Sustainable Public Procurement

General information
Dates and venues: Full 10 Oct - 12 Oct. 2018 in New York, United States
Duration: 3 days
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This course is fully booked.

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$1475 USD per participant

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

Registration deadline: 10 Sep. 2018
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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
 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).