YEP

The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water, EP 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.

NEWS

Introduction video YEP

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

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!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts


Clement Alexandre Iryayo - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Rwanda
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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 coaches:

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....

Sara (1982) has a background is in the fields of international development and environmental conservation. She worked for over 8 years in the interface of these fields - first as an expert and later as a senior manager - for a number of consultancy companies and large NGOs. In 2014, she joined the YEP Programme (Batch 1) and worked for MetaMeta at the Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center.

 

As a result of an extensive soul-searching process, she changed careers and graduated from MMS's Coach Training in early 2016 at PCC (Professional Certified Coach) level. She has been working as a coach since, and is now certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). Sara focuses on cross-cultural interpersonal coaching, supporting individuals and teams to capitalise on their personal and professional potential. She has over 350 hours of coaching practice, many of which are with young professionals. 

 

In addition, Sara is active in the EthicalCoach project initiated by WBECS. She worked closely together with Prof. David Clutterbuck – a thought leader and international pioneer of coaching and mentoring – in providing coach training and preparing a new generation of Ethiopian managers and coaches to bring about positive change to their teams and the country as a whole.

Sara Groenendijk
Sara Groenendijk

Sara (1982) has a background is in the fields of international development and environmental conservation. She worked for over 8 years in the interface of these fields - first as an expert and...