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

Maria Paula Rincon - YEP Water at aQysta in Colombia

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

Karin van Dijk

Where is she now? Junior Advisor Urban Water Management at Aveco de Bondt, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Denys Engineers & Contractors B.V. - Zambia

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 8

YEP Role

The project I was involved in in Lusaka covers the restoration of an old pipeline and the creation of three new pipelines in order to increase the capacity of the drinking water network in the capital of Zambia.


My role within the project included covering many aspects of the management of a project of this scope. I started in the role of logistics manager, which involved planning, dealing with Zambian bureaucracy, and more technical aspects of creating a drinking water pipeline as well as managing local personnel in order to keep the project running smoothly. After. I assisted with mitigating the environmental and social consequences of a water pipe project of this scope. This involved arranging soil tests, dealing with local inhabitants that were displaced or disturbed by our project, and reporting the outcomes of the work to our client.

Click here for more information about my project.



I’m a Dutch young professional with a strong grounding in water, environmental issues, and languages. I have international experience and have successfully finished water projects together with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. I thrive when I am being challenged by complex problems or difficult conditions, and love learning new skills and gaining new insights in the field of water and environment as well as people, languages, and culture. I’m flexible, insightful, and especially enjoy working in a team towards a common goal.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: I am a young Dutch graduate with a bachelors in Environmental Science and a Master in Water Science and management, both at the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands). During my Master studies, I worked on technical topics such as drinking water, surface water, and protection against flooding as well as topics related to the human impact of these issues such as stakeholder involvement and ethics. During this time I also studied languages on my own, leading to good skills in French as well as a some skill in Russian.


Experience before YEP

I wrote my thesis at a water board in the province of Utrecht on the topic of surface water pollution with nitrate and phosphate. I modelled water flows and nutrition in the rivers, channels and ditches of this water board in order to provide exact information on measures which could be taken to decrease the pollution and being able to continue farming in these areas while also keeping negative environmental influences of these activities in check.


My first experience in the international water world was in Ahmedabad, India, where I participated with the Wetskills India 2015 project. During this project I worked in a neighborhood where drinking water problems, flooding issues, and drought problems were recurring interrelated problems. This made me realize that I’d enjoy working on these issues on a larger scale and in more meaningful ways, which led me to Denys Engineers and Constructors as my first employer after graduation.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016
The first steps
The Lusaka drinking water pipe project is off to a good start! Our yard (where we will store our material and goods) is now taking shape, the pipes and waterworks which need to be restored or more

The arrival of a wheelloader from Walvis Bay (Namibia)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
YEP training week
The YEP training week in the Netherlands, which prefaces the start of our projects in countries all over the world, has started! A group of eleven Dutch and local young experts are now gathered in a more