Public Procurement Change Agents Programme

General information
Dates and venues: Full 18 Sep - 21 Sep. 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 4 days
Further information:
Course registration:

This course is fully booked.

Course registration information

$3525 including training and post-training support and advice:

• Ongoing assistance of the UNDP Public Procurement Change Agents Advisor

• Access to a moderated Public Procurement Change Agents Forum

• Access pre-qualified consultants through the UNDP’s public procurement reform expert roster

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

Registration deadline: 25 Aug. 2018
Visa and travelling information
The course venue is:


Marmorvej 51

2100 Copenhagen


Tel. +45 45 33 5000


For visa information, please click on the link below:

Designed for


Potential Change Agents may include but are not limited to:

  • Development organisations that are working to support partners interested in public procurement reform;
  • Political actors who are seeking to frame a public procurement policy agenda;
  • Public/ civil servants who are seeking to improve public procurement capacity;
  • Civil society representatives who perceive issues with a public procurement system and who are seeking to make positive changes;
  • Business and industry associations representatives that perceive shortcomings or are seeking to make improvements in a public procurement system; and
  • Public procurement managers who may be challenged in implementing public procurement reforms.

Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the following capabilities:

How to enhance public procurement systems and their workings?

  • Identify the nature of various procurement systems including policy objectives, legislative and regulatory frameworks and their practice implications.
  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of various procurement systems
  • Identify and explain general points of intervention for policy and practice improvement

How to provide evidence based policy development and practice transformation?

  • Explain the concept of evidence based policy and practice development and its application to the development of public procurement systems
  • Identify available sources of data/information for understanding the workings of public procurement systems
  • Use analytical tools and techniques to provide evidence to support policy development and practice transformation

What is stakeholder identification and engagement?

  • Identify the stakeholders in the various aspects of public procurement systems
  • Identify and circumscribe problems and opportunities in public procurement systems
  • Determine the needs, issues and influences of stakeholders
  • Determine how to most effectively engage various stakeholders in circumscribing opportunity realization or problem resolution
  • Sustaining stakeholder motivation and engagement in policy processes and/or in facilitating practice transformation.


Topics to be covered

Day 1: Public procurement systems and their workings

Day 2: Evidence based policy development and practice transformation

Day 3: Engaging stakeholders

Day 4: Fully worked case study examples and information on access to post training supports


Information is provided on how the participants may access the supports available through the UNDP Public Procurement Change Agents Programme including:

  • Access the online assistance of the UNDP Public Procurement Change Agents Advisor;
  • Participate in and benefit from the moderated Public Procurement Change Agents Forum via a collaboration platform; and,
  • Access pre-qualified consultants as may be required through the UNDP’s public procurement reform expert roster.
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.