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
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Our Young Experts

Mart Kamphuis - YEP Water at Wereld Waternet in Burkina Faso

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Harm Nomden

Where is he now? Hydraulic engineer at Royal HaskoningDHV the Netherlands

Young Expert at Royal HaskoningDHV - Colombia

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 2

YEP Role

As project engineer at Royal HaskoningDHV Harm I worked already on river and coastal projects in the Netherlands, but also on several projects abroad. During YEP I worked on one of the largest and most interesting flood protection projects in Colombia: the restoration of the Canal del Dique system. This 120 km long artificial channel between the large Rio Magdalena and the bay of Cartagena is struggling with problems considering:

  • extreme discharges due to climate change and la Niña effect (extreme rainfall): in 2010 this resulted into dike breaches, large flooded areas, 174 victims and thousands of homeless people
  • high amounts of silt from the Rio Magdalena: this results into extreme dredging efforts and also threatens ecological important areas like the cienagas (lakes attached to the canal) and the coastal areas with corals

Since 2013 Royal HaskoningDHV works together with its Colombian partner Gomez Cajiao to study the project area in detail, analyzing previous studies, (re)designing possible solutions and studying the consequences for hydrology, safety, navigation, ecology and drinking water extraction. A final integral solution including detailed design will be delivered based on cost-benefit analysis.


In this project I worked on several aspects of the project: data analysis (GIS), hydraulic modelling, executing hydrographical surveys (and data processing), assisting in the final design process and also looking for other market opportunities.
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Personality: interested, social, team and result oriented, analytical and likes to link people and disciplines.
Expertise: hydraulic modelling and engineering, technical management, data processing, GIS, Matlab.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc Civil Engineering & Management at University of Twente, MSc Water Engineering & Management at University of Twente


Experience before YEP

I have been working as a hydraulic and coastal engineer at Royal HaskoningDHV for more than 2 years in the Netherlands. I focused on hydraulic modelling and engineering, but also want to learn other aspects within my discipline. I worked 2 years part-time as assistant Technical Manager for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment in the Netherlands on one of the projects in the Room for the River programme. This national flood prevention programme consists of more than 30 large projects along the Rhine Delta. These projects all focus on 1) giving the river more space to discharge the large quantities of water during flood periods and 2) improving the environmental quality (recreation and ecology) of the area.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Visit of Dutch students watermanagement TU Delft
A group of 15 watermanagement students accompanied by two professors of the Technical University of Delft visited Bogotá and this gave us the opportunity give a presentation about our Canal Del more