Introductory Certificate in Public Procurement - Level 2 (Accredited by CIPS)

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Dates and venues: Almost 20 Jun - 23 Jun. 2017 in Madrid, Spain
Duration: 4 days
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$1675 USD per participant

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

Registration deadline: 13 Jun. 2017
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The course venue is:

UNWTO (World Tourism Organization)

C/ Capitán Haya 42,

28020 Madrid




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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
Victor Margall
Victor Margall

Victor Margall von Hegyeshalmy joined UNDP in 2006 and works today as Procurement Specialist and Team Leader for Electoral Procurement at UNDP PSO in Copenhagen.

He manages and coordinates complex electoral procurement projects and Long Term Agreements (LTAs), participates as facilitator in procurement workshops and regularly conducts support missions to UNDP Country Offices (mainly to Africa, also Middle East and Europe), providing advice and support in procurement processes, procurement strategies, contracts management, and liaison with stakeholders.

As PSO training tutor, his primary expertise lies within public procurement and contract management and delivers courses in both English and Spanish.

His work experience at UNDP includes also the management of LTAs, electronic procurement platforms, supervising the GFATM Procurement Team at PSO, and numerous complex procurement projects in diverse areas.

He started in the UN system in 2003 at UNICEF Supply Division as a Consultant for Strategic Analysis of UNICEF’s Immunization Global procurement strategy and for large contracts in Emergency and Water/Sanitation projects. In addition, he brings with him experience from the private sector as Analyst in a major international airline.

Victor is a Spanish national and holds a BBA and MBA Masters Degree by ESADE (Barcelona), and a Cand. Merc. Masters Degree in International Management and Marketing by CBS (Copenhagen Business School).