Introductory Certificate in Public Procurement - Level 2 (Accredited by CIPS)

General information
Dates and venues: Free 29 May - 01 Jun. 2018 in Washington, United States
Duration: 4 days
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Course registration information
Fee:

$1675 USD per participant

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

Registration deadline: 29 Apr. 2018
Visa and travelling information
The course venue is:

PAHO
Pan American  Health Organisation
525 23RD St, NW, 
Washington DC 20037
USA

Tel: +1 202 974 3000; fax: +1 202 974 3663

Accommodation:
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Designed for

This course is designed for those working in the public sector interested in gaining a comprehensive overview of public procurement and obtaining a professional certification in UN and public procurement, accredited with CIPS. It is also relevant to those new to the procurement function or those who have worked in the function, but have not previously undertaken formal training. Additionally, those in functions that include close interaction with procurement, such as programme and project staff who would like a closer understanding of procurement would find this course relevant.

Objectives

By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the principles of effective procurement, the UN and public procurement process, and the role of procurement strategy
  • Understand the activities associated with effective procurement projects
  • Conduct procurement planning and stakeholder management
  • Write specifications and effective terms of reference (TOR)
  • Choose appropriate procurement method (RFQ, ITB, RFP)
  • Select advertisement method and type of competition
  • Understand dos and don’ts when drafting bidding documents
  • Invite and evaluate bids and proposals
  • Practice ethics and integrity in procurement
  • Understand what rules and procedures apply to UN and public procurement
  • Appreciate the relevance of these rules, with particular reference to the procurement process, and why they are there
Topics to be covered
  • The principles of UN and public procurement
  • Procurement planning and strategy
  • The procurement practises and processes
  • Engaging and managing stakeholders
  • Writing specifications and terms of reference
  • Selection of methods (RFQ, ITB and RFP)
  • Preparation of solicitation documents
  • Market analysis and identifying suppliers
  • Sourcing and advertisement
  • Bid receipt and opening
  • Evaluating bids and proposals
  • Contract approval process
  • Committee submissions and approvals
  • Contract award and management
  • Contract management terms and skills
  • Performance monitoring
  • Ethics and integrity in procurement
Methodology
  • The course is designed to be highly interactive.
  • Participants will be working on challenging hands-on practical exercises and case studies with peers from other organizations and share best practices in public procurement.
  • The course will also provide participants with the opportunity to discuss the different procurement rules and regulations of the various UN and public organisations.
  • To be awarded the UNDP/CIPS Level 2 Procurement Certificate students must successfully pass three tests:
  • Test I. The Multiple Choise Questionnaire (MCQ) conducted during the training course, where students must answer 100 multiple choice questions of which 80% have to be answered correctly in 2 hours. The MCQ will test the student’s knowledge and understanding of the course syllabus
  • Test II. In-class Workbook (ICW). Compulsory in class invididual exercise workbook to be completed during the course. Pass/fail, marked by course tutor(s) during the course.
  • Test III. The Work-Based Assignment (WBA) where students are given 8 weeks to complete a short written essay (maximum 3000 words) to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the syllabus and how this can be applied to a practical work-related case.
  • Students successfully completing the in-class MCQ and the WBA project will be awareded the dual UNDP/CIPS Level 2 “Introductory Certificate in Purchasing and Supply”.
  • For students requiring additional submissions of the work-based assessment (failed first and/or second attempt) the fee for resubmission is USD 250 per submission.
Quotes

"Overall an excellent course, very relevant to my work"

"There were excellent communication skills and techniques used by the Tutor"

"I would definitely recommend this course to Programme and Project staff"

"I gained a lot of knowledge by taking this course"


"I would like to thank PSO/LRC Colleagues for this wonderful opportunity and wish everyone successful completion of the programme"

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Tutor profile
 Andria Bjørnestad
Andria Bjørnestad

Andria Bjørnestad joined UNDP/PSO in April 2011 and works today as a Procurement Specialist in the Quality Assurance and Professionalisation unit in UNDP’s Procurement Support Office in Copenhagen.

Andria Bjørnestad started working for the UN in 1992 when she joined UNICEF Supply Division’s vaccine procurement unit (EPI). In 1997 she moved to UNOPS’ Division of Procurement Services (DPS) as a buyer of goods and services such as: raw materials (cement, resins, chemicals, iron and steel, paint) vehicles, construction & earth-moving machinery, IT & office equipment and printing services, mainly for projects in francophone Africa and Latin America.

For the last five years with UNOPS prior to joining UNDP PSO, she was a Procurement Advisor in the Global Procurement Support Unit with a focus on Corporate LTAs, procurement of services, enhancement of procurement processes and solicitation documents, and development and delivery of procurement training courses. She was also a member of the UNOPS HQ Contracts and Property Committee and chair of the Appointments and Selections Panel.

As a tutor, her primary expertise lies within public procurement and CIPS accredited courses, and she delivers courses in both English and Spanish.
Andria is a UK national with an academic background in language studies, she is also a fully qualified Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS).