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

Fjolla Lasku - YEP Water at Yuniko in Kosovo

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

Gertjan van der Ende

Young Expert at Witteveen + Bos - Colombia

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 18

YEP Role

My formal employer is “Witteveen+Bos Consulting Engineers”, who has formed a partnership in creating my position within VEi Dutch Water Operators in Colombia. In VEi we are working in a small team of 3 supporting local Colombian drinking water companies in improving their services. For the specialised technical assistance we often invite Dutch experts who are currently working in the Dutch drinking water companies to share their knowledge and exchange ideas with the local companies. My role is to support and organise these visits, and keep continuity by supporting the local companies implement the changes needed on a continues basis.



  • Non-revenue water
  • Hydraulic modelling
  • (International) Project Management
  • Water distribution
  • Integrated Water Resource Management

Nationality: Dutch
Education: International Development Bsc, Water Engineering and Management Msc.


Experience before YEP

Management traineeship at Evides Drinkwater, Advisor drinking water at Witteveen+Bos

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