Introductory Certificate in Public Procurement, Level 2 - CIPS Accredited

General information
Dates and venues: Almost 20 Jan - 23 Jan. 2020 in Amman, Jordan
Duration: 4 days
Further information:
Course registration:

Passed registration deadline.

Course registration information

$1675 USD per participant

Registration deadline: 17 Jan. 2020
Visa and travelling information
The course venue is:

Fairmont Amman
6 Beirut St-Fifth Circle,  Amman, Jordan

T. +(962) 6 510 6000 - M. +(962) 77 044 4182 |


Fairmont  Hotel, Amman
6 Beirut St-Fifth Circle,  Amman, Jordan

Contact: Ayah Al Fares 
Executive, Conference Services
T. +(962) 6 510 6000 - M. +(962) 77 044 4182

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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.


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
  • 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.

"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"

Tutor profile
Jack Gottling
Jack Gottling

Jack Gottling has been a tutor on UNDP's training courses for the past 10 years and has conducted standard and tailormade courses for various UN organizations and governments in most regions of the world. His main expertise lies within public procurement and supplier relations management and he is a regular tutor on “Contract and Supplier Relations Management” as well as “Introductory Certificate in Public Procurement – CIPS Level 2”.

Jack Gottling joined the UN system in 1979 and thus has a solid background in international procurement. In 1993, he joined UNDP/IAPSO and later became Deputy Director and responsible for the Procurement Services Unit and member of the Management Team . He was responsible for the co-ordination of accelerated project deliveries to UNDP country offices. In addition, he coordinated procurement policy matters concerning projects financed by the World Bank, the African Development Bank and other development banks. He was also responsible for UNDP/IAPSO’s Marine Cargo Insurance Policy and Global Freight Forwarding arrangements. His earlier assignments include Senior Procurement Officer with the UN specialized Agency ILO in Geneva (1979-1993). He has undertaken a large number of procurement missions to country offices as well as projects mainly in Africa and Asia.

Jack Gottling retired from UNDP as Deputy Director in 2007 and is now one of our external tutors.

Jack Gottling is a Swedish National and his academic background is in mechanical engineering.