Young Expert Programmes – Energy (YEP Energy)

Capacity building


Supported by: 

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency


Initiated by: 

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency


Funded by:

The Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP)


Information about fund: 

The main goal of the programmes is to offer young Dutch professionals the opportunity to gain experience abroad and to offer young local professionals the opportunity to gain experience with working in an international environment through Dutch organisations. Additionally, YEP Programmes rejuvenates the Dutch international cooperation sector and provides organisations with highly skilled young professionals.


Renewable energy:

  • Clean energy (SDG7)
  • Decent work and economic growth (SDG8)
  • Climate action (SDG13)



The YEP programme provides financial support to companies registered in the Netherlands, not-for-profits and knowledge institutes to encourage them to recruit a young professional for 1 or 2 years. The young professional can either be a Dutch citizen or local talent working on a project in a developing country. The YEP Energy subsidy covers a maximum of 50% of the total costs of the young

Financial support for Dutch Young Experts:

  • A maximum of 50% of the total costs of the placement, up to a maximum of EUR 40,000 per annum. Of this EUR 40,000, EUR 10,0007 is used for professional assessment, the training programme and professional coaching
  • Based on a substantiated budget from the applicant organisation a maximum contribution of EUR 30,000 per annum can therefore be provided from the programme, for the secondment costs (travel expenses, accommodation, belongings, insurance, host country allowance, etc.)


Geographic focus:



1 to 2 years

Next upcoming deadline (batch 25): September 26th 2021

More details:

To apply for a YEP Energy subsidy, companies, not-for-profits and knowledge institutes must:

– be registered in the Netherlands;

– have a project in one of the target countries that focuses on one of the 3 sub-themes;

– be able to supervise the young professional;

– have a clear function description for the young professional.

– If partnering with a local organisation, for the Young Expert position, there must be a signed agreement (MoU) between the parties stating this

– Organisation should observe the OECD guidelines and communicate transparently about project results

– Be able to submit a Certificate of Good Standing (CGS) on request5 .

– Not have been seconded previously as a UN Junior Professional Officer (JPO),

– Hold Dutch nationality or the nationality of the country of deployment,

The Young Expert postition should meet the following criteria:

– Tasks and duties should be clearly specified and a learning and coaching plan must have been drawn up for the position, giving the scope of the Young Expert’s learning curve;

– it should not lead to the piling up of subsidies in the context of Dutch Government financed projects

– it should not be intended to replace an expert currently working for the organisation

– Hold a relevant MSc/MBA/MA or BSc/BA degree.3

– After graduation of Master’s or Bachelor’s, have a maximum of 8 years’ work experience, of which a maximum of 4 years can be work experience relevant to the sector in which the Young Expert will be working.

– Be able to submit a Certificate of Good Standing (CGS) on request5 .

– Not have been seconded previously as a UN Junior Professional Officer (JPO),

More details:

Eligible young expert test:

Eligible organisation test:

The applicant organisation must contribute:

– The salary costs including the employer’s portion of social security contributions for the Dutch Young Expert

– A yearly contribution of EUR 1,500 for each Dutch Young Expert towards the costs of the Programme Bureau’s efforts

– Reservation of time for coaching & supervision of Young Expert


More information:


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