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.


Employ a Young Expert; submit your proposal before October 11th

Join YEP Programmes and submit your proposal for a Young Expert position now!

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

Londiwe Dlamini - YEP Water at World Water Academy in South Africa

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

Joseph Lopez Montañez

Where is he now? Master Water & Sanitation at Unesco-IHE, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Brabant Water - Colombia

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 7

YEP Role

As an environmental and sanitary engineer I worked in AGUAS DEL MAGDALENA S.A.E.S.P. (through Brabant Water) as part of the design team for drinking water systems and sewage water systems, but also I worked in the environmental area in charge of getting the licenses required in order to get the approval from the ministry to construct the treatment plants around the Magdalena department. With this experience and with the YEP resources I am more than ready to find innovative solutions for drinking water and sewage water systems in my country or in any others.

Click here for more information about my project.



According to my MBTI I have a INFJ personality which makes clear my creativity in untypical situations that requires a different point of view, my determination and passion to reach all the goals I desire. In the other hand I am decisive and I can be inspiring and convincing with the people that surround me, making the teamwork an activity that I enjoy in different levels.


I have an insatiable desire for learn, expand and share my knowledge in a healthy environment with my colleagues and I really enjoy learning different languages such as English and Portuguese which I taught myself.



Nationality: Colombian
Education: BSc Environmental and Sanitary Engineering


Experience before YEP

I started working in AGUAS DEL MAGDALENA from August to December of 2014 as an internship helping with the necessary environmental licenses and sanitary concepts for projects. Then from January to December of 2015 I was also signed as part of the designing team, which allowed me to work directly with drinking water and sewage water systems besides my previous tasks.


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