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

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 18 December

Organisations: deadline project submission

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

1 December 2017

Preparatory training course

Training of the 13th batch starts on 13 November 2017

Changes in the YEP team

Anne-Marie Slaa has accepted a new challenge and, therefore, will leave the YEP team. Paul van Essen will be the interim Project Manager YEP Agrofood!

Submit proposals for CGIAR/YEP positions now!

Project proposals for post-doc or researchers Young Expert positions through CGIAR can be submitted until December 1st 2017.
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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Liezl Le Roux - YEP Water at For Elements in South Africa
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Click here for an overview of all YEP projects at Akvo RSR

Self test

Question 1
Do you have the Dutch Nationality?
Yes
No
Question 2
Did you finish a university study (WO) or professional higher education (HBO)?
Yes
No
All candidates must have finished either a university study (Bachelor or Master), or a professional higher education (HBO) before the Starttraining of that particular round commences to be able to apply for a YEP position.
Question 3
Are you willing to work abroad for 1 or 2 years?
Yes
No
It is important to realise that the YEP positions are for a minimum of 1 year, and most positions are for 2 years.
Question 4
Are you fluent in Dutch?
Yes
No
All of the Dutch Young Experts must be fluent in Dutch, to be able to follow the training programme and master classes.
Question 5
Do you have the nationality of one of the available countries?
Yes
No
In order to apply for a position in the YEP Programme, the applicant must have either the Dutch nationality, or the nationality of one of the countries who are eligible for funds from the Dutch Good Growth Fund. If your nationality is not listed here, unfortunately you cannot apply for a Young Expert position.
Question6
Did you obtain a bachelor's or master's degree?
Yes
No
All candidates must have finished either a university study (Bachelor or Master), or a professional higher education before the Starttraining of that particular round commences to be able to apply for a YEP position.
Question 7
Did you previously serve as a Junior Project Officer (JPO) for the United Nations?
Yes
No
If you have previously served as a Junior Project Officer, unfortunately it is not possible to apply for a Young Expert position.
Question 8
Do you have more than 8 years of professional work experience?
Yes
No
The Young Expert Programmes are meant for young people that have a limited amount of work experience. The work experience meant in this case is professional work experience: student jobs do not count towards the 8 years. The assessment of your work experience will be carried out by the YEP programme bureau.
Question 9
Do you have more than 4 years of work experience in the Water or Agrofood sector?
Yes
No
A Young Expert must be relatively new to the sector he or she is applying for, therefore a Young Expert is only allowed to have 4 years of work experience in the field of Water or Agrofood. These 4 years also count towards the maximum of 8 years work experience.
Question 10
Do you have a good command of English?
Yes
No
Because the training programmes and the communication with the Programme Bureau are in English, it is vital that the Young Expert has a good command of English, to be able to apply for a position in the YEP programmes. After applying, the programme bureau will assess the potential participant’s command of English via a personal interview.
Question 11
Do you have affinity with water or agrofood?
Yes
No
A Young Expert must naturally have some affinity with the Water or Agrofood sector. The programme bureau will assess the potential participant’s affinity during the personal interview.
Result
Congratulations, you might be suited for a Young Expert position! Please note however, that the actual assessment of your eligibility will be carried out by the YEP programme bureau. Check the selection process for more information about applying for a YEP position.
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