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.


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!

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 19 August

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

Leul Habte Abdi - YEP Agrofood at SNV 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.
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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