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.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

YEP Effect 4 has been released!

During the YEP kick off of batch 15,  another new edition of YEP Effect has been officially launched: the fourth edition is now available!

YEP alumnus Jacques on TV!

Jacques Tuyishime, alumnus of YEP Programmes, is now Managing Director at Holland GreenTech in Rwanda. He has developed several skills during his time in YEP,  especially during the Personal Development Training!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 16th batch starts on 4 February 2019
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Beryl Winnie - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Kenya

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

Ivette Sandino Nuñez

Where is she now? Environmental Compliance Officer at Zika Aires Project, Nicaragua

Young Expert at Waterbedrijf Groningen - Nicaragua

YEP period 2015 - 2016, batch 5

YEP Role

I worked for Water Company in ENACAL as an engineering consultant of Waterbedrijf Groningen from Netherlands. The position focused on the technical strengthening of the company by developing projects for sustainable water management and personnel training.
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I´m a teamwork person, I have communication skills and easiness to train staff, leadership and self learning. Ability to work in a multicultural context, creative and imaginative, resourceful at developing projects and open to new knowledge and experiences.



Nationality: Nicaraguan
Education: Environmental Quality Engineer graduated from  “Universidad Centroamericana” (2004-2008) with a postgraduate degree in Business Environment Management. (2011-2012) and Master of Water Sciences with emphasis on Quality (2012-2015)


Experience before YEP

After my studies, I developed professional experience  in the water sector in Nicaragua, as:

  • Project Engineer in the consulting firm “Environmental Protection & Control EPC” developing bio-remediation projects of groundwater and water quality studies
  • Territorial Delegate of the National Water Authority, supporting water management within a national institution
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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Training program-YepWater
So we begun the training with the MBTI test wich help us to learn more about ourselves. It was so fun!! On tuesday and wednesday we learned skills of how to deal with conflicts that allowed us more

Social media training with the yeppers!