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.


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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!

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

Zaida Adriano - YEP Water at We Consult in Mozambique

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

Joriën Mendez

Where is he now? Engineering Consultant at Witteveen+Bos, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Witteveen + Bos - Ghana

YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 5

YEP Role

I was working as a project engineer/manager at the Witteveen+Bos Ghana branch office. I worked together with my local and Dutch colleagues on different projects regarding water supply, waste(water) management and irrigation systems.

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  • Project  management/goal oriented
  • Water supply
  • Flexibility, teamwork
  • Fluent language communication skills in English, Spanish and Dutch
  • Internationally/intercultural oriented

Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc in Civil Engineering with a specialty in Hydraulic Engineering from Saxion University of Applied Sciences


Experience before YEP

  • September 2008- June 2012: BSc Civil Engineering. During my third year of my  Bachelor degree I did a 6 month internship at WItteveen+Bos, where I worked as a 3D designer of water treatment plants. In my final year I did my specialization in hydraulic engineering and worked on bachelor project for Rijkswaterstaat
  • September 2012-present : Working for Witteveen+Bos in the Water Supply Group. Since then I have worked on different projects ranging from designing transmission and distribution networks to hydraulic calculations of drinking/waste water treatment plants
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Kabilpe drainage and irrigation
The project consists in making a water management plan and preliminary designs of drainage and irrigation systems, that will ensure that the land remains un flooded in the rainy season and that there more

Farm area

Thursday, April 23, 2015
First week of the (complete) YEP5 training
This is my first RSR update. We are at the end of the first week of training with all the local and Dutch experts. So far this week we have had training sessions about communication, conflict more

Day 1 YEP 5