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.


Employ a Young Expert; submit your proposal before October 11th

Join YEP Programmes and submit your proposal for a Young Expert position now!

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

Phuu Thit Kyaw - YEP Water at Arcadis Nederland B.V. in Myanmar

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

Eliette González Peréz

Where is she now? Staff Water Resources Management Specialist at World Bank, Nicaragua

Young Expert at Brabant Water - Nicaragua

YEP period 2014 - 2015, batch 3

YEP Role

I was the Local Young Water Expert at Brabant Water, where I performed as Sanitary Engineer in the FUTURAGUA project in Matagalpa. A cooperation project between various Dutch water entities and my local water and sewerage company ENACAL. My role is to be “the connecting bridge” between Nicaraguan and Dutch partners by facilitating the information and knowledge flow from both sides. The project focussed on scenario studies for water supply, Non-Revenue Water (NRW) reduction and optimisation of the existing waste water treatment plant. Ultimately, our main goal was to support capacity building and institutional strengthening of ENACAL, in order to achieve the sustainability of the water systems (drinking water & waste water).

Click here for more information about my project.



My overseas studies helped to shape me into a multi-cultural, energetic, activity-oriented and versatile young water professional. My competences can range from waste water treatment technologies, integrated water management, drinking water to environmental assessments.



Nationality: Nicaraguan
Education: MSc. in Municipal Water and Infrastructure with a specialisation in Sanitary Engineering at UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands. My Master thesis research was done in Malawi on innovative and low-cost treatment approaches to effectively sanitise faecal sludge in the context of an emergency situation.
Post-graduate course in Urban Water and Sanitation at Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Nicaragua.
BSc. Environmental Engineering at Universidad Centroamericana, Nicaragua.


Experience before YEP

Previous to my Master studies I worked for nearly two years in a small consultancy company. It focuses on design of decentralised water systems for the rural Nicaragua, hydrogeological studies and groundwater exploration. I performed as Environmental Advisor, doing environmental impact assessments and analyses for water supply projects supported by local governments and international cooperation.

YEP Water


Email Twitter LinkedIn Skype
Yep AgroYep Water


Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Optimising Matagalpa's water system
In the last couple of months the project has had significant progress. One of our main goals is to improve the city's water supply. It was spotted that the current surface water treatment plant more

1-Water sampling. 2-Supervising coupling works

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Smart water metering
Accomplished! That's how I feel today. We installed an electronic device onto the reservoir's meter which registers water consumption 24 hours a day and transmits the logged data to a central data more

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Let's talk about wastewater
Yesterday, we did field visits to Matagalpa's wastewater treatment and system. We did surveying and checked the plant's operation to identify problems. As a team, we discussed the further actions more