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.


Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 19):

15 October 2019

Preparatory training course

Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November

Training of the 19th batch starts on 20 January 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 4 November

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Celestina Danso Arhin - YEP Agrofood at VDS A’campo in Ghana

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

Jairo Alejandro Angel Escobar

Young Expert at Waterschap De Dommel - Colombia

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

YEP Role

As a YEP civil engineer, I am working at CVC (Corporación Autónoma Regional del Valle del Cauca), which is the environmental authority of the Valle del Cauca region in Colombia. The CVC, among many activities, oversees the protection of vulnerable ecosystems and wetlands in the Valley region, being home of many native and endangered species of flora and fauna, like birds and native trees.


I am working on hydraulic and environmental restoration of wetlands in the Cauca river valley, participating and organizing activities such as hydraulic connection designs, invasive species control and sustainable use, riverbank protection infrastructure and project management.  Furthermore, I am working with my YEP colleague Steven Menkveld on the hydraulic and sediment transport modeling of Cauca river, revision and processing of hydrologic data and setting an updated sediment transport monitoring program for rivers in the region.

Click here for more information about my project.



Professional: Very good skills at GIS (ArcGIS, QGIS), hydraulic modeling (HEC-RAS, SOBEK, Delft 3D) and project management. Strengths in hydraulic design and research.  Special interest and experience on community work and social projects.

Personal: Proactive, dynamic and kind person, trying to work on different activities and getting until the last resource to achieve the goal. Disciplined on my work and conscious about people needs, always trying to be optimistic in every project.



Nationality: Colombian

  • BSc Civil Engineering at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali, Colombia
  • Msc. Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Experience before YEP


Assistant professor- water resources area, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali:

  • Instructor for courses of fluid mechanics, hydrology, open channel flow, water supply and sewage systems and introduction to civil engineering
  • In charge of the renovation and instrumentation of the water resources laboratory
  • Management and direction of bachelor’s degree projects that include engineering design
  • Project manager of social initiatives of the university aiming to build sustainable houses and water infrastructure for communities in Colombia
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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Plan for sustainable production of fertilizers from water hyacinth
Water hyacinth is one of the invasive species that affects the water qualityand space of laguna. With stakeholders and partners, we are implementing a pilot project to create fertilizers from more

Southwest part of laguna with presence of cattle and dried water hyacinth