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.


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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

Lisan Bijdevaate - YEP Agrofood,YEP Tailor-made at AgriProFocus in Ethiopia

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

Bayardo Gonzalez

Where is he now? PhD-researcher at UNESCO-IHE the Netherlands

Young Expert at Waterschap Noorderzijlvest - Nicaragua

YEP period 2014 - 2015, batch 2

YEP Role

I worked as Local  Young Water Expert for WS Noorderzijlvest.  As a Young Expert I was involved in all main project activities in which Noorderzijlvest had a strong role within project MULGRO: the development of the integrated water resources management plans, the training of local water officials, the strengthening of local and regional water management according to the national water laws in both countries, and the process of exchange of knowledge and experience via international discussions and seminars.
Click here for more information about my project.



I am very committed to my work, willing to learn and always ready to go the extra mile.



Nationality: Nicaraguan
Education: Msc. Municipal Water and Infrastructure Specialization Water Supply, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering


Experience before YEP

I have participated in the design of over twenty wastewater treatment plants in Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador. Besides that, I had also supervised and built five treatment facilities and have been responsible for the development of three potable water plant designs.

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Friday, October 10, 2014
Water Board of Marcala
Working with Water board of Marcala (Hondura) as part of Project more

Water Board Marcala (Honduras)

Monday, April 21, 2014
National Water Authority of Nicaragua (ANA)
Interview with the Minister-Director of the National Water Authority of Nicaragua (ANA), Mr. Luis Ángel Montenegro more

Monday, April 21, 2014
Poster Project Mulgro
This is the poster project. Located at the entrance to San Carlos. To The Left Nohemi Bellorin Director of ASODELCO (Local NGO) and To the Right Ineke de Groot of NZV ( liaison and communications more