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.


Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 19):

15 October 2019

Preparatory training course

Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November

Training of the 19th batch starts on 20 January 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 4 November

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Hanna Habtemariam - YEP Agrofood at Alterra in Ethiopia

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

Chrismar Punzal

Where is he now? Hydrologist at Manila Water, Philippines

Young Expert at Rode Kruis - Philippines

YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 4

YEP Role

As a WASH engineer, I was tasked to oversee water and sanitation projects of the Philippine Red Cross particularly for its Haiyan Recovery Program in several areas in the municipalities of Isabel and Merida, Leyte. Click here for more information about my project.



My educational background, enriched by relevant work experience, has provided me skills in hydrologic modelling of catchments, river modelling and hydraulic modeling of water distribution networks.



Nationality: Filipino
Education: Master of Water Resources Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University of the Philippines Diliman


Experience before YEP
I have prior experience in the water industry in the Philippines, having been employed as a water supply engineer for a private water utility company. As such, I was involved in doing hydrological studies for water catchments and designing water distribution networks for different communities.

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Friday, September 23, 2016
Association prepares a source-to-distribution water system maintenance plan
Most people learn of the problems about their water system only after it has occurred. Such case often leads to worse problems such as contamination or cutting of water supply, resulting in less more

Predicting the risks of water system... and doing something to address them

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Sustaining water supply through a community-based organization
In order to sustain the assistance provided by the Red Cross, the community decided to establish a community organization that will oversee the maintenance and operation of their water facilities. more

Sustaining water supply through a community-based organization

Thursday, September 1, 2016
Construction of school-based WASH facilities commences
Three schools will have improved WASH facilities, as construction of communal toilets, rehabilitation of handwashing facilities and water supply facilities commenced last August 8 and 9. These more

Construction of school-based WASH facilities commences