Sustainable Public Procurement

General information
Dates and venues: Almost 23 Oct - 27 Oct. 2023 in Virtual Class, Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)
Duration: 5 days
Further information:

Virtual Training to be conducted via ZOOM

Monday 23rd October - Friday 27th October 2023

13:00pm - 16:30pm, all 5 days, UTC+2 (Copenhagen Summer Time)

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Course registration information

$1475 USD per participant

Registration deadline: 21 Oct. 2023
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Designed for

This course is designed for those working in the public sector interested in obtaining a comprehensive understanding of sustainable public procurement. It is designed for procurement professionals as well as those closely working in the procurement process including programme and project staff. Specifically, it is relevant to those working with sustainability issues as managers, policy makers, procurement practitioners, requisitioners, clients, contract managers and/or contract review committee members etc


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

  • Develop and implement a strategic plan for SPP

  • Identify key stakeholders in the SPP procurement process

  • Bring SPP from a concept into practical use

  • Integrating SPP in the public procurement processes, practices, and procedures

  • Use specifications to improve the sustainable outcome of the procurement process

  • Identify methods to improve sustainability of the supplier base

  • Understand how evaluation criteria can be used in SPP

  • Understand the methods and importance of contract management in the SPP process

Topics to be covered
  • The principles of Sustainable Public Procurement

  • Strategic framework to implement an SPP programme

  • Understand SPP techniques and tools, including best practices and case studies

  • How SPP can be incorporated into the procurement process

  • How specification development plays a critical role in SPP

  • Using ecolabels and other standards to promote and achieve sustainability

  • What strategies can be used to improve SPP through the supplier selection process

  • How evaluation criteria improves SPP

  • How contract management requirements are important to the overall success of SPP

  • The course is designed to be highly interactive
  • Each module starts with an overview of the relevant theory, rules, policies and procedures – followed by case studies and group discussions
  • 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 sustainability issues of procurement rules and regulations of the various UN and public organisations


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.