Public Procurement Change Agents Programme

General information
Dates and venues: Free 09 Apr - 12 Apr. 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 4 days
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Course registration information

US$ 3,520 including training and post-training support and advice:

• Ongoing assistance of the UNDP Public Procurement Change Agents Advisor

• Access to a moderated Public Procurement Change Agents Forum

• Access pre-qualified consultants through the UNDP’s public procurement reform expert roster

Participants are responsible for cost of own airfare and hotel accommodations.

Registration deadline: 09 Mar. 2018
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Designed for

The target audience for the Programme are potential Change Agents: those who are themselves stakeholders in a public procurement system; and/or those who act as “honest brokers” by supporting stakeholders to better understand the problems or opportunities they perceive and to take action to facilitate constructive change. Potential Change Agents may include:

• Development organisations that are working to support partners interested in public procurement reform;

• Political actors who are seeking to frame a public procurement policy agenda;

• Public/ civil servants who want to improve public procurement capacity;

• Civil society representatives who are dissatisfied with a public procurement system and who are seeking to make positive changes;

• Business and industry associations representatives that perceive shortcomings or are seeking to make improvements; and

• Public procurement managers who may be challenged in implementing public procurement reforms.


Learning outcomes

The course aims to equip participants to constructively address public procurement related problems and opportunities by introducing and applying the following concepts, tools and techniques. 


Public procurement systems and their workings:

• the nature of various procurement systems including policy objectives, legislative and regulatory bases and their practice implications.

• strengths and weaknesses of various procurement systems

• general points of intervention for policy and practice improvement in each system


Evidence based policy development and practice transformation

• the concept of evidence based policy and practice development and its application to the development of public procurement systems

• available sources of data/information for understanding the workings of public procurement systems

• analytical tools and techniques to provide evidence to support policy development and practice transformation 


Stakeholder identification and engagement

• the stakeholders in the various aspects of public procurement systems

• the manifestations of problems and opportunities from the point of view of stakeholders

• the needs, issues and influences of stakeholders

• effectively engaging stakeholders in opportunity realization or problem resolution

• sustaining stakeholder motivation and engagement


In addition, information is provided about how the participants may access the supports available through the UNDP Public Procurement Change Agents Programme including:

• the ongoing assistance of the UNDP Public Procurement Change Agents Advisor;

• a moderated Public Procurement Change Agents Forum via a collaboration platform; and,

• when all else fails, access to pre-qualified consultants through a public procurement reform expert roster.

Topics to be covered

Using the information about procurement systems and case studies elicited prior to each course from participants, (and where these are insufficient in range and depth, augmented as necessary with provided examples), the content is introduced as follows:


Day 1​ Public procurement systems and their workings


Day 2​ Evidence based policy development and practice transformation 


Day 3​ Stakeholder identification and engagement


Day 4​ Fully worked case study examples and information on access to the post training support and advice


Interactive and team based learning activities are to promote observation and reflection and to support assimilation of the course content by participants are featured throughout the training. 

Tutor profile
Marco Sosted
Marco Sosted

Marco Soested has been a tutor on UNDP's training courses for several years and has conducted standard and tailor-made courses for UN system organisations, Governments, and IFI's around the world the last 10 years.

Marco Soested joined UNDP in 1995 and has solid experience in identifying, planning and undertaking large scale procurement on behalf of UNDP, UN, GO and NGO clients world-wide. He has provided procurement related support to the UNDP Country offices in Yemen, Jerusalem and Sudan where he was stationed for a longer period of time. His main expertise lies within the area of procurement, contracting and logistics.

Marco is a regular tutor on our courses on "Introductory Certificate in Public Procurement" (Level 2), Advanced Certificate in Public Procurement (Level 3), "Strategic Diploma in Public Procurement" (Level 4), "Supply Chain Management in Humanitarian Organizations” and “Risk Management in Contracting for Construction Services”.

Since 2004, Marco has worked with the implementation of UNDP’s procurement strategy and applied various analytical tools, such as spend analysis, supply and demand analysis and transaction analysis.

Marco has conducted several field missions on behalf of UNDP to e.g. Zambia, UAE, Sri Lanka, Palestinian Territories, Afghanistan, Russian Federation, where he conducted supplier inspections and assisted UNDP Country Offices with training and capacity development, streamlining of procurement processes, and developing procurement capacities.

Marco is a Danish National and his academic qualifications are in Economics.