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.


New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

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

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the 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

Alexander de Ruijter - YEP Water at Arcadis Nederland B.V. in Vietnam

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

John Cervera Lara

Young Expert at WaterWorX - Colombia

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch Tm1

YEP Role


As a Young Expert, in cooperation between LAS CEIBAS ESP and WATERWORX, we are looking exchange knowledge and experiences to apply in one project (SECTORIZATION), seeking a better result.


I am an engineer of support for a water supply company (LAS CEIBAS ESP) in Colombia. Currently, I am developing one project of sectorization for the Neiva's town. In that project, we are looking optimize the service of supply water creating hydraulics sectors, to regulate the use of water. Also, the project is focussing on the reduction of the non-revenue water indicator and guarantee a better service.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Technical knowledge (modeling and design)
  • Change management
  • Mediation


Nationality: Colombian
Education: Bachelor Civil Engineer, technical studies in drawing of architecture and engineering


Experience before YEP

  • Resident engineer, Management and follow up the construction activities in projects with hydraulics focus. ASSV.
  • Engineering assistant, Support in the geotechnical area. Give service in the process of design for public and private projects. INGETEC.
YEP Tailor-made


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