumni survey

What are the YEP alumni up to? Check out the results of our alumni survey!

New release: YEP Effect no. 2

New release: YEP Effect no. 2, which can be combined with an supplementary sheet with our annual report 2016!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 12th batch starts on 2 October 2017

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (14th batch):

1 November 2017

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 20 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

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Toon van den Heuvel - YEP Water at Vitens Evides International in Ghana
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Click here for an overview of all YEP projects at Akvo RSR

Coaches

All Young Experts are linked to a coach which will be appointed by the YEP Programme bureau. They will meet their coach during the training weeks in the Netherlands, and during their time abroad they stay in contact with them via e-mail and Skype, usually once every month. The coaches support the Young Experts with the drafting of their personal development plan, and potentially play a key role in the personal development of the Young Experts. The coaches are able to provide support with any issues that they might encounter with regard to living and working in an international environment. The Young Experts are encouraged to keep their coaches informed about their progress and development, as the coaches can provide unbiased support.

 

YEP currently works with the following four coaches:

Anne (1953) has around 20 years of experience in dealing with change in the energy and water sectors. He has served both in the Netherlands, as a hands-on director of Dutch companies, as well as abroad, as a managing director of an internationally operating water company. He thereby strongly focuses on exploring how the talents and personal motivations of people can be tailored to the needs of the organisation in times of change. In order to do so, he looks at both the changes and the context surrounding it, trying to separate fact from fiction. He tries to understand the reaction of individuals and the underlying images and ideas that might lead to an attitude that resists change. This provides insight in the situation and leads to a direction which leads to the cooperation with organisational change.

 

In addition to his initial training in civil engineering at TU Delft, and later to industrial engineer at the Technical University of Twente, Anne completed a study psycho-synthesis in 2004 which includes (among other things) models for individual coaching. Anne has worked for about 4 years as a business developer in the environmental market and approximately 10 years in the international research and implementation of projects for a big Dutch contractor for dredging and excavation.

Anne de Groot
Anne de Groot

Anne (1953) has around 20 years of experience in dealing with change in the energy and water sectors. He has served both in the Netherlands, as a hands-on director of Dutch companies, as well as...

Linda (1960) obtained her Master’s degree in Dispute Resolution (UVA) and has been an NMI Mediator since 1997. She is the director of the Center for Conflict, where she also works as a trainer. Here she has developed numerous training and educational programmes for professional mediators in the Netherlands and abroad. Besides her work for the Center of Conflict she also serves as a professional coach. She has conducted hundreds of mediations and has extensive experience in the field of complex mediation cases (especially in the field of business mediation), labour relations and cooperation issues. She is a specialist in complex (multiparty) conflicts such as team conflicts. She is also available for mediation courses in English, French, German and Spanish.

 

Linda performs various administrative tasks, including roles as the president of the European Mediation Network (EMNI), and as chairman of the Foundation for Mediation in Spatial Planning and the Environment. In addition she is secretary of the Foundation for Aviation Mediation. In a somewhat more distant past, she worked as an international consultant in the field of water and sanitation in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She speaks six languages. "Bringing movement is one of the essences of the mediation profession. I think it's important to believe in the power of people to solve their own conflicts. As a mediator, I can fulfil a valuable role by helping the mediation participants with sharing information and to help them gain insight into the choices they have."

Linda Reijerkerk
Linda Reijerkerk

Linda (1960) obtained her Master’s degree in Dispute Resolution (UVA) and has been an NMI Mediator since 1997. She is the director of the Center for Conflict, where she also works as a trainer....