Advanced Certificate in Public Procurement - Level 3 (Accredited by CIPS)

General information
Dates and venues: Free 14 May - 18 May. 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 5 days
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Course registration information
Fee:

$1975 USD per participant

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

Registration deadline: 14 Apr. 2018
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Designed for

This course is designed for procurement officers or those in functions that include close interaction with procurement, such as programme and project staff seeking advanced training in UN and public procurement planning, contract management and negotiations. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Level 3 builds on the capabilities developed in the level 2 course. A UNDP/CIPS Level 2 Certificate is therefore a prerequisite for registration at level 3. Therefore, please only register for the course if you have successfully passed UNDP/CIPS level 2 certification. No registrations will be accepted from students without necessary prior level 2 certification.

Objectives

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

  • Analyse procurement strategies providing best fit to specific procurement requirements
  • Apply systematic risk assessment and management processes to procurement activities
  • Development and review of specifications for advanced procurement purposes
  • Conduct and document supplier research and market analysis and associated activities to facilitate the purchasing process
  • Understand and apply issues related to supplier development, supply alliances and supply chain management
  • Understanding bid evaluation methods
  • Conduct efficient cost and financial risk analysis
  • Execute effective contract development and management processes
  • Communicate effectively in various situations
  • How to apply the principles of conflict management
  • Communicate, council, and negotiate effectively with clients and suppliers
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of the principles of professional personal development
Topics to be covered
  • Procurement systems and procedures
  • Risk management planning
  • Activities involved in specification development
  • Supplier research and market analysis
  • Contract development
  • Bid evaluation
  • Financial analysis principles and tools
  • Cost analysis incl. life-cycle costing
  • Types of contracts and arrangements
  • Developing contracts for services
  • Contract Administration
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Disputes, warranties and corrective action
  • Communicating with clients and suppliers
  • Communication and conflict management
  • Introduction to negotiation
  • Negotiation ethics and tactics
  • Personal professional development
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 3 Advanced Certificate in Public Procurement 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). Compolsory 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 3000 words written essay/project 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 3 “Advanced Certificate in Public Procurement".
  • 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

"This is an excellent and concise training programme. It builds convincingly on Level 2 learning points and adds more advanced and generic knowledge especially to the planning, sourcing and contracting stages of the procurement process". Quote from a course participant from a Vienna based UN organisation

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 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).