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

Florentine Dirks - YEP Agrofood at Wageningen University & Research 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